If you have spent any time with me recently or follow me on any social media, you’re probably aware that I’ve been obsessed with Hamilton. And honestly, you should be obsessed with it too. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Hamilton: An American Musical is a Broadway show that uses hip hop, rap, and diverse, color-blind casting to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life. I know. It sounds ridiculous. But I promise, even if you don’t listen to rap, even if you’re not an American history buff, you’ve gotta give it a try. Right now. You can find it on Spotify and iTunes and Amazon and wherever you listen to music. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
…Done? Good. Now, remember the song “My Shot”? It’s probably the one stuck in your head at this very moment. We’re gonna play with that today and make Hamilton’s Shot!
Hamilton’s Shot is a red, white, and blue shot made with Caribbean rum. It’s colorful and tasty and fun. Plus, the shot comes with a “greenback” for those who need a bit of a chaser. (Get it? Cause Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury and he’s on the $10 bill! I know, genius.) But you may not even need it: the grenadine and blue curacao add a very fruity and sweet taste, so you’ll barely even notice the burn of the rum.
Now, the trick to getting the beautiful red, blue, and white layers is to tip the shot glass slightly and to slowly pour the next ingredient onto the glass so it meets up with the previous layer. The first try or two may not turn out super well. Don’t throw away your shot! Take a break and enjoy the not-as-pretty but still tasty drink, and then try one last time. Soon enough you’ll have a shot that makes you satisfied.
- 1 part grenadine
- 1 part blue curacao
- 1 part Caribbean white rum
- (optional) green fruity drink (I found a green Sunny D in the juice aisle. Ecto-cooler could also do the trick!)
- Pour grenadine into a shot glass, filling it just 1/3 of the way. That would be enough.
- Tip the shot glass and slowly pour in the blue curacao, aiming for the inside wall of the shot glass.
- While still tipping the glass, pour the white rum slowly, aiming for the inside wall of the shot glass.
- Slowly place the shot glass upright and marvel at the beautiful shot you created!
- Pour some of the “greenback” into a glass.
- Time to take a shot! (Once you perfect this shot, you’ll be making them non-stop for your friends!)
Now that I’ve made one Hamilton-themed drink, what comes next? I think I’ll have to perfect a recipe for a Hurricane. 😉
Are you a fan of Hamilton? Have you seen the show? CAN YOU GET ME TICKETS? Lemme know in the comments!
(By the way, I’ve slipped some Hamilton song titles in this post. How many can you find?)
ThinkGeek recently reached out to me about showcasing some of their Star Wars items, and my mind went in overdrive on what I could do. I decided to throw a Star Wars Cantina-themed potluck, and to use some ThinkGeek items to inspire and create themed drinks. I’ll show you the party soon, but for now, let’s make some geeky drinks!
The Death Star
What do you make when you have a Death Star ice sphere? A Death Star drink, of course! “The Death Star” is an actual cocktail, I found out, that’s pretty similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s POTENT . As it should be. (And seriously, whether you want to make the drink or not, the Death Star ice sphere is one of my new favorite things. It’s super easy to fill, looks amazing, and really classes up a glass of whiskey.)
Death Star Recipe
- 1 oz Jagermeister
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz whiskey
- 2 oz sweet and sour mix
- 2 oz (or more) cola
- Place all ingredients into a glass with a Death Star ice sphere in it.
- Stir to mix ingredients.
You can’t have a Star Wars party without blue milk, right? I decided to make a drink that was a bit more fun: a blue milkshake! R2-D2 helped me out with measuring the ingredients. (Aren’t the R2-D2 measuring cups the CUTEST?)
Blue Milkshake Recipe
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream (the whiter the better!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp blue Jell-O powder
- blue food coloring (optional)
- Mix the milk and Jell-O powder together.
- Pour the milk/Jell-O mixture and ice cream in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to heighten the color, mix until even.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
The Sith Lord
I received the lightsaber ice pop maker and instantly knew what I was going to do with Luke’s lightsabers: Mountain Dew. Duh. What else. But What would be fitting for ol’ Darth Vader’s? It hit me in the soda aisle: Mountain Dew Code Red. The dark force of the Mountain Dews. I placed a tsp of cherry vodka in the ice pop mold and filled the rest of it (approximately 1/3 cup) up with the Code Red. A bit of vodka makes it a bit more “naughty” without preventing it from freezing. Creating the ice pop made me decide to make the drink form as well. It’s super easy and quite tasty!
Sith Lord Recipe
- 1 shot cherry vodka
- 1 can Mountain Dew: Code Red
- Fill a highball with ice.
- Pour in the vodka shot, fill the rest of the way with the Mountain Dew.
Just be careful when you’re eating those ice pops. REMEMBER: IT’S A LIGHTSABER! THAT’S A LIGHTSABER IN YOUR MOUTH!
What’s your go-to Star Wars drink? Will you be trying any of these?
(And a big shout-out to ThinkGeek for supplying the amazing tools to make these drinks! Check them out at ThinkGeek.com!)
For my birthday, I wanted a low key night where I watched Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie) with some friends. Apparently low-key to me means fall foods, pumpkin spice cupcakes, and three specialty cocktails inspired by the Sanderson sisters (and based on the color of their robes). The cocktails are all pretty easy and fairly low maintenance during a party. Just set them up right before and you won’t have to worry about it while you watch a movie or dance until you’re dead. Without further ado:
Sarah: Bubbly, sparkly, and purple. This drink attracted all of the men.
Pour a little bit of Chambord into the bottom of a champagne glass. Fill the glass with champagne. Top with a few Pop Rocks.
Winifred: Traditionally witchy, strong, and has a pretty big bite.
- Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Cinnamon Whiskey (I used SinFire)
Heat one cup of water on the stove until boiling. Add in the Jello mix and mix until fully dissolved. Add in 1 cup of Cinnamon Whiskey and a couple ice cubes, mix. Pour into Jello shot containers and let chill in the fridge for four hours.
Mary: Fruity, fun, and reliable.
- 1 Part Raspberry Vodka
- 2 Parts Pomegranate Juice
- 2 Parts Cranberry Sprite
Mix together in a large pitcher with ice and pour into individual cups.
Which Sanderson sister is your favorite?
With Bartendro, you can order drinks from your iPhone and have them made in 10 seconds in front of you. By a robot. This is the future, you guys.
The creators of Bartendro are currently running a Kickstarter for their items, and for a donation of $99 or more, you can start getting the supplies to make your very own open-source bartending-bots.
Once you donate, invite me over and we’ll give the bot a try.
Get your own Bartendro at Kickstarter.com.
Need a nerdy cocktail for your next party? Check out Secret of the Booze, a fantastic series on YouTube.
Appropriately, their first drink was a TMNT-inspired Mutagen Cocktail. Start with that, stay for drinks from fandoms such as Iron Man, Die Hard, and LOTR. Yum!
It was late. We had been playing games and cooking for 18 hours, and we were exhausted. Enter: Health Potion!
Health Potion is NOT healthy. At all. But it is full of sugar and caffeine and is quite tasty. Enjoy cautiously.
- 1 packet of Tropical Punch Kool-Aid
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 can Rockstar Punched
Fill a 2 Liter pitcher with the Kool-Aid, sugar, and can of Rockstar. Add enough water and ice to reach 2 liters. Mix. Add more sugar to taste, if you’re feeling wild. Serve. Stay awake for another 6 hours.
It wouldn’t be a Geeky Hostess party without some cheesy themed drinks, so these are what I’ll be serving at my Pre-Hunger Games Party tomorrow night:
Attendees of my party will begin the night with one slip of paper in the reaping bowl. As the night goes on, they must put their name in each time they get a drink, lose a game, or make a party penalty (as decided by the others throughout the night). At various times, names will be drawn out and those “Tributes” must Wii box or Just Dance for our enjoyment. Let’s see what drinks the party-goers will be receiving tesserae for!
A White Russian with a drop of grenadine.
1oz coffee liquor
drop of grenadine
Pour vodka and coffee liquor over ice, fill with light cream. Place a drop of grenadine on top, and allow to sink to the bottom.
A pink and bubbly drink worthy of Effie.
1oz Alize Red Passion
Pour the chilled Alize in a champagne flute, fill with champagne.
A simple drink with a fleck of gold, just like his signature look.
1 shot of Goldschlager
Who are we kidding? Haymitch doesn’t even need a glass. Just give him a whiskey bottle straight. (My attendees, however, can have their whiskey neat or on the rocks in a glass if they so choose.)
As you can see, these are all super simple drinks that can add a bit of pop to your Hunger Games pre-party. What will you be drinking?
These glasses will make your friends think twice before asking for a second drink (unless it happens to be the antidote).
Great for murder mystery nights, Princess Bride parties, and any day you want to give your friends a little scare.
When ordering a 4D6, you are presented with four wooden dice out of a rich, leather bag. The dice feature different types of spirits and flavors that your drink will then be made from. And you’re warned from the start: No re-rolls.
Lisa took initiative and rolled first. Her drink? Tequila, herbal, dry, aromatic. Mine? Absinthe, fruit, brandy, and bitter. We munched on a cheese plate and wondered what our drinks would end up tasting like. Mine tasted like a fancy cough syrup, not so tasty. But Lisa’s was amazing: herbal, sweet, smooth, with a bit of tang from the tequila. Amazing.
You never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always an adventure!
(Mistral Kitchen filled up quick on a Wednesday, so reservations are encouraged. We were lucky to grab a seat at the counter where we saw them prepare some gorgeous plates for those eating dinner.)
The 4D6 is $12, at Mistral Kitchen.
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. And for many, Valentine’s Day is one of the worst days out there. So why not get your Valentine’s Day-hating friends together for one crazy party. All the disturbing and snarky parts of love, none of the sweetness.
The event should get started with my favorite non-traditional love story:
He Loves Me He Loves Me Not
A French romance film starring Audrey Tautou? May sound too lovey-dovey for you, but I guarantee it’s not. My gentlemen friends still cringe when I bring this movie up; it makes love scary on a psychological level. I promise. Stay with it till the end.
$14.99 at Amazon.com
After a good dose of crazy, release your inner feelings with some homemade ransom Valentines. Make them for each other and then pass them out. Or even better, slip them under the doors of those who couldn’t make the party.
All you need is some construction paper, scissors, glue stick, and the thickest wedding magazine you can find. Bonus points, with a couple markers you can go to town making zombie brides!
Just because your guests are single for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean they don’t deserve gifts. Just stay away from anything too romantic.
Show them you care with an anatomically correct gummy heart (complete with gummy blood). Take a bit of extra time to wrap it up in a nice box, they’ll never know what’s coming.
$6.99 at ThinkGeek.com
Do you love the chalky taste of conversation hearts, but hate the sayings? Find something a bit more appropriate in this container of Bittersweets.
$9.95 at Despair.com
Want to get a bit more crafty with your treats? Try Sprinkle Bake’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries:
Fire, alcohol, fruit, and chocolate. Can’t go wrong in my book. Just make sure the true crazies stay away.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?