An array of beverages, the bartender’s theatrics and a room full of cool people – a cocktail party is always a special affair. Once you’ve chosen your party-ready look follow these tips and a have a night to remember.
Snapping your fingers, yelling, or clapping at the bartender will only get you ignored. Simply make eye contact and wait. Order clearly and leave the beer for another time.
KEEP CALM AND MINGLE
This isn’t a heavy stag night. The cocktail party is an altogether classier affair; a time for conversation and making new acquaintances. Drink with care and hold them in your left hand, keeping the right free for handshakes, daps or whatever else you have in your hand-greeting arsenal.
This one divides opinion, but it’s safe to say that if you order from the list below, the straw will only be for stirring. Sucking good whiskey through cylindrically shaped plastic is just wrong.
ASK THE PRO
Decisions: be safe and order your usual drink or go off-piste and get a glass furnished with umbrellas and lemongrass. That friendly person behind the bar is a pro (no literally, mixology is a thing). Ask their advice. Alternatively, order from this list of great cocktails:
- Mojito. White rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water and crushed mint leaves. Sweet and refreshing.
- Classic Manhattan. Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry. A smoky and sweet taste.
- Cuba Libre. It’s essentially an upgraded Rum & Coke with squeezed lime juice. You get the rum base with sweet and sour notes.
- Tom Collins. Gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda water. A smooth and sweet taste with some kick.
- White Russian. The Dude’s drink of choice in the film, ‘The Big Lebowski’. It’s basically vodka, coffee liqueur and cream.
- Bloody Mary. The most complicated cocktail. Numerous variations but all include vodka, tomato and lemon juice, with Worcestershire and hot sauce.
- Martini. Four parts gin and one part dry vermouth. Strain, add a squeeze of lemon and garnish with an olive. About as classic as cocktails get.