How do I make cocktails for a big party?
I'd always recommend a good punch bowl - making drinks to order
for more than a handful of people on your own is no recipe for fun.
The main benefit, of course, is that you only have to mix it once,
so you don't have to worry about measuring errors. Once things get
going, hosts are known to get a little generous with the pours, but
balance is the key to a good drink, not simply more booze. Punch
also gets around the challenge of having decent ice at parties -
you just freeze a big block in an ice-cream container first. If you
want to be really fancy you can layer some fruit inside it, too.
David Wondrich's book Punch is the most authoritative and
entertaining book on the subject and I highly recommend it. If you
want a real show-stopper, I like the Crimean Cup à la Marmora -
it's a mellow mix of Cognac, Jamaican rum, maraschino, orgeat syrup
and lemon juice, all fizzed up with Champagne. And the best part
about opting for a punch bowl? It gives you leave to be the
host(ess) with the most(ess).
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