The Cocktail Hour: 50 Classic Recipes
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It's cocktail hour! This deck features 50 timeless drink recipes--from the sophisticated Manhattan and Mint Julep to the seductive Tequila Sunrise and Mai Tai--plus offers tips on ambiance, bar essentials, mood music, and more. Whether you’re imbibing A deux or making martinis by the dozen, make sure you’re the host with the most at your next soiree.
Brandy snifters are a thrilling addition to any bar. Don’t fill them even to the halfway mark—leave plenty of room for sexy swirling. N E G R O N I Negroni The Negroni, the Italian diva of the cocktail world, is as crimson as La Scala’s curtain and as complex as Maria Callas, but slips in a bitter undercurrent and bite that defy analysis. It is comprised of three equal parts and should be sipped no faster than the time it takes a diva to die on stage. One may then progress to dinner with
within a two-hour time frame before dinner. Thankfully, anyone should be able to be brilliant—not to mention an impeccable host—for such a short stretch. First impressions are often the most salient, so you cannot be overly scrupulous in your preparations. Here’s the bones: Invite twelve to twenty guests—enough to fill a room—by phone or e-mail two weeks before. Choose two or three cards from this deck as the featured cocktails. A cocktail must make a solid statement on its own. Consider it
a tray at a time, storing the silver-cupped drinks in the freezer so they frost. P I M M’S C U P Pimm’s Cup Why the cucumber? It’s said to be a foil for the slightly bitter flavor of Pimm’s, a gin-based tonic invented by a Mr. Pimm in 1840. Once there were six flavors, now only two remain (No. 6 has a vodka base). Pimm’s is widely enjoyed in England and its former colonies. 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 Ginger ale, chilled Cucumber slice, cut lengthwise (preferably with the skin on) Lemon wheel
gin and lime juice together over ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Best enjoyed when feeling sultry and slightly dangerous. C H A M PA G N E C O C K TA I L Champagne Cocktail A regal choice for the urbane lady, some prefer this bubbly cocktail with 1⁄2 ounce cognac and 1 ⁄2 ounce Grand Marnier added to the mix. 1 sugar cube 2 dashes Angostura bitters 5 ounces chilled Champagne or brut sparkling wine Lemon twist Place sugar cube in flute and douse with
rind.) THIS IS NOT A CARD G I N & T O N I C Gin & Tonic Gin has been called both “Mother’s ruin” and “Mother’s milk,” depending on how it treats you. The herbaceous spirit was designed as a curative by a Dutch chemist several hundred years ago in the belief that juniper berries helped cure kidney problems. Much later, those devilish Brits in India used gin to help their quinine medicine go down, birthing another stunning tradition. 2 ounces gin Tonic water Lime wedge Pour gin over ice