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The acclaimed mixologist shares her tips for throwing the bash of the season.
We asked Lauren Mote, the internationally recognized barkeep and the genius behind the Bittered Sling bitters empire, how us regular joes can make sure our next party is one for the ages.
From eggnog to fish house, there’s nothing better for true “ahead of time” planning than punches. Use mismatched bowls, cups, glasses and saucers, and let people help themselves from bottles with nice labels or antique crystal bowls.
Feel free to create your own menu, written on a chalkboard or something cheeky and playful, to let guests know what’s in store.
We LOVE doing our entertaining at lunch or late afternoon and then changing the theme to something low-key or crazy upbeat in the evening, depending on who’s left standing.
It’s easy for a party to get exciting and over the top, and that can cause problems if you live in an apartment or a duplex where the neighbours might lodge a noise complaint. Make an appointment ahead of time at a bar or karaoke joint so you can continue the fun, and you won’t have to flick the lights on and off at 11 p.m. to kick everyone out.
Consider handing out some of your summer preserves: tomatoes, jams and jellies, hot sauces, bitters or bottled cocktails that guests can take home with them.
Hiring a bartender for three hours is affordable and so much fun.
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