Hosts

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work (But Read it Like Rihanna)

by The Culinistas

It’s time to sit down and have a serious chat… about cocktails.  Cocktails mark an occasion, and one event we want to highlight is Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo’s book launch for their new book Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses .
 

Amazing hosts and badass authors, we helped our friends Claire and Erica with the food and drink for their launch, which involved the creation of the perfect cocktail (fittingly named the Work Wife).

It’s no secret in the office that our works wives, ie, Jill & Tiana, love tequila, earthy flavors, and citrus. So this cocktail combines all of those elements in a refreshing mix of grapefruit, rosemary, and club soda. When creating cocktails or even just manning the bar at your own party, it’s important to remember a couple key things:

Quality 3x

The best cocktails start with the highest quality liquors.  We are partial to Square One or Kettle One vodka and Casa Dragones tequila.  For champagne cocktails, we don’t go lower in quality than Nicolas Feuillatte. The smoother the alcohol, the nicer and higher quality the cocktail will be.

(Not So) Simple Syrups

A great way to incorporate a little bit of sweetness into a drink is via simple syrup.  Brew a batch on the stove with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar (always remember, it’s simple, so a 1:1 ratio) and heat until the sugar is dissolved in the water.  Leave the syrup in the fridge until the next time you make a cocktail. One bonus step is to make it an infused simple. Throw some sprigs of rosemary or thyme in the pot while cooking for an herbaceous syrup or toss in a couple lemon or orange rinds.  Keep the accouterments in the syrup until you batch up your beverage.

Garnishes Galore

Cocktails are the party stars, so dress them up.  The Work Wife gets a garnish of rosemary sprigs and grapefruit peels because they are ingredients that are in the drink. Making a cocktail with champagne or wine that doesn’t have a garnish-worthy mix in? Ask your local wine shop boys for flavor notes of your alcohol and build garnish off of that -- notes of melon or strawberry will come to life with a slice on the side of your glass.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.