As an avid watcher/lover of television, there is nothing that gets me going like the kickoff to fall TV season — The Emmy Awards. They may not have the gravitas as The Oscars, but they’re more fun and informal than their stuffy award show brethren. In fact, hosting an Emmy party at your establishment can bring in new clientele — those who enjoy making snarky comments about celebrity fashion and faux pas — as well as those drifting aimlessly waiting for college football to start or pre-season NFL football to end. And if you’re TVs aren’t being used, you might as well be watching the red carpet (if only to see the typical Ryan Seacrest gaffe) while offering up some innovative drinks inspired by your favorite characters and shows. Certainly Don Draper wouldn’t want to watch anything without a glass of rye in his hand nor would the “True Blood” vampires be caught without the True Blood human blood alternative warming their cold mostly dead bodies. I, for one, will have my Dharma Initiative beer chilled and in hand with the hopes of seeing “Lost” receive some Emmy love. Do you have any Emmy promotions going on at your bar or nightclub? If not, you should. Here are some inspired recipes to get you going.
Inspired by “True Blood.”
1 ounces Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
3 ounces tomato juice or extra spicy Bloody Mary mix
Juice from one lime
4 dashes of hot sauce
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Strain into a tall glass or tumbler filled with ice and garnish with lime wedge.
Modern Day “Mad Men” Martini
Inspired by “Mad Men.”
2 ounces Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin
¼ ounce agave syrup
1/3 ounce lemon juice
Half stick of lemon grass (muddled)
Add ingredients to a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake well and strain. Serve in a Martini glass and garnish with a stick of lemon grass.
Inspired by “Glee.”
1 ½ ounces Blue Ice American Vodka
½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1 ounce POM Pomegranate Juice
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
Add ingredients to a cocktail mixer, shake well, and strain. Garnish with a lime wheel and red cherry.