Before the pandemic struck, a big part of #BrodieCreekLiving was our regular resident events. The last four big parties were action-packed! We had fun games, food trucks, fantastic music, photo booths, and, of course, cocktails.
While everyone is unfortunately forced to socially distance, we thought it might be fun to re-visit some of these epic events by sharing the cocktail recipes you enjoyed at each one.
From a comforting cup of Kahlúa Hot Cocoa to a green glass of Spooky Halloween Party Punch, feel free to try making these cocktails on your own and sharing your experience on social media.
#1: Spooky Halloween Party Punch
When a Haunted House meets a House Party, you get a Haunted House Party hosted just in time for Halloween! We added in a spooky DJ, creepy treats, and a hallway full of scary surprises for good measure, too. Watch the video here to see what went down.
For the cocktail special, we went with a classic Spooky Halloween Party Punch served in red Solo® cups.
What makes it so spooky, you ask? It was the hand-shaped ice sculptures floating in punch bowl! We even drizzled grenadine on top to make the hands appear like they were bleeding.
The original recipe also calls for four quarts of cranberry juice cocktail and six ounces of frozen lemonade concentrate. But we decided to use a hefty amount of Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush to give it a sweet-but-sickly green color.
#2: Kahlúa Hot Cocoa
Last year’s winter holiday party was a cheery celebration of all things chocolate. From the chocolate treat table to the hot cocoa bar, the party was bathed in chocolate to keep everyone warm and cozy through the night.
If you are not familiar with Kahlúa, all you need to know is this: it is rum and coffee liqueur, which perfectly complements chocolate. It is especially amazing with Starbucks® hot cocoa, which is readily available thanks to the Starbucks® machine located in our Cyber Café.
To make a Kahlúa Hot Cocoa, just add a splash (or more!) of Kahlúa to your favorite hot cocoa. It is such a simple, but delicious, cocktail recipe.
You can garnish your Kahlúa Hot Cocoa however you like, but we offered mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, and peppermint sticks as stir-ins. So yummy!
#3: Make Me Blush
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Thirsty Thursday was transformed into Heartfelt Happy Hour.
The recipe we used for the cocktail special that evening was what Delish.com called Giggle Juice. But, to fit the party theme, we re-dubbed it Make Me Blush, which highlighted the rosy color created by a base of pink Moscato.
What we find most fun about making this cocktail recipe is creating the white sugar rim for your glass. It requires an ingredient most people already have at home, and it helps you learn an easy bartending trick!
We decided to use a red sugar rim on each glass, rather than the white sugar. It perfectly matched the rest of the party, which was full of red and pink balloons, flowers, candy, and more. Feel free to use the sugar of your choice to match the mood!
Fun Fact: We did not originally plan to host a Mardi Gras party this year. But after realizing we reached 1,000 followers on Instagram that very same week, we thought it was the perfect occasion to celebrate.
Sure, all the beads, King cake, and Zydeco music make for a good party. (The photo booth was fun, too!) But what makes for a great Mardi Gras party is having a Hurricane in your hand.
To whip up our Hurricanes, we used this cocktail recipe from The Spruce Eats. When mixing yours at home, just be careful not to have one too many!