Like fingerprints and snowflakes…with olives

4 Dec

I’m a big believer in signature cocktails, and not just at weddings. A specially-crafted drink can complement a theme (assuming the theme is not Islam, AA, or liver disease), lower a budget, and make a party more memorable.

There are lots of resources out there (let me google that for you),  but personally I think you can do it on your own. It’s mixology, not rocket science!

Here are some of my favorites:

For a green themed party (green as in the environment, not St. Patrick’s day or envy), try the Greenhouse Gas. Use McCormick Distilling’s 360 Vodka which uses environmentally friendly distilling processes and sustainable packaging.

1 1/2 oz.  vodka
1/2 oz. Midori
Red Bull
Serve over ice and garnish with spiraled lemon

For an Oscar viewing party, try a Red Carpetini.

2 oz Irish Cream
1/2 oz vodka
Shake and serve in a martini glass
Rim with red sugar

For a Fourth of July party, try an American Flag.

2 parts grenadine
2 parts blueberry martini mixer
3 parts vodka
Layer this shot by adding grenadine first, followed by the cold vodka poured in slowly off the back of a spoon. Add the blueberry mixer on top by pouring it off the back of a spoon.

Bonus! You can give guests a recipe card as a low-cost party favor.

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2 Responses to “Like fingerprints and snowflakes…with olives”

  1. juliacsmith December 14, 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    Hannah, do you have a recommendation for the ultimate New Year’s cocktail?

  2. hannahkane December 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    Good question, Julia. My first thought was that it has to be a champagne cocktail. Maybe champagne with a shot of cherry juice, or champagne with half a shot of cherry brandy. I think that would make a festive and refreshing toast.

    My second thought was that, if you’re in a northern climate, a warm cocktail would be nice for a chilly late December night. So how about a classic hot toddy to ring in the new year?

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