Martini Party Success
Chocolate Martini Recipes
Fruity Martini Recipes
Herbal Martini Recipes
Cocktail parties are encountering a renaissance, and for a good reason. They’re easier than a dinner party, a good excuse to connect with friends, and an even better excuse to sample all those new vodkas and gins. So drink up, Buttercup, and take a jump into cocktail culture!
Steps to Success
The variations of Martinis are enough to cause a dizzy spell – before you’ve even had a sip. Chocolate martinis or fruit martinis. Vodka martinis or gin martinis. Herb martinis or infused martinis. For the martini purist, there’s only one: the original gin martini. But these days, anything goes.
Some advice to keep you sane: keep it simple. Choose three complementary martinis for your party. Decide whether you’ll be serving gin or vodka martinis – or both. Shake things up by offering a variety of garnishes (citrus, cheese stuffed olives, onions, cherries, mint, fresh fruit, chocolate curls, etc) and let your guests do the picking.
Martinis are strong. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fruity martini or the original thing. So it’s a necessity to serve a few nibbles to your guests. You can keep it simple with a spread of cheese crackers and fruit slices and nuts; or take it up a notch with the addition of cured meats r meat skewers. If it is an after dinner cocktail party, offer some desserts or chocolate fondue.
- Mix your Martinis in a pitcher in batches if you’re having over 6 guests
- Chill glasses in the freezer or refrigerator before serving, to keep drinks refreshing
- Chill Vodka and Gin in the freezer beforehand
- Don’t chintz with plastic martini glasses – use the real thing. They can be found inexpensively in discount outlets.
- Don’t waste your time chopping lemons and limes as you go – prepare your garnishes in advance
- Don’t forget cocktail napkins