Here at alanagetshealthy towers, we're allowed some time off and 'rest' (I've been having some time off for quite a while now though!) It's ok to have a break and cut loose so when I was contacted by Social and Cocktail and asked if I would like to throw my very own cocktail party, of course I said yes! So on Friday just there, a corner of my livingroom was turned into the very snazzy bar you see above.
The website http://www.socialandcocktail.co.uk/ is absolutely jam packed with everything you could want to know about cocktails whether you want to check out recipes (there are over 1000) or what bars in your area are highly rated; it's the place to go to get some cocktail knowledge! My favourite part of the site is the 'What's in your fridge' feature. You put in what you have to hand and you will be shown what cocktails you can make. Very handy if you're not too boned up on ingredients and don't fancy a 'what the hell' cocktail!
Everything is included in the Social and Cocktail Event, the bar, bartender, glasses, ingredients, ice, stirrers; everything you could possibly need and the best part you ask, all the mess is cleaned up and taken away so you don't have to deal with anything after the party is over. I don't know about you, but I dread the morning after the party tidy up.
On the night Damien and Patrick showed up to get set up and typically we weren't ready when they got here! As they got on with the moving furniture and setting up of the bar, we rushed about getting ready and in no time at all our first cocktail was being expertly prepared! Being that this was a cocktail party we decided to dress up for the event and as you can see, I am a top notch poser...
I thought my trusty floor length ball gown was appropriate attire, plus I always feel utterly fabulous when I wear it! I'll say what I'm sure we are all thinking, I wouldn't make it as a fashion blogger! Also for anyone wondering, that's not a real cigarette in my hand but my wee electronic cigarette that comes in very handy (especially when there is alcohol involved)
As part the cocktail party package, before your actual party, you can choose five cocktails to be made up on the night from their pre-selected menu of 25 cocktails (do not fear though, you get more than 1 cocktail each!) Plenty choice for everyone! As the party was going to be in the flat, I thought it would only be fair to ask Muj (my flatmate and bestie) to help choose the poison! The menu is split into five options; Dessert, Vodka, Rum, Classics and Non-Alcoholic. We decided to go with 1 Dessert, 2 Vodka and 2 Rum.
Clockwise from left we have the Toblerone Martini, Cosmpolitan, Raspberry Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri and Sea Breeze.
Toblerone Martini is made with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, Frangelica, a dash of honey, cream and chocolate powder. This by far was my favourite for the night, so creamy and so freaking delicious! I'll definitely be making these myself one day or at least attempting to!
Cosmopolitans contain Citrus Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice, squeezed lemon and sugar syrup. The ultimate Sex And The City cocktail. This is the drink we started our night off with and I think it was a great first choice. Nice and refreshing, not too heavy and the perfect beginning of our soiree!
The Raspberry Mojito had White Rum, Raspberry Liqueur, lime juice, soda water, superfine sugar, raspberries and mint leaves. This was my first jump into the mojito pool and I have to say it was excellent! Crisp and fruity, a new firm favourite.
Strawberry Daiquiris, well can you guess the fruit they come with? As well as strawberries, we have Bacardi Rum, Strawberry Liqueur, lime juice and sugar syrup. For me this one was a bit too bitty. I'm not a huge fan of bits in juice, drink whatever, I don't know what it is. I still gave it a go though and it was a really nice flavour. I will try it again one day I reckon.
Finally Sea Breeze, with Vodka, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and a lime slice. I'm not going to lie, I didn't like this one all that much. I think it was the grapefruit juice but it was too bitter for me.
The night was absolutely fantastic and I'm so happy that the girls showed up (of course they did, free alcohol!) I need to say a massive thanks to Damien and Patrick for going out of their way and making the trek through to Grangemouth for the party as they are based in Glasgow; look out for future expansion to other cities though!
To finish off this mammoth post, I'll leave you all with some more photos of our shenanigans!
If you are in the Glasgow area and fancy having a cocktail party of your own, don't hesitate to check out the website. Five cocktails for £25 per person, not really a price you can sniff your nose at! Considering the prices you'd pay in the city for the same quality cocktails I know what I'd rather choose!
Thanks again to Social and Cocktail for the fabby night and hopefully I'll be using their event package again in the future!
*I was provided this party for free by Social and Cocktail, all opinions are my own.