Saturday, 7 March 2015

Cocktail Party!

A few weeks ago I had a great night in with girlfriends having a cocktail party. For some reason, one of my friends had a huge array of spirits left over form various events, so combined with a few mixers and bits and pieces we brought, we could almost make any coktails we fancied... 

We started out the evening photographing and 'reviewing' each drink we made, but that didn't last all that long... :) but here are a few thoughts and a couple of pics of our concoctions.

We started the evening with an old favourite, a Cosmopolitan. Everyone liked that one, and it was described as 'refreshing' and 'zesty'. It was nice to start with something not too sweet.

Next up, I tried my hand at cocktail invention. Much to my (and probably everyone else's ) surprise, it ended up being one of the favourites of the night. We named it Suz's Surprise, and it contained Gin, Vanilla Galliano, Rasberry Cordial, Pomegranate Juise and Lemonade (and the secret ingredient was a cocktail shaker half filled with peas, but that's another story......). Suz's Surprise was described as 'smooth', 'fresh', 'sweet', 'tangy', an 'island drink' (definitely need a little umbrella! ) and 'easy to drink'.
Next up was Jen's spin on the Blue Illusion. It was a beautiful teal colour, and thoughts included 'Phwoar!' (It was gorgeous), 'visually stunning', 'packs a punch'.

Next we tried a French Martini, with less success. It wasn't universally liked (a few went down the sink!). Made with Chambord, Vodka and Pineapple Juice, it was quite sweet, wi a slight metallic aftertaste that I didn't find pleasant. And there was a 'distinct lack of garnish!'.

The last drink to be recorded was a good old Midori Splice. I'm not a fan of creamy cocktails, so I stuck to my favourite Midori and Pineapple Juice, while the others joined me in the tropics with Midori, Cream, Vodka, Pineapple Juice, and Coconut Essence (since the was no Malibu). 

I think later in the night (earlier in the morning...) they moved onto Margherita's, but I was heading home then. A fun night had by all, not too worse for wear the next morning and Cocktails are so pretty, aren't they? :)