Parties hosted by moi are usually come-as-you-are, no muss, little fuss, casual affairs. But every once in a while I like to class up the joint and host a swanky cocktail party. I trade in my jeans for a dress, actually style my hair and apply that coloured stuff to my lips. You know, not Chapstick...actual lipstick. Really, I go all out.
People sometimes shy away from hosting a cocktail party. The task can seem complicated and stuffy, not to mention expensive. But it doesn’t have to be that way...
Here’s How To Serve Cocktails On A Budget:
Here are three easy cocktails to serve for $100 (based on 10-12 guests at 3-4 drinks each).
1 750 ml bottle of gin = $25
1 750 ml bottle of vodka = $25
1 750 ml bottle of Absolut Berri Acai Flavoured Vodka = $25
Juices, soda, garnishes $25
Ginger Lemonade: Add 1 ½ oz. vodka, ¼ tsp. ginger juice and 4 oz. lemonade to a glass with ice and garnish with a lemon twist.
Cranberry Martini: Add 1 ½ oz. Absolut Berri Acai Flavoured Vodka and top with 4 oz. cranberry juice and 1 oz. pineapple juice to a glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a cherry.
Here’s an example of an ENTERTAINING SIZED RECIPE (Pitcher)
3 cups gin (24 oz.)
1 cup lime cordial (8 oz.)
2 cups cranberry juice (16 oz.)
Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir to mix. Pour into cocktail glasses filled with crushed ice and garnish each with a lime wheel and a frozen cranberry.
Makes 12 Servings
* Have cans of soda and/or tonic available for those who prefer less “fruity” cocktails.
Recipes and photo courtesy of www.lcbo.com