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Day 223, Cocktail 221

This is the post wherein I attempt to make our friend Andrea very sad for having left beautiful Milwaukee for Boston…

Saturday night was our annual NID Holiday cocktail party.  Definately another occasion to come up with an orginal Christmas cocktail — and one that I could make up by the pitcher full!  Now, the first time I did this several years ago Andrea got wrecked on my creation, causing us to change the name from the Sleigh Ride to the Sleigh Wreck.  Even though she swore off of them, I’m pretty sure they were the cause of her dancing on the bar at our annual holiday party that year.  Andrea, if you’re reading this, set me straight if I’ve missed anything.

Anyway, back to Saturday night.  I tinkered around for a bit and came up with this.

  Bad Santa

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 bar spoon peppermint schnapps

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a mint leaf or green striped candy cane. 

Both Gwen and I, as well as several of our friends enjoyed this one.  The pomegranate juice keeps it fruity without being sweet and the peppermint schnapps give it just a whiff of mint flavor.  Definately a crowd pleaser for those holiday parties!

Now, if you do want to mix it up by the pitcher full, just work the scale up.  I used 3 cups vodka, 2 cups pomegranate juice, 1 cup triple sec and just 1 oz of peppermint schnapps.  I also added about 3/4 cup of ice to the pitcher and let it melt in.  This is really important to remember when mixing large batches.  When you mix a cocktail one at a time, you’re getting about 20% water into the drink from the ice melting.  Thus, adding ice or water to your large batch mixes still gives you the proportion.  Otherwise, you risk having your guests dancing on top of your bar by 10pm instead of 1am!


Day 126, Cocktail 124

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t as swank and swell as the picture, but we did attend a party last night that included drinks and dinner.  It was a fun night hosted by our friends Julie and Dave and there were 8 or 9 people there, so it qualifies as a party!

Chili was the main course and most of the guys (me included) brought beer to drink.  However, Dave also had mixed up a pitcher of margaritas (and then several more as the night wore on!).  I have to admit that I did have one (or three) as we moved into the party games after dinner.    One of the games was Imagine If – the object is to read a card, starting with Imagine if so and so was a store manager, would the store be … and then there are 6 choices that are read off.  I was absolutely shocked when one of the questions was “Imangine if you were looking for Stan at night” and my friends were unaminous in there selection of a bar as the place to find me.  Really?  Oh well.

So where was I…right, the margarita’s.  Dave used a recipe that I’ve used for years now whenever I need an easy to make crowd pleaser, the beer margarita.  This is simple to make by the pitcher or by the gallon (as I’ve done for BBQ’s and pool parties).

  Beer Margarita

  • 12 oz can limeade
  • 12 oz tequila
  • 12 oz water
  • 12 oz beer

Just combine everything in a pitcher, stir to mix and serve over ice.  Garnish with a lime wedge (just set a bowl of them out next to the ice).

Like I said, it’s tough to get much easier than this.  The key is to use a decent quality tequila and beer.  The tequila doesn’t have to be top shelf, but don’t reach for the store brand tequila on the bottom shelf either.  A good rule of thumb is that if the bottle is dusty don’t buy it!  As for beer, I like to use Sam Adams, but any good quality lager or ale will do.  In fact, play around with different beers to see what it does to the flavor before picking your favorite.

So fire up the grill, grab the party hats and have fun!