An incredible cocktail party requires more than an exclusive guest-list and a fully-stocked bar. If you want your event to be memorable, you need to impress your VIPs by perfecting all of the minor details. If you follow this simple guide, you will have all the essentials to throw the event of the year.
High-End Hors D’Oeuvres
You want to serve hors d’oeuvres that feel like they were put together by a Michelin Star chef — not like they were thrown together at the last minute. Instead of doing a simple plate of cured meats and fine cheeses, serve your guests appetizers that are more elegant. Consider hors d’oeuvres like caviar and crème fraiche tartlets or mushroom and parmesan palmiers. Another impressive choice would be fresh oysters served on a bed of crushed ice, along with gourmet toppings like artisanal salt, lime granita or finely sliced pickled pears.
After the rounds of hors d’oeuvres are complete, bring out trays of lovely desserts. Consider confectionaries that come in soft pastel hues like French macarons and mochi ice cream. Mochi ice cream is a rich sphere of ice cream covered in a layer of sweetened rice dough. Cut the mochi ice cream in half for a daintier serving-size, and set out toothpicks or silver forks so that guests don’t pick them up with their fingers. Before the night of your cocktail party, you can buy mochi balls online and choose a combination of light flavors to cleanse the palate — flavors like mango, vanilla bean and strawberry will be your best bet.
Remember that desserts for cocktail parties shouldn’t be heavy, dense, or physically large. Anything bigger than two bites should be disregarded on principle — daintiness is the key to keeping your guests fed, but not overwhelmed.
Cocktails With Style
In order to improve classic cocktails like Martinis and Mojitos, add exquisite garnishes and decorations. For drinks on ice, use ice spheres instead of cubes — the ice melts slower than cubed ice and keeps the drink cold without diluting it. Ice spheres also look far more appealing than ice taken out of a refrigerator tray.
You can garnish cocktails with organic decorations like edible flowers — flowers like chive blossoms, fresh violets and rose petals will add subtle flavor and beautiful color to classic drinks. You can also acquire blooming tea, which combines dried tea with flowers like hibiscus, jasmine or chrysanthemums. Once the dried flower is added to liquid, the flower appears to bloom as the tea infuses. Blooming tea can make for a lovely cocktail decoration: consider taking dried hibiscus and putting it at the bottom of a Champagne flute, then filling it with Champagne or sparkling rosé.
Your cocktail party will charm all of your guests if you have perfected all of the finer details. You will please any palate, if you ensure that the hors d’oeuvres are elegant and the desserts are delicate. Your cocktails will captivate and delight, if you have garnishes that surpass the likes of lemon wedges and maraschino cherries. When you have included all of these essentials, your cocktail party will be extraordinary.