For my dear friend Rebecca's Amelie-themed bachelorette party, I knew we should keep the cocktail list simple. I learned my mistake with being too aggressive with choice at our Very Boozy Christmas party. By keeping it simple, it meant the ingredient list was short, and you can get into the rhythm of making the same couple of cocktails over and over again. The French-themed cocktail list offered a choice of a French Gimlet or a French Martini. (Be warned that both of these are pretty stiff drinks.)
2 parts Vodka
1 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 part Lime Juice
Shake in cocktail shaker with ice. Garnish with lime peel.
3 parts Vodka or Gin
1 part Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
1 part Pineapple Juice
Shake in cocktail shaker with ice. Garnish with lemon peel.
And because I knew there were likely some ladies who wouldn't want to partake in alcohol, I wanted to come up with a virgin version of each of these. I feel bad that sometimes you're left to drink soda water at these types of things if you don't want alcohol. I wanted these ladies to feel like they were getting something fancy too. These would be perfect for a baby shower.
Virgin French Gimlet
2 parts Club Soda
1 part Lime Juice
1 part Elderflower Syrup
Stir together over ice. Garnish with Lime Peel
Virgin French Martini
2-1/2 parts Club Soda
1 part Raspberry Puree
1 part Pineapple Juice.
Stir together over ice. Garnish with lemon peel.
In hopes of rescuing myself from serving as bartender the entire night, I created a couple of two-sided menus. One side featured the offerings and the other side the recipes. I also created a little graphic to mimic the famed art deco Paris metro arches. (I've got to say that I was pretty proud of this graphic. I saved it to my iPhone, and basically made anyone who might be interested fawn over it for like 2 whole days.) In the end, I did end up being the bartender for much of the night, which was actually kind of fun, because this is a role Michael usually fulfills when we entertain.
Perhaps there's someone out there that would like to throw a party with a French-themed cocktail list. Well, you're in luck, just click on the image below for a cocktail graphics for your use.
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