Today’s Front Burner column is about an event I covered last week called “The Science Behind the Cocktail.” While it was primarily a promotional event for Canadian Mist and a fundraiser for Center in the Square, I learned a lot about the history of cocktails. Check out the full story here.
One of the presenters, Tim Laird, said he hears from a lot of people who say they are too intimidated to make cocktails at home. I don’t get the feeling they’re talking about a standard Jack and Coke or a Cape Cod, though. I think these are folks who don’t want to mess with the shakers and strainers; the lime twists and the layering.
When I have parties that involve cocktails, I generally set out ice, mixers, a few garnishes, shakers and shot glasses and let guests mix their own cocktails at the bar. But it would be fun to have a signature drink available, such as homemade cosmopolitans or mojitos. I think the closest I’ve come to that is a pitcher of margaritas or a punch bowl filled with sangria.
I’m curious as to whether any of you are intimidated by cocktail making. If not, what kinds of drinks have you made for guests in your home? What’s your specialty? Any tips on accommodating non-drinkers?