HOUSTON – If you’re looking for a way to set your mood for your New year’s party, cocktails might do the trick.
Richard Bailey, mixologist with Johnny’s Gold Brick in The Heights, shows two easy delicious libations to ring in 2021 and shares his tips to host a party effortlessly.
According to Bailey, these are the four things to keep in mind when hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes drinks.
1. Keep it simple – use ingredients in your wheelhouse.
2. You can do variations on a cocktail you like and switch in and out liqueurs to make it your own.
3. Pre-batch whenever possible, so you’re entertaining guests and not working in the kitchen.
4. People at parties like to mix and match themselves, so do a station, add straws and let them garnish their drinks how they choose.
Bailey shared the cocktail recipes below.
• 1.5 parts vodka
• 1 parts St-Germain elderflower liqueur
• 0.75 part freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 parts soda water
Build all ingredients apart from soda water in a Boston glass. Top with cubed ice and shake. Fine strain into a chilled flute. Top with chilled soda water.
• 1 ounce dark rum
• 0.5 ounce rye whiskey
• 0.25 ounce apricot syrup
• 0.25 ounce Chareau Aloe liqueur
• 1 ounce cold brew cordial
• 0.75 ounce lemon juice
• 0.5 ounce cream
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice to emulsify egg with other ingredients. Add ice to the shaker and shake until properly diluted. Double Strain over ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with coffee beans.
Recipes provided by Richard Bailey.