Make a Large Format Cocktail
While throwing a house party might feel like a tempting time to show off your mixology skills, Joe McCanta (a sommelier turned brand ambassador for Grey Goose vodka) recommends a “large format cocktail,” which is a nice way of saying you should make a lot of the same drink and put it all in a bowl. They keep you out of the kitchen, and available to socialize with your guests.
“There’s a number of ways to do large format cocktails in an effortless way,” McCanta said. “A well-made punch shows a true skill and can be every bit as nuanced as a cocktail, and nothing like the grog you slushed together in your frat-party days. My biggest tip for punch is start off with a homemade ingredient that’s been the backbone of punch for over a century called ‘oleo-saccharum.’ Essentially, you zest a bunch of lemons or limes into a jam jar, and leave them to sit with white sugar overnight. The next day you have an incredible tasty infused sugar that will be the best base for any punch.”
From there, mix with caution, and test as you go. “The best way to avoid making a tacky cocktail is to make sure you use the best ingredients, just the way you would cooking,” he added. “That means you should be using homemade ingredients, quality spirits, and only freshly squeezed juices—and always taste as you go. This way you’ll always get your sophisticated flavors, even if it’s a simple mix.”
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