Party hosts looking for creative drinks for their summer celebration menu can prepare a variety of beverages and cocktails for guests.

Hosts can get creative with a number of drink recipes by adding different spices, fruits and more to the mix.

According to the Flavor Forecast team from McCormick, one of the beverage trends this summer explores icy treats and incorporating them into drinks.

"Our latest Flavor Forecast trend reinvents traditional treats to meet everyone's increased craving for bold flavor experiences," said McCormick executive chef Kevan Vetter. Shaved ice and other iced renditions can easily be added to cocktails and mocktails.

"Bold, concentrated flavors from fresh fruit syrups, bitters, sours and spices guarantee they won't get diluted as the ice melts. Sip, slurp, spoon and repeat," writes the Flavor Forecast team.

In addition to the iced trend, there is much to be done with fresh fruit - such as purees and syrups as well as adding other ingredients such as cucumbers, olives, herbs and more to seasonal drinks.

Creamy creations, according to the team at Flavor Forecast, are also fun and flavorful when it comes to creating drinks. Beverages, such as a buttermilk masala chaas drink, can include various ethnic flavors from regions such as Thailand and India.

Serve the following drinks at your next party.

By Eloise Marie Valadez, Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, 219-933-3365