I will be working on a more kid-friendly party blog for my next post, but for today, I promised my Facebook friends some cocktail party inspiration.
Number 1, you should have GREEN BEER available. Depending on your group, it could be a huge hit, or after the first cup, no one will want to bother with it anymore. Regardless, it's a simple thing to do. All you need is a cheap bottle of food coloring, beer, and clear cups or mugs. Drop a tiny drop of the green food color in the bottom of the glass, pour in the beer, and voila!! Super simple!!
For those not really into beer (if anyone would dare to admit that on this day), APPLETINIS are the perfect color. The most basic recipe is just 2 oz. vodka and 1 oz. Green Apple Schnaaps. Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice, and strain into a chilled glass. If you can find green Pop Rocks, these are awesome for rimming the glass.
MIDORI (melon-flavored liqueur) is also a perfect color for St. Patrick's Day. It tastes great mixed with sour mix. (The stuff used for Margaritas.) Throw in the tequila, too, and you have MELON MARGARITAS. Yummy!! Sure, tequila is more "Cinco de Mayo," but hey, it's green!!
Corned beef & cabbage is the popular food for the holiday. I found this CORNED BEEF & RYE DIP online today. FYI, I haven't tried it myself yet, but it sounds good and I hope to get a chance to make it this year. If you give it a try, please tell me what you think. There were a couple of other recipes on the same page, but this one looked the tastiest to me.
A few things to make sure of:
-Have LOTS of ice. If you have ice left over after a cocktail party, then it's a win. If you used the very last piece in the very last drink, you got lucky!!
-Cocktails need cocktail napkins. They keep the drink dribbles at bay, and they can add a little color. For St. Patrick's Day, you can go with all green for everything, or choose to use every color of the rainbow for some variety. Rainbows are a big deal with leprechauns!! (A future post will contain some really fun rainbow ideas!!)
-Make sure you have some finger foods available, too. People will need a little something in their bellies so that the drinking is less likely to take an ugly turn.
-Most importantly, make arrangements for all of your guests to get home safely. Drinking & driving ruins the fun for everyone.