First, let's take a crash course: Bar 101
Jonny Palsson, an Absolut ambassador, showed Cosmo his bar must-have list for a great party:
- "Fruit garnish like lemons and cherries makes drinks look great."
- "The right glasses make the drink more delicious."
- "Don't forget to stock lots of ice."
1. Tequila Shot
Jose Cuervo Tequila
How to shoot it right: Lick the back of your left hand, sprinkle salt over it, and pick up a lemon wedge. Hold the tequila shot with your right hand. Lick the salt, shoot the tequila, and suck on the lemon wedge.
2. Bailey's Over Ice
Bailey's Irish Cream
Three large ice cubes
Fill a thick-bottomed glass with ice cubes and pour in two shotglasses-full of Bailey's Irish Cream.
For a richer treat, blend ingredients with two shots of cream and serve in a glass.
3. Turn On
Absolut Vanilia vodka
Green apple wedges
Pour Absolut Vanilia vodka in shot glasses. Give each apple wedge a light dusting of cinnamon. To enjoy, shoot the vodka, and bite into the apple wedge. The flavors from the vanilla vodka, apple, and cinnamon make it a great after-dinner treat!
4. Lychee Martini
1 part Absolut vodka
2 parts lychee syrup (from canned lychees)
Shake and strain ingredients into a martini glass, and garnish with a lychee. For a coconut-lychee martini, replace vodka with coconut rum.
5. Tanqueray Tonic
Pour ice and two shots of Tanqueray gin into a thick-bottomed glass, and top up with tonic. Run a lemon wedge around the rim, then squeeze and pop the wedge into a glass.