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Signature Cocktails

I have often heard that when hosting a dinner party, it is advisable to have a signature cocktail. If you’re hosting taco Tuesday then you could mix together a large batch of fresh mint mojitos to serve throughout the night. Each dinner party you host should have a pitcher of homemade cocktails that go with the food.

I think this is a great idea and have developed my own signature cocktail that I drink and serve often with my meals. All it is is two buck chuck mixed with ginger ale. It really works for me because I’m a poor student and it’s cheap so really we are a match made in heaven. The ginger ale also cuts the horrible bitter taste of two buck chuck and converts it to a taste resembling fermented lemonade. Appetizing, I know.

In case you are more sophisticated then I am (which I’m guessing all of our readers are) then I have rounded up a few more cocktail ideas. This drinks are a nice break from the usual dinner party wine, and will satisfy a varied audience.

Planter’s Punch (makes one drink)

2 oz dark rum

1/4 oz grenadine

Equal parts of either pineapple or orange juice

Cherry to garish

Mix together all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass full of ice. Top with club soda, if you like carbonation in your drink, and a cherry.


Salty Dog

2 oz gin (can be substituted for Vodka)

4 oz grapefruit juice

Salt for the rim

Salt the rim of a glass and fill it with ice. Pour the ingredients into the glass and stir well.


Mint Julep 

4 fresh sprigs of mint

1 TSP simple syrup

2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey

Muddle the mint with the simple syrup in a glass. Add crushed ice to the glass and pour the bourbon over the crushed ice. Garish with a mint spring and serve with a straw.

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