This barware really makes a statement.
After buying holiday presents for Mom, Dad, brother, sister, and best friend, you may find yourself without enough cash to splurge on hiring a bartender for your Christmas cocktail party. Sure, you can mix your own drinks, but what happens when someone requests a Fuzzy Navel? How do you pass hors d'oeuvres and mingle with friends if you're behind the bar all night? Not to worry. Before your next shindig, check out the new guide This Girl Walks into a Bar. Though it was written as a primer on getting into the bar biz, it also includes dozens of flash cards for making your own concoctions, from the standard martini to the blush-inducing Buttery Nipple. Here are some tips gleaned from the book that will help any budding home mixologist.
- Insert liquor-pourer caps into the spouts of your bottles. When making drinks, hold the bottles by the neck, not the base.
- A fabulous garnish can make up for an inexpertly mixed drink. If your Sex on the Beach is missing a few ingredients, cover the flaw by sexing up the presentation with cute items like these diamond ring-shaped ice cubes.
- To shake a drink à la Tom Cruise in Cocktail, use six ice cubes per drink and shake 10 times-to the beat of your music, of course.
- Make eye contact when mixing up a stiff one for a guest. You'll look confident and your "customer" will feel seduced.
- Sharpen your skills by throwing a margarita party for 8 or fewer guests. Graduate to a gathering of 10-15 friends at which three mixed drinks are featured. -Van Hoang
Also on cocodot:
We Scored the Recipe: BLT Steak's Bourbon Marinade
Kate's Cookie Swap Party
Rattle Those Pots and Pans! Fall's Best New Cookbooks