For my party, I really wanted to supply some kind of yummy drink and since it’s finally cold here, I wanted to do hot cider. My mom gave me this super easy crockpot recipe that turned out to be the easiest process of getting my party ready, hah.
But anyway, I have a few friends who are gluten free, some who are alcohol free and some who are just very picky on what they drink. So I didn’t add anything directly to the cider, as I wanted to accommodate everyone. But I did get Fireball whiskey & spiced rum.
What I wasn’t prepared for was just how popular this drink was going to be. I didn’t even get a cup! But I made them all by adding a shot or half shot to each mug & whichever (if any) liquor they preferred. So while I didn’t get a cup myself, I did try a sip both ways and found that while the Fireball was actually quite nice in it, the spiced rum was heavenly.
Everyone loved it & I already have requests to make it every year in larger quantities :]
For most of the rest of the evening, however, people either brought their own drinks or brought some to share. Though, I’ve been on a huge bloody mary kick the last few months, so of course I made some for myself & boyfriend. Bloody Mary’s have kind of become a signature drink for me, heh, and one that I try nearly everywhere we go.
Thus far, my favorite at-home-mix (because I’m much too lazy to go through the entire process from scratch) is from Trader Joe’s. Its perfectly bitter and perfectly spiced. Now I do this kinda weird thing with my BMs… I add soda water. I don’t know, to me it just tips it over the edge and gets the consistency that I’m into. Not tomato soup thick, but not super watered down either.
So I’ll start with about a shot of vodka, then another shot worth of soda water, then ice & then I pour the mix over the top. I know a lot of people shake, but I prefer to stir. I then add as much pepper as I’d like (if I’m not using the TJ’s one, of course.) and I personally love adding pickle okra to them. I know, I know. That sounds so gross. But trust me. It’s perfect.
Everyone who’s had one like this seems to love them, & lawd knows I do :)
But those were the yummies that I contributed to the party drink-wise. However, a few people brought October fest beers, jello shots in test tubes & some other goodies like that to share. Over all it was a lovely evening (again, more on that later!) but if you’re not feeling like hot cider or bloody mary’s for your party, there are quite a few other ideas bouncing around for a festive drink or two.