I recently started contributing to a new online magazine called The Boulevardier, which caters to “the modern young gentleman and his interests.” Read below for an excerpt from my latest article, and view the full website at www.theblvdier.com.
If you’re lucky enough to have a lady over at your place before a date or for a casual evening, there are a few steps you should take to make sure feels comfortable and taken care of. Drinks and appetizers are the simple solution, and my suggestions below will insure that you have all your bases covered. Read on to learn some lady-friendly signature cocktails, as well as some quick and easy appetizers to serve with drinks and tips and tricks to help your evening go off without a hitch.
Wine: Try to have some options for her to choose from. Two different bottles of red wine and two different bottles of white wine should be sufficient. For red wine, try Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, or Merlot. For white wine, try Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay. Be sure to leave ample time for the white wine to chill, and consider investing in a decanter to allow your wine to breathe before serving.
Gin and Tonic: Fill a tall, narrow glass to the brim with ice. Pour in 1 part gin (try Tanqueray or Hendricks) and 1 part tonic water. Add 1-tablespoon fresh lime juice, and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Vodka Soda Lime: Fill a tall, narrow glass to the brim with ice. Pour in 1 part vodka (try Absolut or Grey Goose) and 1 part soda water. Add 1-tablespoon fresh lime juice, and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge. (You can also add a splash of cranberry juice for color).
Pink Grapefruit Martini: Over ice, shake 1 part gin or vodka with 1 part grapefruit juice and a dash of vermouth until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of grapefruit zest if desired.
Champagne or Proseco: Depending on how fancy of an evening you’d like to make it, you might consider offering your lady something bubbly. Just be aware that this gesture elevates the status of the evening and might also elevate her expectations- use your own discretion here.
Tips to Keep in Mind for Cocktails
Real wine and cocktail glasses are half the battle. Serve your drinks in the appropriate vessels and you’ll instantly set a classy tone. To state the obvious, SOLO cups belong with ping-pong balls and beer, not with dates.
Ingredients matter. Invest in a few bottles of top shelf premium liquor, and your cocktails will speak for themselves. The same goes for mixers- use fresh squeezed lime juice, and fruit juice that’s not from concentrate.
Don’t overwhelm your lady with options. Inundating her with an entire liquor cabinet and row upon row of wine bottles could overwhelm even the most assertive lady. Streamline the choices to show her you can take charge but still give her ample options.
Don’t pound your drink. Even if you’re nervous, chugging your drink will make her feel like she should hurry up too. Gentleman sip slowly- you’ve made a top shelf cocktail after all, you should enjoy it.
View my full post at the Boulevardier.