Here at Martha Stewart Living, it should come as no surprise that we love to throw parties.
You know, casual backyard affairs…
Sit-down dinners for 60 of our closest friends…
We could write a book (or several) about our love of parties. Scratch that -- we already have!
But Martha likes to remind us that, all things equal, one key detail can make or break a party: the drinks. So how would Martha throw a cocktail party of her own?
Of course, this isn’t college, so don’t even think about setting your friends loose on the bar cart.
Instead, the Martha credo calls for a signature cocktail “carefully made with fresh ingredients and the highest-quality alcohol, served in a beautiful glass.”
Martha learned this trick on the catering frontlines, back when she was running several events a week. A fruity big-batch drink that’s been made in advance relaxes the crowd (and the host and hostess), pretty much guaranteeing party success.
Her foolproof rules: “Start from scratch with ripe, unblemished fruits (what’s in season often determines the recipe); juicy citrus, always freshly squeezed; and excellent liquors and liqueurs. A great trick is to freeze some of the fruit juice to use as ice cubes -- they won’t dilute the drink as they melt.”
And this is why there’s no cocktail party quite like a Martha cocktail party.