As I’m wrapping up the experiment called the “virtual cocktail party,” I’d also like to pause and 1) profusely thank everyone who took the time to participate and 2) look back at the myriad ways everyone interacted with the drinks – to me, the most interesting part of this event.
It was apparent from the get-go that people incorporate drinks into their lives in different ways. For The Busy Hedonist, his-and-hers drinks were a way to relax with the hubby after a long day, baby safely tucked in bed; for Charmian Christie, it was a bubbly toast for her sister’s engagement; and for Judy Bennett, the party crossed the line from “virtual” to “reality,” as she served up Produce Stand drinks to real-life guests at a party to celebrate the opening of the Portland Spa.
Others took delightfully cocktail-geeky joy in analyzing and deconstructing drinks (tweaking drinks, by the way, was encouraged, “based on your taste, ingredient availability, or simply because you know better”). Just look how Cocktail Hacker and Marleigh Riggins Miller drilled down on every ingredient, or Dr Bamboo’s complete transformation of the Dragonfire into the even more fiery “Drago Amaro.”
Still others showcased the visual aspect of drinks, proving that looks count toward our enjoyment. Diva on a Diet created a sexy orange-peel garnish for the Fall Spice Cordial, and ended up with an absolutely stunning photo; ditto for Cocktail Hacker’s luscious round of blood orange floated atop a martini glass. And “Foodie Princess” Heather Jones added a salt-and-pepper rim to her Red Dawn glass, a zesty touch that left me thinking, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
Seasonal ingredients also played a part – For a week, I found myself checking Twitter daily to follow Rachel Kuptz of Girly-Drinks as she chased down the first of the early-Spring fresh rhubarb. Would she be able to get her hands on some or not? In the end she did, and her result was the prettiest rhubarb-pink “girly drink” of them all.
Thank you again to our fabulous bloggers – and if you missed the party, here’s the full set of links: click, sip, enjoy!