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happy cocktail weekend

have a wonderful weekend! I've been working hard trying to spruce up our place and my deadline is my Saturday night cocktail party for a few close girlfriends (it's still to be determined if I will actually succeed).

in honor of cocktail parties everywhere here's a little roundup of favorite party goods..

1. Rachel Menken from Mad Men (one of my favorite scenes.. I love that zebra wallpaper) + Mai Tai recipe  2. pink cocktail napkins  3.  metal cocktail stirrers  4. Vintage Cocktails book (I have this and love it)  5. the quick little invite I threw together for my party  6. starburst coasters  7. gold polka dot glasses  8. cocktail shaker

p.s. what's your favorite cocktail? I'm trying to put together a little menu of classic drinks.

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Reader Comments (26)

How did you know what I was doing this weekend?!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Marguerite
Oooo such a pretty roundup! We love Sloe Gin Fizzes, yummy. :) Have a great party!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrude
Moscow Mule!

1 half lime
2 ounces vodka
4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, preferably homemade
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin C
I love a good french 75 with gin (not cognac). Cheers!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliz
I love a good Old Fashioned, or a Sidecar.
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSage
sounds like fun! good luck with getting everything done on time! and you are so talented - i wish i could just "throw together" a gorgeous invite like that :)
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea
Ditto on the French 75. Especially when the weather gets warmer.
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyann
oo, the French 75 sounds amazing! I'll definitely try that (Gin is my fave). And Old Fashioned is on the list.. thanks guys!

February 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterRIFLE
That's a cool book- Vintage Cocktails. I always flip thru it while I wait for the GF at Anthro. My fav - Salty Dog
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternate
Great round-up. I love a good gin and tonic (which is my dad's favorite drink; like father, like daughter). I've never tried a French 75, but I will add it to my list, especially after this recipe post (it looks so pretty!):
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicole b.
Oh! I love those napkins! Those will be perfect for my daughter's bday, YAY! Thanks! <3
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesyka
gin & tonic is my standard drink too.. but like you, that French 75 recipe sounds fabulous! I'll have to test out all of these drinks tonight to figure out which ones are the best ;)

February 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterRIFLE
Clapless Belle

2oz Bulleit Bourbon
1oz Lemon
.5oz Ginger Syrup
[rinse] Laphroaig 10-Year

Use a dropper to rim rocks glass with Laphroaig. Combine ingredients, shake, strain over ice chunk.

Also, another of my favorites is a take on the kentucky cocktail.

Pineapple Juice


February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDY
I love, I mean LOVE those polka dot high balls. Love.
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSally
A good old fashioned Whiskey Sour. Or Tom Collins. Yum!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
ooh, fun! i totally want to do a cocktail party like that, sounds great :)

my fave cocktail is a tom collins. nice and simple, crisp, easy.
have fun!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterleley
Singapore Sling
2 oz gin
3/4 oz Cherry Heering
2 tsp Benedictine
2 tsp Cointreau
2 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes real pomegranate grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
Soda water
Real maraschino cherry, for garnish
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Orange wheel or twist, for garnish


1. Combine all except soda in an iced shaker. Shake, and strain into a collins or highball glass with a few lumps of ice. Top with a splash soda water.
2. Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange.

Yes it's super high maintenance but it's SO DELICIOUS!
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllie
I second the Moscow Mule. Also love a simple Hendriks Gin with lime and soda.

Now I need a drink.
February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteratout
I hope you had a blast at your cocktail party and I am SO glad the book I gave you was put to good use:) xoxo
February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
I love Bellini!
A true Bellini is made with the nectar of white peaches and Italian sparkling wine. Over time the recipe has seen more than a few variations but let’s look at the Bellini by starting with the original created at the famous Venetian establishment, Harry's Bar.
February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuna

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