Mixology Monday – First Timers

It is Mixology Monday again and the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, Boston, are hosting. The theme for this month’s party is “First Time” or what to serve a cocktail virgin for their first drink. What are the so-called gateway cocktails that turn one forever? Is it just a group of cocktails? Sure, as I think down my own path, there are the margaritas, gin and tonics and Jack and Coke’s that eased me into the comfort of ordering a cocktail rather than beer. Of course, many of these were awful. Not really the best introduction to a culinary art.


What do I suggest is the best “first timer’s” cocktail? Not one drink but rather a few rules to follow when creating that first libation.

  1. Don’t use a lot of liquor! Go easy on the newbie with a small pour.
  2. Premium spirits only! You don’t need to use a lot, so pour a decent brand. Many are turned off forever by cheap booze.
  3. Use fresh fruit! Got a muddler? impress everyone with your skills and muddle fresh fruit and sugar syrup in each cocktail. Any thing works, lemons, limes, berries, oranges, grapes, kiwi, pineapple.
  4. Ice, ice, ice! Make sure you drink have lots of fresh cool ice; this will help to dilute the drink mellowing it for your first time drinker.
  5. Keep it simple.

Here’s a few recipe that are perfect for the first timer:

Mixology Monday XXXVII – LUPEC – Boston

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