With the Football Playoffs, Superbowl, and Awards Season here, I wanted to share some tips on how to entertain with ease using Tanteo. Making great cocktails at a party can be really easy, and with just a little prep work, you can wow your guests with ease. Nevertheless, I see a lot of at-home entertainers that make mistakes, and spend too much time in the kitchen and not enough enjoying each other’s company. Hope these tips I have learned over the years help to make your events more enjoyable.
1. Make cocktails that you don’t need to prep. With the craft cocktail movement - we often want to show our bartending skill and make wild and crazy drinks for our guests. However, there are plenty of two ingredient cocktails to make with Tanteo Tequila that can still wow your guests. Two of my favorites are the Tanteo Mule and the Tanteo Paloma. For the Mule, just take 2 oz of Tanteo and mix with 4 oz of Ginger Beer. Almost as easy as opening up a beer, this is a delicious refresher and a good alternative to a Spicy Margarita. Equally as easy is the Tanteo Paloma. Take 2 oz of Tanteo Jalapeño and 4 oz of Squirt, Fresca (for the calorie conscious), or any other Grapefruit Soda. Both of these cocktails are delicious and so easy.
2. Prep ingredients before: If option one is too easy, make your complex cocktails easier by preparing ingredients before. The biggest timesaver will be in preparing your fresh citrus juices (lime and lemon). While some insist that juices need to be fresh pressed, I am of the persuasion that juices might actually get better a few hours after being pressed. This same prep work can also be done for muddled drinks. Instead of muddling berries, cucumber, or pineapple - just puree beforehand and use the puree to make the drinks.
3. Pre-batch: You can take this even further by adding the booze and ice beforehand. We use this trick a lot when doing in-store tastings with Jalapeño Margaritas. However, to do this correctly, you need to account for dilution. When shaking a cocktail, some of the ice will melt while it is chilling the drink, and this will not occur when pre-batching. My general rule is 1 oz of water for each cocktail to mimic the dilution in shaking. If you are more visual in your learning - check out this video where I make a pitcher of Tanteo Jalapeño Margaritas at Casa Tanteo
4. Ask your guests to do the work for you: If you really want to shake cocktails, make the guests do the work for you. People love to shake their cocktails, you can even start by giving everyone a there own personal mason jar for the evening with the lid and all. I often print out instructions beforehand, and place a laminated copy in the kitchen next to the ingredients. A word of caution, It can be confusing for guests that have never made their own cocktails, so if you plan to use this tactic, try to stay out of the kitchen and be warned that your guests might come up with some less than perfect recipes.
5. Limit options: In many bartending books - they encourage aspiring home bartenders to purchase everything needed to create a full bar. I think this is a mistake - there are too many spirits out there, and most guests just need a little encouragement to try something new. Whenever entertaining I try to make one signature cocktail, and keep some wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverage just in case they don’t like the signature drink (no need to worry about this if using Tanteo 😌. Do less things, but do them well, and you are likely to wow your guests without extra effort.
Hope these ideas are helpful. If you find yourself using any of the above this season, please tag me on Twitter at @neilgrosscup or on Instagram at @neiltherealdeal.
Para la Buena Vida,