Richard Avedon said style is based on repetition, not duplication. All you need are a few signature recipes and drinks - and own them. No need to reinvent the wheel every time you entertain. Guests will look forward to your specialty.
Instructions as per the Deans:
- Serve one specialty cocktail -- for this party we recommend making a pitcher of a refreshing tequila, citrus & soda mixture
- Pass 3 hors d'oeuvres -- steak bites, warm olives & cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto
- Make sure you have all items in place -- ice on the bar, powder room ready, and party music playing
- Don't forget cocktail napkins
The Many Benefits of Hosting a Pre-Party Cocktail Hour:
- Party where you get all the credit with very little work.
- Party takes less than a half hour to put together.
- Party is so easy it can be last minute (some of our favorite parties have been last minute).
- Party is over before you know it. One hour and your hosting is done.
- Party expense is minimal, but impact is big, lasting and fun.
1 1/2 cups tequila
1 cup citrus juice (mixture of freshly squeezed lime, orange, lemon & tangerine juices)
3/4 cup (or more) soda water
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir.
2. Pour into cocktail glasses and serve over ice.
1 cup olives with pits (use assorted colors)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 strip orange peel
1 teaspoon fennel or Herbs de Province
1. Heat small sauté pan over medium heat for a minute; add olive oil, and then remaining ingredients.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring, for a few minutes until olives are warm. Turn off heat and pour olives in a small bowl.
3. Place a smaller bowl, or cup, near the olive bowl for the pits.