As I mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking about throwing a Holiday party, but seeing as the calendar is already chock full of invites from people who actually planned ahead my party most likely will go off after the New Year.
I definitely plan on serving a signature cocktail -- a good stiff drink is a great way to liven up a party, not to mention I love the somewhat retro nature of the cocktail. A garnished cocktail in the right glass is a nod to the glamour of the past (not to mention my ongoing obsession with AMC's "Mad Men".)
Right now I'm torn between two absolutely delicious sounding cocktail recipes I found in Colin Cowie Chic:
- 1 Oz Cranberry juice
- 1 Oz Orange juice
- 2 Ozs Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Passion Fruit Rum
- 1 Oz. Passion Fruit puree
- 1/4 Oz fresh ginger juice (1/2 cup ginger per two cups water, brewed slowly -- do not boil -- for fifteen to twenty minutes)
- 8 to 12 seeds of Thai chili pepper, 3 to 4 pieces of chopped up chili, and 1 Thai pepper, sliced for garnish (slice it so it adheres to the glass!)
- Nutmeg for garnish
- 1/4 shot Chambord
- 1/4 shot elderflower cordial (I'll probably use St. Germain)
- Chilled champagne
A while back, I mentioned a set of metal-rimmed highball glasses that I saw at Lee Alex Decor, a local vintage shop. Well, I was perusing the sale offerings at West Elm and I came across these lovelies! Of course they don't have the cachet of vintage, but they have the added bonus of a monogram (be still my preppy heart!) :
Photo: West Elm
These would be a perfectly perfect addition to my bar (hint for those that are shopping for me for Christmas)!
As Colin Cowie says, the recipe for a perfect cocktail party is "...snappy cocktails, tasty food, groovy music, and colorful people -- in equal quantities!" Well, I have the cocktails down... next steps guest list and hors d'oeuvres!