Category: Party Like It’s

Party Like It’s 1999: The Cosmopolitan

Party Like It’s 1999: The Cosmopolitan

I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray… Yep, we’re finally partying in the decade that Prince intended. Unfortunately, Prince wasn’t very specific about the menu, so we have to figure out what we’re in the mood for.

We could go The Big Lebowski route and make a White Russian. But yuck, that’s super heavy, and who even does dairy these days.

We could be all growns up like Mike and Trent in Swingers and pour ourselves a scotch on the rocks. (As long as it’s not a blend of course. Any Glen will do). But that doesn’t count as a cocktail.

We could really go down the ’90s rabbit hole and have a Zima, because according to this article, Zima is coming back and wouldn’t it be fun to relive those sweaty Friday nights bopping to the Spin Doctors at the Plaza Grill in Albany, New York? (Short answer: no.) Besides, Zima is – again – not a cocktail and b) we left upstate NY for a reason.

So with that in mind, we nominate the Cosmopolitan to rep the ’90s. Made famous in the latter part of the decade by a certain group of fictional New York City ladies, the Cosmo brings us back to a simpler time, when we didn’t have wait twenty minutes for the bartender to muddle fifteen separate artisanal ingredients to make one drink, but we could still look fancy with our cute pink martini.

Here’s an article detailing the possible origins of the Cosmo, but if you’re in a hurry to get your drink on, see the recipe below.

The Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

1 cup vodka*
1/2 cup triple sec**
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

*You can also use citrus-flavored vodka.
**You can also use Cointreau

Directions

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour through a strainer into four martini glasses. (Or if you’re having a particularly bad day, just drink it directly out of the shaker.)

Et voila! You’re ready to kick back your Manolos with your besties and contemplate life and love in the city that never sleeps.

(And since you’re hanging out with your girls anyway, why not spend your evening at The Triad with us on 4/22? Relive your glory days, whether they took place in ’80s, ’90s, ’00s or today; see a fabulous show and help raise money for a fantastic organization.)

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Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

The ’80s was the decade of excess and neon and this did not stop with its cocktails. Why make a drink with one type of liquor when you could make one with ALL the liquors? (Long Island Iced Tea, I’m looking at you.) And who wants boring old vodka or gin when you could have Blue Curaçao or Midori?

Some of us were in high school in the ’80s and we would drink whatever we could get our hands on. Wine coolers. Root beer Schnapps. Seagram’s 7 from our parents’ liquor cabinet smuggled out of the house a saline solution bottle… how else are you going to make it through a football game when your team is 0-7?

Once we got to college, Friday night found us pre-gaming in our dorm with a case of Old Milwaukee before the SAE party, where we’d swallow shot after shot of Malibu, or god help us, Southern Comfort. One of us, to this day, still cannot be in the same room as Southern Comfort. So in honor of our misspent youth, let’s make an Alabama Slammer.

Invented, so the story goes, at the University of Alabama in the mid-’70s, the Slammer is (allegedly?) the signature drink of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll tide!

Alabama Slammer

Photo: Liquor.com

Ingredients

1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Sloe gin
1 oz Amaretto
2 oz Orange juice

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry. Or, you know, make a pitcher and drink the whole thing and repeat until you vomit and remain haunted by the smell of SoCo 30 years later.

 

 

Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

It’s the ’70s and sleek cocktail lounges of the ’50s and ’60s have given way to blonde-wooded, fern-bedecked singles bars. The hairy-chested, gold-chained, porn-stached lounge lizard three seats over wants to buy you a drink. What are you going to have?

A Harvey Wallbanger, of course! I mean, it’s got “bang” right in the name. (Why else did you come out tonight?)

Drink historians (yeah, I guess there are such a thing) consider the ’70s the “Death Valley of cocktail eras.” Mixed drinks were laden with heavy cream and sickly sweet liqueurs, “fine” wine included Riunite (“that’s nice!”) and the great national debate pitted “tastes great” against “less filling.” Comparatively, the Harvey Wallbanger is a bastion of sophistication. Plus, you can finally use that bottle of Galliano you inherited from  your grandma.

The Harvey Wallbanger

Ingredients
1 oz. vodka
4 oz. orange juice
1⁄2 oz. Galliano liqueur

Directions
Pour vodka and orange juice into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir. Float Galliano on top by pouring gently over the back of a spoon.

There’s a whole backstory behind the ‘Banger, involving a California surfer, but it turns out to be mostly bullshit and actually an invention of a copywriter who worked for the company that makes Galliano in the ’70s. Which might make that the most ’70s thing ever.

Anyway, we hope you liked this recipe. Now go get that lounge lizard- but make sure you take your rings off before you hit the sack. Don’t wanna get ’em caught in his chest hair.

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Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Yes folks, it’s the ’60s and cocktail parties are all the rage. Here’s a great article  on how to throw the perfect ’60s soirée. All you need is booze, bacon (to wrap everything in, natch) and of course, a boatload of cream cheese.

But you’re going to need something to wash down your bacon-wrapped cream cheese, so how about Don Draper’s favorite drink, an Old Fashioned?

Esquire calls the Old Fashioned the “OG cocktail” and it’s hard to argue with that.

The Old Fashioned

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Ingredients
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Club Soda
1 old fashioned glass

Directions
Place sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
Crush sugar with a muddler
Rotate glass so sugar grains and bitters give it a lining
Add a large ice cube
Pour in the rye (or bourbon)
Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice (and a maraschino cherry) if you’re so inclined.

Variation: You can also muddle the sugar and bitters with an orange slice and cherry for a fruity version that would probably make Don Draper angry. (Oh who are we kidding, Don would drink anything.)

Recipe: Esquire

There you have it – the perfect drink to quaff while banging your secretary.

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Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

The ’50s mark the golden age of the cocktail party, evoking images of glamorous women in sexy black dresses, martini in hand, slinking around with sophisticated, chain-smoking, white-jacketed Don Drapers.

This week’s cocktail is neither glamorous nor sophisticated, but fun and classic in its own way. And… it’s pink! And named after a small rodent! What’s not to love?

Invented (so the story goes) at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, the Pink Squirrel highlights crème de noyaux, a little-known liqueur made from the pits of stone fruits that tastes vaguely of almonds, and crème de cacao. Some recipes call for ice cream rather than heavy cream, so if that’s your jam, go for it.

The Pink Squirrel

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Ingredients

1.5 oz. crème de noyaux*
1.5 oz. crème de cacao
1.5 oz. heavy cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry if desired. You’re ready to roll with Don Draper!

*If you can’t find it, try Amaretto.

Have you ever had a pink squirrel? Would you ever try one? What’s your favorite pink food or drink?

Party Like it’s 1949: The French 75

Party Like it’s 1949: The French 75

We here at LFF can’t resist anything French or anything that has champagne, so this week’s cocktail is a French 75. The drink dates back to WWI, but became popular in America in the ’40s, where it was served at NYC’s super ritzy Stork Club. It also makes an appearance in the 1942 movie Casablanca.

French 75

Photo: NY Times
Photo: NY Times

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • lemon twist

Preparation

Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.

Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a large flute. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.

Named after a French 75 mm field gun (or so the story goes), this cocktail packs quite a kick!

Check back next week for a fabulous ’50s concoction!

Party Like it’s 1939: The Champagne Cocktail

Party Like it’s 1939: The Champagne Cocktail

What do you do when prohibition is over but you’re too poor to go to a bar because you and your entire family live in the jalopy you drove to California to escape the dust bowl in? You write the Grapes of Wrath.

But for those of us who AREN’T John Steinbeck, you’d probably just head on down to the Orpheum and watch a movie about attractive rich people who solve crimes while being witty. So in honor of escapism and Oscar weekend, let’s make a Champagne Cocktail.

The Champagne Cocktail dates back to the late 1800s, but it’s listed among the Top Ten Cocktails for at least two years in the 1930s, so we think it’s appropriate. And while Champagne purists would probably vomit, the Champagne Cocktail sounds like something you would order at Harry’s Bar in Paris while you’re waiting for Ernest Hemingway to get off work so you can go to a bullfight.*

Champagne Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • sugar cubes
  • 3 dashes bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s)
  • Brut champagne
  • twist of lemon

Directions

Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute. Lash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), fill the glass with Champagne and squeeze a lemon twist on top and you’re done! You’re all ready for your night out with Hemingway. But be careful cuz that dude is hardcore.

*Ok, yes we know there are no bullfights in Paris and that, in fact, Hemingway left Paris in 1928, but let us have our fantasy

Fun fact: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 – missed it by a year! But happy Oscar-watching everyone!

Feel free to post your Champagne Cocktail pic on Instagram and tag @lesfemmesfatalesnyc!

Miss last week’s drink? It was the Bee’s Knees!

 

Party Like it’s 1929: The Bee’s Knees

Party Like it’s 1929: The Bee’s Knees

It wouldn’t be the ROARING Twenties without overindulgence. And despite Prohibition’s being in full force, there was no shortage of alcohol available. Well, maybe there was SOME shortage, but Americans are resourceful and most found a way around it.

Speakeasies, with their underground doors, special knocks and secret passwords added an extra layer of intrigue to the proceedings. And when you didn’t have a hook-up, you could always take matters into your own hands and brew up some bathtub gin. It was generally poor quality grain alcohol mixed with flavorings and juices, but when times are tough you gotta do what you gotta do.

Many of the cocktails of the era evolved to camouflage the nasty taste of bathtub liquor. Mmm, doesn’t that make you want to fly back in time? If so, here’s a recipe to sip along the way.

Bee’s Knees

Bees Knees Photo: Liquor.com
Bees Knees
Photo: Liquor.com

Ingredients

2 oz Gin
.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Honey syrup

Directions

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

(Recipe: liquor.com)

The phrase “bee’s knees” was slang for “the best” back in the day. As in, “this homemade grain alcohol with a little dash of honey and lemon is the bee’s knees, baby.”

And if you need a menu to go with your drink, here you go:

20sPartyMenu

Jellied tomato cream, anyone?

Wanna read more about food in the 20s? Click here.