Monday, February 9, 2009

You Can Buy An Education, But You Can't Buy Class

At BevMo! the other day, Courtney and I picked up a couple little pamphlets with drink recipes and entertaining guidelines. I didn't read it until today but they have proven incredibly useful and interesting.

They give the following timeline for planning a cocktail party:
4 weeks prior: Send invitations
3 weeks prior: Order party accessories
2 weeks prior: Order specialty ingredients
1 week prior: Order desserts and flowers
2 days prior: Buy non-perishable items and spirits
Day before: Pick up flowers and perishable ingredients (remember garnishes and ice)
Morning of: Decorate house. Set table and cocktail station. Prepare apperizers and refrigerate.
Hour of: Set out appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages and make your signature cocktail.

I have modified this timeline for people like me:
1 week prior: Make facebook event, invite the hell out of people, be sure to mention BYOB because you can't finance everyone's drunkenness.
1 day prior (maybe) or day of: Buy cart load of alcohol at Ralphs, biggest bag of red cups, maybe a bag a chips
Hour of: Worry a little that either not enough people will show up to consume all alcohol and think oh well, more for me. OR worry that too many people will show up and your party will soar too high too fast and then think oh well, I will be drunk.
During: Entertain and forget all of your responsibilities

And Now For Cocktails I am going to try:

1oz whiskey
2oz sweet and sour mix
1/4 oz Triple Sec
Shake & serve over ice.

1.5oz Vodka
3oz Orange Juice
Splash Grand Marnier
Splash Lemon Lime Soda
Shake & serve over ice.

(Gin) Madras
1.5oz Gin
2oz Orange Juice
2oz Cranberry Juice
Serve over ice.

(Rum) Pineapple Splash
1.5oz White Rum
4oz Orange Juice
Splash Grenadine
Serve over ice.

Washington Apple
1oz Whiskey
1/2oz Apple Vodka
2oz Cranberry Juice
Serve over ice.

(Vodka) Madras
1.5oz Vodka
3oz Cranberry Juice
1oz Orange Juice
Shake & strain into champagne flute.

(Vodka) Diddy
1.5oz Vodka
3oz Lemonade
Shake & strain into chilled martini glass.

There are lots more pearls of wisdom in the little pamphlets which I will share later.

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