Booze Blog: cocktail, details?

    While the ever-present availability of basement booze may appeal to the average college kid, occasionally, we need a semblance of something a bit more adult. The solution: apartment party, cocktail edition.

    Little umbrellas make for fancy garnishes.

    Photo by Virginia Nowakowski / North by Northwestern

    The Aesthetic

    The perfect cocktail party requires the perfect atmosphere. So create an aesthetic. Pick a color scheme, whether it be gold, shades of purple, or classic black and white. Subtly decorate your apartment, with streamers and tablecloths. If you’re feeling fancy, maybe even some balloons. Even color schemed plastic cutlery and cups can make all the difference.

    The Invitation

    A nicely gif-ed text. A dog-faced snapchat. A short email. However you choose to invite your guests, be sure to give all the essentials - date, time, location - and be sure to emphasize the dress code. After all, what is a cocktail party if not a reason to drink and get dressed up?

    The Food

    Though most people come for the drinks, snacks are just as important a part of a cocktail party. Some ideas:

          • Deviled eggs - cheap and easy, and requires little more than a carton of eggs.
          • A baguette and tapenade (to make you feel the most adult)
          • Good old cheese and crackers
          • Pretzels and chips
          • Pita bread and hummus 

    Or check out Pinterest for any of these cool ideas. And finally…

    The Drinks

    Cape Cod

    Add a shrimp dish to really feel the sea.
          • 3 oz. cranberry juice
          • 2 oz. vodka
          • One lime wedge

    Preferred brand: New Amsterdam, $15/bottle

    Black Russian

    To warm you up during the colder months.

          • 1.5 oz. vodka
          • .75 oz. coffee liquor

    Preferred brands: Svedka $23/bottle, Kahlua $18/bottle

    Lemon Drop Martini

    To give your cocktail party a little citrus spirit!

            • 1.5 oz. vodka
            • .75 oz. of lemon juice
            • .25 oz. of simple syrup
            • Lemon garnish

    Preferred brands: Svedka $23/bottle

    Long Island Iced Tea

    Because everything from Long Island is fancy.

            • .5 oz. vodka
            • .5 oz. rum
            • .5 oz. gin
            • .5 oz. tequila
            • .5 oz. Triple Sec (or any orange-flavored liquor)
            • 1 oz. Coke, to taste
            • Lemon wedges or lemon juice

    Preferred brands: Absolut $19/bottle, Angostura $18/bottle, Seagram’s $16/bottle, Hornito’s $25/bottle

    Dark Side of the Moon

    If you’re too cheap to buy anything but beer.

            • 1 oz. Guinness
            • 1 oz. Blue Moon

    Remember, all of these are just suggestions! You set the tone of your cocktail party, and whether its fancy, fun or even ’90s inspired, be sure to drink safely and responsibly.


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