I have finally gotten to that stage in my life where it is time to retire the “college drinking habits” and act like a grown up! For clarification once you hit 26 it is no longer acceptable to text “BYOB” when inviting friends over for drinks or to serve cheap vodka in bright red solo cups. Instead of cramming 50 of your closest friends (that you just met a week ago) into your 600 square foot apartment, refine your list and make it something enjoyable!
Entertaining can get expensive, especially living in a city such as New York, but that doesn’t mean you can’t properly entertain on a budget! Think about your guests’ wants; an inviting atmosphere, something tasty to snack on and a delicious drink in hand.
So please, throw the funnel away and follow these steps to an adult drinking occasion in Whiskey Dame style!
Make sure your apartment/home is clean and inviting. I like to light a candle for a fresh scent. Set the mood with some good background music, Pandora usually does the trick! Invest in some simple plates and pretty glassware. My favorite place to shop is Fishs Eddy; you can purchase items in any quantity which eliminates having extra or not having enough.
It is absolutely imperative to serve food if you are drinking! Take the food out of their packaging and put them in matching bowls and platters. This will give it a less college dorm room look and feel =) Make sure you have something for everyone. These days many people have special dietary needs. Stick with simple things like hummus, assorted dips, pretzels etc. For an affordable and easy option I like to go to Trader Joes. They have great frozen appetizers that just require re-heating!
The easiest option is to serve beer or wine, but this could get a little mundane. My new favorite thing to do is to serve a delicious punch. You can pre-batch these the evening before and store in the refrigerator to pull out after work. Punches are impressive looking and pretty while also being efficient; rather than making each person a cocktail they just dip from the punch bowl. Below are three amazing punch recipes that will turn anyone into a whisk(e)y drinker!
Blood & Sand Punch
1 oz Balvenie 12 Year Old
1 oz Cherry Herring Liqueur
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz fresh orange juice
Garnish with an orange half moon slice
Night Howler’s Punch
1.5 oz Glenfiddich 15
3 dashes Lavender Bitters
0.5 oz Bols Apricot Brandy
0.5 oz Honey Syrup
0.5 oz Sparkling Wine
0.5 Chilled Water
0.5 Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Wheel garnish
Auld Alliance Punch
2 oz Balvenie Peated Cask
0.75 oz Orgeat or Monin Almond
0.75 fresh lime juice
0.75 oz chilled water
0.5 oz nutmeg
Multiply each amount buy the number of drinks you would like to serve to get punch recipe
Combine everything in a large bucket and pour over a large block of ice in a punch bowl, keep garnishes fresh and fill up bowl each time as needed.
Cheers to some grown up entertaining!