There’s a lot to be said for the Friday night cocktail party. Dinner parties are fun too, of course, but in a more measured fashion, with everyone arriving more or less at once, and courses following one another in an orderly sequence.
When it’s just cocktails, the evening has a different energy. People stay on their feet. They drift toward the appetizers and away again, tiny plate in one hand and drink in the other. Melodious ripples of laughter are punctuated by the samba rhythm of the cocktail shaker and the high notes of clinking glasses. A stream of new arrivals liven things up throughout the evening, and conversational groups shift and reform in constant swirls and eddies. The stresses of the work week are cast off, and the weekend officially arrives.
We have friends who host a monthly cocktail party, featuring a different cocktail each time. Not only do they print a menu with the recipe, they will also serve up little bits of trivia about that night’s drink as they shake and pour. It’s all very educational, I assure you.
Last Friday it was Whiskey Sours and Vodka Sours. I can say with assurance that they are both good. The whiskey version has that smoky bourbon bite, and the vodka version is pure and crisp. Either one is a perfect way to slide into the weekend.
Whiskey Sour/Vodka Sour
- 1 ½ oz bourbon or vodka
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup
Shake over ice and garnish with a maraschino cherry