I’m not necessarily a last-minute kind of guy. This past weekend I decided to stray away from that mold and hold a spontaneous Oscars party at our apartment in Brooklyn. It was small. Small to us really means small. Anything bigger on such short notice would have been disasterous.
Food was a given. I cooked a variety of appetizer dishes: refried bean, cheddar and spinach quesadillas; cucumber-mint yogurt; cheeses and crackers, mushroom and parmesan crostinis…Didn’t know I could cook, did ‘ya?
Cocktails were even more of a given. Here was the selection: Harvey Milk Punches and Slumdog Millionaire Margaritas. I thought I was pretty witty for coming up with those. Don’t you think? Don’t you worry, I’ve included the recipes below.
On a side note – I did just learn that this past Sunday was National Margarita Day, and we didn’t even know it. I mean, how can I call myself a bar professional without knowing when National Margarita day was? I mean, really!
Harvey Milk Punch (variation on a Brandy Milk Punch)
1 1/2 oz. Hennessy VSOP Cognac
3/4 oz. Chambord Liqueur
1/2 oz. Condensed Milk
Directions: Shake all ingredients very well in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish: Pinch of ground cinnamon on top.
Slumdog Millionaire Margarita (variation on the Millionaire’s Margarita)
1 1/2 oz. Tezon Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary
3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
Directions: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass or straight up into a cocktail glass.
Garnish: chili pepper and turbinado sugar rim*
*to make the rim, combine equal parts chili pepper and demerara sugar, then rub the outside rim of your glass with the ‘meat’ of a lime wedge, and dip the outside rim into the dry mixture.
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