BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Hey Bartender! (Party On a Budget)

So you stocked your bar as per my instructions last week, right? Well, if not, read my last post and then we’ll resume.

Are you with me now? OK, good.

When it comes to buying liquor for parties, I always go for volume and buy vodka and rum in the 1.5 liter size. The per-unit price is actually less than buying a smaller bottle, and you don’t have to worry about running out. I also recommend hitting Costco , BevMo , or a supermarket, as they will generally have much better deals and variety.

And now for the drinks…

You will need a 2- quart pitcher for each drink. You can fancy it up a bit by using nice glass pitchers, or even a large wine carafe. In a pinch you can even use a large mixing bowl, throw in a ladle and call it a punch party.

Each drink will start with a mix of vodka and triple sec at a 3/1 ratio. Considering the volume, you don’t even need to be completely accurate. I usually use a standard coffee mug to measure. Remember to taste as you mix and adjust the flavors until they taste good to you.

The first drink is a variation on the cosmo. You will need:

  • 6 cups vodka-triple sec mix
  • 3/4 cup limeade, or fresh lime juice
  • cranberry juice to taste

Combine all ingredients in pitcher, and stir. Be careful when using lime or lemon products, as some will be substantially more tart than others. You can always add a little more later, but it’s much harder to fix a drink that is too sour. Lime juice is very sour as opposed to limeade, which has added sugar.

Another good option is this tropical drink. You’ll need:

  • 6 cups vodka-triple sec mix
  • 1½ cups peach or mango nectar.
  • orange juice to taste

Combine all ingredients in pitcher and stir. I recommend nectars instead of juices because they are much more concentrated in flavor. So while they may cost a bit more, you only need to use a little to bring a fresh pop of flavor to your drinks. I recommend Looza™ products, but any other nice nectars will do. If you can’t find any, you can also substitute pineapple juice.

To serve these drinks, put them out with a separate bowl of ice for people to serve themselves. You want the flavors to be strong, so the first time your drink should meet any ice is when you mix them in your glass. That way the ice will mellow out the flavors without watering down the drink.

One final note: use smaller glasses. Bars will never serve you a nice cocktail in a large glass, neither should you. Whether you are using glass or plastic, chose smaller glasses no larger than 10 oz. The drinks will taste better, the mix will last longer, and at the end of the night you won’t have all those half empty glasses all over the place.

Happy Mixing!



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