Respect the cocktail - serve a drink that’s sophisticated, sparkling & strong-like you
Earlier this year, the Varnish, a mixologically inclined speakeasy in downtown Los Angeles, was voted best bar in the country at Tales of the Cocktail, the Oscars of the bartending world. We enlisted their talented barmen to create a high-octane twist on the champagne cocktail.
- 1 oz.
- 2 dashes
- ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Squeeze orange peel, skin side down, into drink to release aromatic oils. Garnish with peel.
1. Go vintage
The stadium parking lot will be awash in oversize jerseys, hoodies and other school colors. That said, a vintage-style letterman sweater from the good people at Etiquette Vintage Design in Austin will have you showing both your school spirit and your exquisite sense of style. They can custom tailor sharp-looking sweaters and blazers with your school’s logo. (evintaged.com)
2. Blanket Statement
Pack a wool blanket. It can double as a picnic blanket or a wrap for the ladies. (Civil War artillery blanket, $109, woolrich.com)
3. Glass act
Polycarbonate champagne flutes look like glass but won’t break when things get too boisterous. (Connoisseur champagne flutes, $42 for six, nauticalluxuries.com)
4. Tray chic
Presentation counts. You’ve gone to the trouble of making a restaurant-worthy lobster surf and turf, so don’t ruin it by serving on paper plates. (Chancellor rectangular tray, $49, potterybarn.com)
5. Get a cooler cooler
You’ll need ice. A lot of ice. Coleman’s reissues of its classic steel-belted 54-quart coolers do the job and look, well, cool. They can also double as seating or a prep surface for your grill mastery. ($150, coleman.com)