Looking for a simple way to add
sophistication to a gathering? Try inventing a drink tailored to
the event. Below are some creative cocktail-crafting techniques,
courtesy of the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.
Match up flags and
colors. For a recent event that introduced two new cars to
the automotive press, two drinks were invented using a vodka
originating from the automaker’s home country. The distinctive
colors of the libations matched those of the cars on display, with
one drink mixing the vodka with Chambord and Blue Curacao, and the
second achieving its effect by using amaretto with just a splash of
atmosphere. At a celebration called “Diamonds in the
Desert,” the resort created an impressive gold-colored drink by
mixing champagne with a splash of tequila, set in a sparkling bath
combining ice, dry ice and faux diamonds.
Choose an offbeat
container. For a pharmaceutical company's launch of a new
drug during a picnic-style reception, the bartenders made various
flavored martinis in test tubes that stood in watermelon halves on
the buffet table.
Dress the toothpick.
For a meeting attended by a number of “stars,” the dinner had a
Galileo theme. The event's signature cocktail, The Copernicus, was
fashioned from a clever combination of Polish vodka, a dash of
Limoncello and a colorful skewer of cantaloupe, watermelon and
honeydew infused with Cointreau. By all accounts, the concoction
had an out-of-this-world flavor.