Then & Now: The

Classic Party Cocktail

  • March 1, 2015
  • by Joshua Jay
  • Catering, Celebration, Classic, Cocktail Parties, Cocktails, Mixology, Modern, Wedding,
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Classic cocktails have been all the party scene rage for a few years now. Some hand crafted concoctions can really make a memorable event. More and more people are choosing to entertain their guests with a cocktail party style gathering. If you go the classic cocktail route there are 2 major directions you can go.

Campari Americano

1. Classic Means Classic- don’t mess with perfection.

This drink was a favorite of American expats during Prohibition. Prior to then it was known as the Milano-Torino, for the cities where its two main ingredients were first made: Milan (Campari) and Turin (sweet vermouth). There are many great drinks with great histories and flavors you might actually like. Back During prohibition the booze was often bad tasting. These cocktails were invented to make bad booze taste good. Fast forward to modern times and use some good liquor and now you have a winning recipe. Food & Wine has a great list of Classic cocktail recipes that are sure to satisfy. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

The Palomaesque Cocktail

2. Classics Reinvented – Modern twists on traditional favorites.

The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with lime juice, tequila and grapefruit soda. Scott Baird, the mixologist who created this drink for Comal in Berkeley, makes his version with smoky mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice and Cocchi Americano, the sweet Italian aperitif wine. Taking an old recipe and making slight changes to tweak its style is a great way to craft as custom cocktail perfectly tailored to fit your event. Food & Wine also recently had a list of reinvented classic cocktail recipes. This is a great list CHECK IT OUT HERE, but this is an area where you can experiment and look around to find a perfect recipe for you. Today all the best chefs and restaurants are regularly publishing great new cocktail ideas… KEEP AN EYE OUT!!!!

New Classic Cocktails

A fun way to present classic cocktails is with a “then & now” style showcase. You can feature both classic renditions of your favorite cocktails and also serve newer reinvented version of the same drinks. Cocktail parties are a great way to entertain guests and classic cocktails are a great way to create a memorable event.


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