Entertaining at home is increasingly popular. Finding great menu ideas and recipes is a top priority for hosts, so let’s take a look at trendy drinks that will have your guests raving long after the party.
Since the Roaring Twenties, bourbon has been a favorite of the stylish class. Bourbon gained popularity during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s and ironically, approaching the year 2020, it had a kind of renaissance once again.
We could say bourbon is a ’20s thing, and may inspire a flapper-themed costume party. What to serve? The old fashioned, of course, a classic that is new again.
- 2 ounces of bourbon
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- Teaspoon sugar
- Club soda
Put the sugar in the bottom of the cocktail glass and add bitters and a splash of club soda. Muddle the ingredients and coat the bottom of the glass. Add ice and chilled bourbon, and garnish with an orange twist.
This is a drink that you don’t want to be diluted, so chill the bourbon separately, then pour it into a new glass with fresh ice with the bitters at the bottom. If the color doesn’t match the bourbon in the bottle, your cocktail is watered-down.
You’ll recognize this drink immediately from the copper mug it’s served in. Why this kind of mug? Copper is used because it’s a conductor, meaning that the cold temperature spreads rapidly through the material. While it doesn’t actually make the drink colder, it does seem colder than it would if you were drinking out of a regular mug.
- Ginger Beer
- Lime Juice
Fill a copper mug with ice, add ginger beer, a shot of vodka, and fresh lime juice to taste. Stir. Garnish with a fresh lime.
For an added punch, use a juicer to make fresh lime juice. Also, shop around for your favorite Ginger Beer. There are many varieties with different levels of spice.
The outlaw of all cocktail ingredients, absinthe was once thought to cause hallucinations in anyone who drank it. Absinthe is back in a big way. Try this fantabulous cocktail, Sazerac, brought to you from New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Half teaspoon sugar
- 2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
- Teaspoon of water
- 2 oz of rye whiskey
- 1/8 teaspoon of absinthe
Put sugar, bitters, and a splash of water in a cocktail glass. Stir to dissolve. Add ice, and then whiskey. Coat a second glass with the absinthe, then strain the ingredients from the first glass into the coated glass.
You should drink Sazerac without ice, or neat. Ideally, it is served in a rocks glass.
This bubbly libation is so special, it gets two drink recipes.
Aperol Spritz: Add ice to a wine glass until almost full, and pour in Aperol until it is 1/3 full. Add an equal amount of Prosecco, top with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice.
Bellini: The proportions are essentially the same as the Aperol Spritz, with one part peach juice or peach nectar, and two parts Prosecco.
Perfect drinks for brunch, serve in an elegant champagne glass.
Drink In Moderation
Cocktail parties are always in vogue, but it’s a good idea to offer the couch to anyone who has too much to drink. If a partygoer does get pulled over for drunk driving, a Fort Worth DWI lawyer should be the first phone call. Drinking responsibly within the parameters of the law will keep you safe and enjoying good times with friends for years to come.