Hosting a cocktail party doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. First, create a theme for your party and coordinate the drinks and food to fall in line. This will help you save money by limiting your drink choices and also make things more fun for your guests. The food menu doesn’t have to be over the top either as many delicious appetizers can be quick and easy to make and can even be prepared ahead of time.
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Here are some delectable cocktail recipes to please every palate:
Juice of 1.5 blood oranges
Juice of 1.5 limes
1.5 oz favorite tequila
0.5 oz Cointreau
1 Tbsp pomegranate juice
Mix all ingredients (except the salt) in a shaker. Take a lime wedge and run it along the rim of the glass. Dip the rim in salt. Add ice to the glass and pour in blood orange margarita mixture. Garnish with an orange or lime wedge.
0.75 oz sweet vermouth
2.5 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel
Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey and bitters with ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently. Drop a cherry in a cocktail glass and pour in the drink mixture. Rub an orange wedge over the glass rim.
0.5 lime, quartered
1 tsp white sugar
2.5 fluid oz cachaca
1 cup ice cubes
In a large rocks glass, squeeze and drop in 2 eighths of lime. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir well.