How to throw a cocktail party

How to throw a cocktail party

By
Alfred Tong
Contains
25 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742704104

A good party is one in which bad things happen. Lewd jokes, confessions, dirty dancing, break-ups, makeups, fleeting embraces and stolen kisses. You don’t want a forgettable evening of nibbles and drinks. You want something that teeters constantly on the edge of chaos.

Everything else in this book has shown you how to be a gentleman. Now is the time to unleash your inner cad. You only have to get it right once. The kudos achieved by throwing one legendary party will ensure your popularity for many years to come.

Like a good cocktail, a good party is a carefully blended mixture of ingredients.

Cocktail party checklist

1. Slice lemons and limes beforehand. Drunkards with blades ruin parties.

2. Parsimony is absolutely unforgivable. Buy as much alcohol as possible.

3. Get as much ice as possible and then double it.

4. Get an interesting-looking receptacle. A traditional baby pram filled with ice makes for a good champagne cooler.

5. Pre-chill as many glasses as possible. Get extra ones in.

6. Provide a dress code. Don’t be too specific but try to make sure everyone has made some kind of effort, the men especially.

7. Scented candles will make even the drabbest flat look like a place where seduction can take place.

8. Don’t forget to prepare the outside spaces. Get heaters, garden furniture and lanterns.

9. Don’t try to make everyone a cocktail – too fiddly. Instead, provide ingredients and equipment for people to make their own. Also prepare punches.

10. If all else fails, hire your favourite barman to do everything.

Featured Recipes in this Chapter

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