A few weeks ago, I developed signature cocktails for my wonderful college roommate’s bachelorette party. I know it’s deeply uncool to jump on bandwagons, but I will happily admit that I’m a huge fan of the signature cocktail craze. As someone who adores spirits and loves specialty, one-off items and events, it’s kind of a match made in heaven for me, so I was pleased as proverbial punch to create themed cocktails for the beautiful bride-to-be: my friend is proudly of South Asian descent, she loves spicy foods, and she’s also got a soft spot for the American South, so I whipped up some cocktails specific to her tastes and personality. Since we were having a Mexican dinner catered by the ever-delicious La Palapa, I decided to make drinks with a tequila base to match. The drinks of the night were a Sriracha-Peach Smash and a Jalapeño-Thyme Lassi, both featuring Tequila Avión.
If you’re looking to make signature cocktails for an event, consider ways to personalize the cocktail for the guest of honor — and also make the drink easy for people to enjoy. For the bachelorette party, I used tall squeeze bottles with big labels on the side, and wrote out a big list of instructions for each drink: that way, if I wasn’t around to bartend, people could mix up their own cocktails and still achieve the right balance of flavors.
Jess Novak is the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesstothenovak