The other day Erin hosted her annual tree trimming party. Oh, what’s that? You want to see the finished product? Well, okay …
Because we listen to our own advice, she always has a theme to keep the party on point. Last year, the theme of the late afternoon soirée was “Aprés Ski” – cheese fondue and indoor s’mores helped to make up the menu, and her signature cocktail was a Buttered Bourbon Apple Cider. This year, Erin opted for “Classic Christmas Cocktail Party” complete with pigs in a blanket and tiki-inspired pot stickers for hors d’oeuvres. She was thinking about a Kir Royal as a welcome cocktail, then in a moment of utter insanity, she decided against a signature cocktail at all.
We hear you – what was she thinking?! Erin’s still not sure herself, but the first words out of guests’ mouths walking in the door, was, “Where’s the signature cocktail?” Wah-wa-wa.
Ultimately, Erin didn’t think anyone would notice or even want a welcome cocktail. But she was wrong. So wrong. Don’t make the same foolish mistake.
Once again, it all circles back to theme. Greeting guests with the signature cocktail gives them a subtle cue as to the vibe of the party – formal, casual, beach themed, classic – the drink you serve sets the mood of the party.
Whether it’s Christmas, Canada Day or your basic Friday night, the signature drink immediately takes your gathering up a notch. It says “this is a special occasion,” one that you’ve put thought and into making a tad more important than every other day.
You probably don’t need a conversation starter for your nearest and dearest, but what if those BFF’s are bringing a new date – or you’re blending groups who may not be that familiar with each other? Sharing a laugh over the punch bowl is as good a reason as any to get the gang mixing and mingling.
Just like Erin found out, when you serve a signature cocktail, it puts a little pizazz in your party which gives friends and family something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be the same cocktail every time – in fact we would advise against it as seasons, occasions and celebrations change and your drink should reflect that – but the simple fact that guests know they’re going to get a little something special becomes a fun ritual.
So this one might be a tad self-serving, but it’s true. When you put a little extra effort into throwing a bash – which includes thinking of, creating and serving a signature cocktail – it shows you are serious about hosting a party. And there’s nothing wrong with wowing guests so they always look forward to coming over, and as a reward you get to enjoy the hard-earned reputation of being a Host With the Most.
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