Mixology Badge, Step 3
To complete Step 3 of the Mixology Badge, we taught family and friends to make two cozy fall cocktail drinks: an Apple Pie Martini and a vegan White Russian! Step 3 of any badge is to take action and share what you’ve learned with others.
We completed this badge by hosting several events – E had friends over one night after work for cocktails, we showed family how to make fall cocktails before a frigid and wet high school football game, and we had apple pie martinis at our annual family “fall fest.” All three events benefited from the fun of making cocktails and a little social lubricant. Below, we show you how to make these two fall drinks and share how we set up our supplies for teaching others.
Apple Pie Martini
Apple pie is a big deal in our family. Our mom makes the best apple pie in the entire world. Two members of our family (who have fall birthdays) actually request this for our birthday present – it is that good! So what would be better than an apple pie flavored drink? It is the perfect addition to a fall gathering! This one was a big hit at our family’s annual “fall fest” – a time to get together in the crisp weather, gather around a bonfire, and enjoy a variety of soups.
Tips and tricks for teaching this drink to others: Cocktail making can get a bit messy. Multiple ingredients and pours bring plenty of opportunities for spills. Keep in mind that many cocktail ingredients are sticky. Be prepared for some on site clean up. Keep a damp bar cloth near by. Use a tablecloth, placemat, spoon rest (or all three) to keep the mess to a minimum. You can do this and still keep things pretty – and no guilt when someone inevitably spills or drips!
Vegan White Russian
This is my go-to cozy-up-under-a-blanket in front of the fire drink! It is cold and I like it served over ice, so it isn’t an obvious choice for a cold-weather drink, but something about it makes me feel so cozy. It is kind of like an adult hot chocolate!
Tips and tricks for teaching this drink to others: Our friend Ben taught us that the trick to getting a liquid to “float” on another liquid, like the cream is supposed to do in a White Russian is to make sure the liquid you want to float on top is warmer than the other liquids in the drink. We shared this trick with Todd, Katie’s husband, and he perfected it on the first try!
Be sure to have all the ingredients and bar tools laid out ahead of time. If you are having a large gathering it may be helpful to have multiple jiggers and shakers. Practice the recipe before guests arrive. Look up the history of the drink you are making and share the background of the drink with your guests.
Add some visual interest by displaying the drink recipe. This makes it easy for others to mix their drink if the host is busy attending to other things. You can display the recipe on an uprights chalk board or printed on a recipe card. Also consider printing out multiple copies for your guests to take home with them.
Consider a themed cocktial party! Think about the current season, holiday or recent special event. Name your cocktails! I love this idea. Our family has been doing this for many years! We celebrated my sisters wedding with Folly Beach Breezes- which was a beach near their home. We celebrated her graduation from graduate school with Ph D Punch!
I have also noticed named cocktails popping up in restaurants and even concerts! The book themed martini list we found at The Library (which is really a bar) in Houghton, MI was especially charming. I was also delighted to find song themed cocktails and drinks at a recent Tesla concert in Grand Rapids, MI.
Remember to keep things safe. Cocktails can be very potent! We have had some pretty crazy cocktail events! Consider collecting keys, designating sober drivers, or hire some teens to drive people home.