So you want to have some folks over for a get-together of one variety or another. You would prefer that said get-together is actually one that your guests will remember.
Ideally, the kind that they will then use as the stick by which they measure all other get-togethers. Here’s how you get it together:
Whether it’s for a dinner party or backyard BBQ, the digital age has ushered in a plethora of services whereby chef, bartender and attractive gopher can be had for exceedingly reasonable rates. Use them liberally — you’ll trade logistics for conversation and also look like a party pro.
SHAKE UP THE GUEST LIST
A simple tip to ensure a more interesting crowd: rather than inviting everyone yourself, invite half your desired number and tell each person to bring one of their “most interesting friends.” You’ll mix it up, make new pals for everyone, add an element of the unexpected, and make your guests feel more invested in the party as co-curators. Win-win-win-win.
ELEVATE YOUR DRINK GAME
Trade wine for: The Never Follow
2 oz Maestro Dobel Añejo Tequila
.25 oz. apricot liqueur
1 teaspoon agave syrup
4 dashes angostura bitters
4 dashes chocolate bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.
Trade beer for: Paloma Punch
2 cups Maestro Dobel Reposado
2 cups grapefruit juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup ginger ale
Trade scotch for: the Smoked Old Fashioned
1. 5 oz Maestro Dobel Humito
1 tsp simple syrup
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Serve over a large-format ice cube in a rocks glass
and garnish with an orange peel
RECOMMENDED READING FOR THE HOSTING RULEBREAKER
HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations by Chuck Klosterman