I rarely drink cocktails, but I’m intrigued by the whole artisanal cocktail culture.
Unfortunately, though, I often can’t think of a single thing to order if I’m somewhere cocktails are being served.
This is actually harder than it sounds, as your drink of choice says something about you, and I feel compelled to strike a balance between lame (Red Bull and vodka) and douche-y (ironically, also Red Bull and vodka, although small-batch vodka with hand carved ice).
Entertaining at home is also a stressor: what to serve? We don’t have any liquor at our house right now, so even setting up a basic bar would require an investment.
Yesterday I had a long wait by myself before lunch, and I snapped a few pics from the restaurant’s bar menu in case I ever felt inspired.
This banana martini is a liquid dessert. Yum.
Here’s lunch when it finally came:
After years of staying home on New Year’s Eve, this year we got a great invitation from my friends J. and B. – two sisters-in-law who are totally fun – to spend the evening with them and their respective spouses.
J. and B. have an in at a local restaurant and secured one of the hottest tables in town for an NYE blow out.
And they invited us to join them.
My initial reaction: Yes! Yes! Yes!
And then I remembered the children.
Miracle of miracles, we locked in a babysitter (I will pay her handsomely, I swear) and we’re planning to celebrate in style.
Even though this year is a departure from our usual pre-11 PM turn in, I loved these tips for hosting a New Year’s Eve party from Parade magazine.
- Dress up! Even in your own home. Festive dress, is, well, festive. It sets the mood for a fun night.
- Make champagne cocktails. How about a Kir Royale? Champagne plus creme de cassis is pretty delicious. A classic champagne cocktail is also delicious; add a bitters-dipped sugar cube to champagne for a cool effect. Big impact!
- Serve impressive, retro appetizers. Shrimp cocktail. Crab dip. Caviar.
- Stream Frank Sinatra.
And my favorite tip: send guests home with hangover kits containing ibuprofen, eye masks, coconut water and lip balm.
Personally, I would add Cheetos to that kit.
Or do what my parents always did when I was a kid: serve up a huge 3 AM breakfast feast for revelers still in play.
Last weekend, my darling friend W. and I went out to dinner at this place, and yes, the cocktails were insane.
Welcome, Dizzy Water.
- 1 part Limoncello
- 2 parts ginger beer
- Add ice
Garnish with this.
Seriously, these Luxardo cherries are out of this world.
No more than that.
The bartender told me that the cherries are $100 wholesale in the size they order and they have to be hidden from staff.
P.S. Find them here.
We’re back from vacation!
No major drama, either, so that’s a good thing.
While I otherwise missed out on opportunities to consume fruity umbrella drinks, I did have a small digestif that I think is going to be my new go-to when hosting summer meals.
The drink itself is simple: use a melon baller to place 1-2 small scoops of sorbet into a champagne glass and top with bubbly.
I had a lemon sorbet/champagne combo, but I can already imagine that mango, raspberry or even something more exotic would also be delicious.
Serve it with a tiny spoon in case guests want a a nibble of the sorbet before it totally melts.