Articles Tagged: Cocktail Entertaining

Fried Elephant Garlic Chips

 Elephant Garlic is a larger version of the wonderful spicy clove we all love. (If you don’t think so, stop reading.)

Emeril created this quick, easy treat to complement his Bloody Bull recipe. We think they are great by themselves.


6 cups canola oil, for deep frying
1 cup very thinly sliced elephant garlic cloves (about 1/8-inch slivers)
4 rosemary branches


For the Fried Garlic: In a heavy 2-quart pot, heat the … Read more

Sponsor Spotlight – Wine Library TV

My first experience with Wine Library and Gary Vaynerchuk, its energetic Director of Operations, was on a snowy Friday afternoon just before St. Patrick’s Day. I made my way to Penn Station and onto the first train to Seacaucus, New Jersey. My associate met me there and we finished the rest of our journey to the Wine Library in Springfield, NJ. The impressive structure is truly a monument to the enjoyment of wines from all … Read more

The Kegulator

This tool at is key for planning a any party. The site is simple and easy to use. Next party I have, I’ll be testing the Kegulator out. For 100 people it suggests 4 kegs, 120 cups and 177 pounds of ice.

What is really cool about the Kegulator is the sliders, which let you choose the degree to which your guest willl be drinking. Based on you estimates, the site adjust the amounts … Read more

Baileys Drinkable Desserts Challenge – The Winners

The results of the Baileys Drinkable Desserts Challenge are in!

Dennis Frisk from New Castle, PA was chosen as the amateur winner and Jessica Taylor from Indianapolis, IN was chosen as the professional winner of the nationwide challenge. The contest was based on one of 2007’s rising trends, drinkable desserts.

Mr. Frisk and Ms. Taylor used their creativity and love for mixing it up to turn a favorite dessert into something fabulous and drinkable.

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Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

This cocktail treat is a tasty marriage of two of my favorites, shrimp, and Bloody Marys.


1 lemon, juiced, plus lemon wedges for garnish
16 jumbo shrimp, cooked and cleaned
1 (28-ounce) can chunky style crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons horseradish
2 tablespoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
4 shots ice cold vodka
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Squeeze half of the lemon over … Read more

More Oscar Cocktails

They just keep coming. This collection of last minute easy to make Oscar-themed cocktails is perfect wether you are at a Hollywood After Party or watching at home with good friends.

Baileys Glitz and Glamour

2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
½ oz Ciroc Vodka
½ oz Godiva Liqueur


Shake with ice. Serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with Gold Flakes (optional).

Baileys Golden Statue

2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz … Read more

How Much Ice Do I Need?

Ice is the most important ingredient for any party. You’ll not only need lots of ice to cool down bottles of beer (or a keg) white wine and sodas, but you need it for mixed drinks as well. The good news is that ice is cheap, so buy lots of it.

We recommend getting at least pound of ice per person. This should make for a cool event.

more Party Planning tips …… Read more

Cocktail Eats – Goat Cheese Fondue

This great appetizer was discovered at Luna Park in San Francisco and is very easy to make for a party, or as a prelude to dinner.

This picture comes from eatingLA, about eating in LA, and their review of the Luna Park’s branch office in LA. This site is a must read for anyone looking for good eats in Los Angeles.

Here’s the recipe we cobbled together from talking to the staff, downing many orders … Read more

Cocktail Eats – Spiced Nuts

This is one fast, simple snack that is perfect for munching while your guests sip the night away. A bit of sugar make these nuts a bit sweet, while cayenne pepper gives them a bite.


    1 pound mixed nuts (any combo of cashews, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, etc.)
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp kosher or sea salt
    1 tsp sugar
    1 ½ tsp paprika
    1 tsp rosemary
    ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions… Read more

Tips for Responsible Holiday Drinking

The holidays are here! The office party, the girls cookie swap, those nice people down the street—yes, lots of parties and lots of drinking. This doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. Use some of these simple tips to help you make the most of your holiday cheer:

    Know your limit. Nothing can ruin a good time faster.
    Eat while you drink. That’s what the hors d’oeuvres are for.
    Alternate drinks with a glass of

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