Whether you may be throwing a party for a specific reason like a housewarming, or just as a get-together for your friends, you no doubt want it to be original. To do that though, you must have a starting point of your overall feel of the gathering. I’ll be showing you how to throw a sophisticated, modern, and chic cocktail party that is comfortable and fun. A description that doesn’t generally go with those descriptive terms! This is a trend that is easily adaptable to any sort of event, may it be a wedding, housewarming, shower, or just a party for the fun of it.
First off, you need something to make your cocktail party unique. You may choose to be the mixologist for the evening, or have a talented friend do the job if you don’t hire a professional cocktail caterer. Once you make that decision and get your bar arranged for, choose your signature drink. It will be the one you have out and the mixologist will ask” would you like a ~signature drink name here~ or to place an order?” This drink will set the tone. For my example cocktail party the signature drink will be a Peach Whiskey Smash, a fitting drink to pull together this cocktail party.
A peach whiskey smash consists of:
1/2 peach, cut into thick slices. 3 or 4 fresh mint leaves. 1 lemon wedge. 1 ounce water. 1/2 ounce simple syrup. 2 ounces whiskey. 1 sprig mint. 1 thin peach slice for garnish. muddle all ingredients except whiskey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and whiskey. Shake and strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of mint.
Here is where I got this specific recipe: http://mixandserve.com/category/drinkreceipes/
You want to have food that goes with the theme your drink creates.
For a cocktail party, it’s good to keep with easy to eat to foods, like hors d’oeuvres and bite-sized desserts to keep people circulating.This is a recipe for the bruschetta with peach salsa and brie shown above: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/bruschetta-with-peach-salsa-melted-brie-10000001634755/
Set out a spot of sweet and unsweet tea in pitchers with a glass of mint sprigs for ones interested in a non-alcoholic beverage. I suggest checking out buying actual mint plants versus sprigs in the grocery aisle. It’s quite generally considerably cheaper, if you don’t already have one in your yard to supply it. Just cut the stems and wash the leaves gently before using. You don’t want potting soil in your drinks!
Arrange vases of peach colored flowers about (tulips are lovely) with sprigs of mint as the greenery to release a pleasant aroma to set the mood for your cocktail party.
You can continue on with the theme past this to have bite-sized peach cobblers (it’s trendy to take comfort foods and put a modern spin on them), eggplant and mint dip, cucumbers with yogurt mint dressing, even make finger cucumber sandwiches with pickled peaches! A recipe for pickled peaches: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/nanas-southern-pickled-peaches/detail.aspx
A cocktail party is a great way to assert your individuality and have a laid back party with your friends. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you thrown a cocktail party before? What did you do for it? Our other readers would love to hear about it!
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