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Old 01-30-2006, 10:50 PM   #11
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Buy this Book!!!!

Ted has some perfect ideas for your party!
I got it at the library for my husband, actually,
but when I read Ted's cocktail party stuff, I knew
I had to buy my own copy. I got a great deal on
ebay.




And, you can't forget this one -( I copy/pasted it from one of my old postings)


I made something new last night:
(it's probably a common drink, but since I had a pitcher of lemonade....and the liquor cabinet was full....)
I had a glass of good tart Lemonade with a shot of Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka, over ice.

Boy was it tasty! Reminded me of Lemon Meringue Pie.

My library has 47 copies of it in stock.
I'll go pick it up in the next few days! Thanks for the idea.
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:28 AM   #12
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FORTY-SEVEN????????? I think your city needs a visit from the fab 5 themselves!
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:24 AM   #13
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If you buy orange-, pineapple- and cranberry-juice, coke, 7-up and some tonic ~ you have 80% of the drinks covered by just adding rum, vodka, gin, whiskey and/or bourben.

Cut lots of limes and lemons, they add that special touch to even the most basic of drink. Grenadine and Roses' Lime are must haves as well. (mmmm tequila sunrises!)

A good BloodyMary mix is always handy as well. I have a super recipe for a mix that is boxed up in storage , but I'll dig around and see if I can find a similar one.

If you need a bartender, lemme know.


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Old 01-31-2006, 07:33 AM   #14
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PS ~ for girly drinks, liqueurs and cordials are usually a hit: Gran Marnier, Bailey's, Kahlua, Frengelico, Amaretto, Midori, etc. Problem is, most are in fussy type drinks. You know, where it's a dash of this and a splash of that with cream, yadda yadda.

But maybe if you'd just choose a couple of them you could come up with some stuff to have pre-mixed to make it easier.

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Old 01-31-2006, 07:49 AM   #15
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Margaritas are a great idea!
And the chocolate martinis sound interesting. Can you tell me how to make them? THANK YOU!!
Even though I'm more of a stirred, not shaken (Sorry, Commander Bond) person, here's the recipe we have for them....

Ice
2 fluid ounces chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
1/2 ounce grated chocolate

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the chocolate liqueur and vodka to the shaker. Shake briskly to mix and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the chocolate.


Although I have to admit - I hardly ever truly measure. I use more of a 1 part to one part mix, so I just eyeball it.

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Old 01-31-2006, 07:58 AM   #16
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How about Sangria?? It is very colourful, festive and tasty... you can make a few different version, too...

http://www.spain-recipes.com/sangriarecipe.html
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:34 AM   #17
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There was a time when a proper household had a fully stocked bar and could put together most anything. But times have changed...many "fancy drinks" contain so many ingredients and have so many variants, it is nearly impossible to keep current or stocked for the onslaught. Also, with today's very tough drunk driving laws, and liability litigation, party givers have a responsibility to plan the event.

Your beverages are very much a part of your food offerings. You dictate what you are serving. Some fine wines, and some make it your way favorites such as the Bloody Mary. A pitcher of well fruited sangria would also be in order.

I throw a New Year's party every year and have wine, beer, and the Bloody Mary. What I have seen over the years is fascinating...many will have a glass of wine, then a reasonable Bloody Mary, followed by many Virgin Marys. It's a drink you can unspike and no one knows. You can spice it up or tone it down as you like. There are several other drinks that can be done much the same way.

Have a great party...and make extra cause we're all flying in!
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Pimm's

Part of the British landscape....

When I'm catering for a lot of people and want a trouble-free drink, I choose to serve pitchers of Pimm's. Normally, these are outdoor, summery type occasions - all too rare in the UK climate! Don't know how warm it is in Seattle in April, but there are lots of other recipes on this site, as well as Pimm's.

http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/drink_feat_pimms_mixing.asp
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:54 AM   #19
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Your party sounds like it's going to be a blast! Here are some links with oodles of cocktail/drinnk recipes:

http://www.webtender.com/

http://cocktails.about.com/

http://www.cocktail.com/ (Great site, they have lots of really good alcohol related articles)

http://www.drinknation.com/ (This site is cool, you can search by things like drink ingredient or theme)

http://www.drinksmixer.com/

http://www.1001cocktails.com/recipes/

http://www.freedrinkrecipes.com/index.html

(It might be good to have a non-alcoholic punch or the ingredients for virgin drinks on hand for those who can't/opt not to drink )
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Ah, and don't forget to hire a bouncer just in case someone has too much to drink and start misbehaving...
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