June 13, 2012

The Speakeasy: A Prohibition Cocktail Party

Last year's Roaring 20's party was so much fun that we wanted to do it again this year but invite more friends.  So as magical as the sit-down Gatsby-esque dinner was, we switched things up and focused on the cocktails and snacks for a Speakeasy-themed cocktail party.  Fact: this is a party designed to get drunk, making it a lively one.  Of all the prohibition cocktails we made, The Penicillin (scotch, lemon, ginger, honey, laphroaig, angostura bitters) was my favorite and definitely gets one feeling all warm & fuzzy.  Snacks were salty and filling, enough to sop up some of the booze.  And we really went for it with the 1920s themed desserts.  Both rice krispies and hostess cupcakes were invented in the 1920s, so we made homemade versions of the marshmallow filled cakes and browned our butter for extra special rice krispy treats.  The 20's are also known for a boom of new candies: Charleston Chews, Charms Sweet & Sour Pops, peanut cups and many more!  Old Time Candy is an amazing on-line source for old-fashioned sweets and made our colorful candy bar very festive. Their retro candies, organized by decade, makes me want to throw an 80's party just so I can have Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape, Crybabies, gummy worms & Nerds: my childhood!
The Menu


prohibition cocktail menu

ramos gin fizz
gin, lemon, lime, orange, orange blossom water, egg white

new old fashioned
bourbon, fee brother's cherry bitters, orange peel

scotch, lemon, ginger, honey, laphroaig, angostura bitters

mary pickford
white rum, pineapple, grenadine, maraschino liqueur

dirty martini
vodka or gin, dirty sue premium olive juice


peanuts & pretzels

crudites & relish platter with green goddess dressing

potato chips & onion dip

bloody mary shrimp cocktails

caesar salad on romaine spears

curried deviled eggs

grilled cheese squares with tomato soup

mini pastrami & sauerkraut finger sandwiches with thousand island dressing


homemade hostess cupcakes

brown butter rice krispy treats

1920s candy bar:
charleston chews, charms sweet & sour pops, mexican hats, big hunk, big cherry, stick candy, candy buttons, necco wafers, peanut butter cups, twizzlers & candy cigarettes 


Unknown said...

Where did you get all the cigarette holders? (I'm having my own speakeasy party at the end of July. :) )

Anonymous said...

Attending a glam limo party is going to freshen my mind after facing the stress of completing my projects on time.

Unknown said...

Very nice Cocktail Party ideas. I like it. Thanks for share.

Unknown said...

Super cool Cocktail Party! Really liked all arrangements a lot. Last week, attended a fun party at corporate event venues San Francisco. It was truly a brilliant event. Food in the event was extremely tasty.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Thanks for posting!

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