It’s officially October (can you believe it?), and what better way to embrace the fall season than hosting a cozy cocktail night with your girls? And this month, it’s time to put away the summer rum and tequila in favor of… whiskey! Whether or not you’ve had experience with this spirit (it’s one of our all time favs), an girl’s night in is the perfect chance to experiment with new recipes! Below, we’re sharing everything you need to pull together your own girl’s whiskey cocktail party.
Select a Few Fun Recipes
Since the party revolves around cocktails, do a little research and find some fun recipes you want to try! Keep it simple with Old Fashioneds, classy with Manhattans, or cozy with Hot Toddies. Punch bowl recipes like Rye & Pomegranate punch are fun for a crowd, too! When you’re selecting cocktails, check out the types of glassware they are usually made in. It’s fun to have the appropriate cocktail glasses for each recipe on hand — you can even pick up some glasses at a thrift store if you’re missing a certain kind!
If you’re looking for some creative recipe inspiration, try these two favorites from Barçon!
Summer Thyme Boulevardier
-Irish Mist Whiskey
-Thyme Infused Simple Syrup
Add 1.5 oz of Irish Mist Whiskey, .5 oz of Campari, .5 oz of sweet vermouth, and a .5 oz of Thyme infused simple syrup into a tin and stir with ice. Then strain the cocktail over fresh ice in an old fashion glass, and serve with a thyme sprig and a twist of lemon!
-Canton Ginger Liqueur
Add 5 blueberries to a tin with the 1 oz of Canton ginger liqueur and lightly muddle together. Add Ice, 1.5 oz of Fort Creek, 1 oz of cranberry juice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer, and a candied ginger spear, stir with straw.
Stock Up on Creative Ingredients
Build-your-own cocktail nights are the best when you have plenty of pretty ingredients to choose from! Check your recipes and make sure you have the right kinds of whiskey (recipes may call for rye whiskey, bourbon, or scotch which can be similar, but try to have the right ones on hand if you can!) Once you’ve got the basics, don’t forget additions like flavored bitters, sliced lemons, edible flowers, herbs, or anything else the cocktails call for! The more pretty toppings you have, the more fun it will be to dress up your drinks!
Accessorize Your Dranks
If you know anything about us, then you probably know that no drink is complete without a rad stir stick!! Pick out some funky ones like our “Tipsy, Turnt, Sauced” set or grab our Bohemian Gem stirrers. Since it’s a whiskey cocktail party, why not go a little further and grab some fun napkins and coasters too?!
Create the Ultimate Charcuterie Spread
Since some whiskey cocktails may tend to be a bit on the stronger side, make sure you have plenty of food on hand for your girls to snack on! Charcuterie boards are always a hit, and can be easily made with mixed meats, several different types of cheese, dried and fresh fruit, candied nuts, and fresh vegetables! Prep everything ahead of time and have it out so everyone can graze when they feel hungry!
Toast to Your Girls
With the busy holiday season ahead, it can be hard to get all your girls in one place at the same time. Since you’ve managed to bring everyone together, cherish the time with a toast to your babes, and let them know how much you love them!
Photography: Morgan Ashley Photography | Florals: Layered Vintage | Venue: Moniker Warehouse | Design Assistance: Luna Wild Design | Calligraphy: Studio BDR | Furniture Rentals: Witty Rentals | Glassware: Hostess Haven | Cocktails: Barçon Cocktail Co. | Stir Sticks, Coasters and Napkins: The Roc Shop | Catering: Miho Catering Co. | Party Concept: Women & Whiskies