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Organizing potential cocktails for a (Harry Potter Christmas) Party

What do I serve at my upcoming (second annual) Harry Potter Christmas Party?!

Here is my Google excel sheet to organize my ideas!

Harry Potter cocktails

There are so many good ideas, but I NEED to narrow some drinks down. This is how I organize all of my thoughts together. The ones in yellow I have already decided I will make.

I already know I’ll be making Butterbeer, with a new and improved recipe which I will share soon.

My roommates have vodka they want to be used, so I’ve been researching how to use this liquor for the first time, since I never use it. I’m currently infusing pear, ginger, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a mason jar now. I also added some syrup I made using Pumpking beer and Amaretto, shook that on ice with vodka and lemon juice, and it was great!

Things to consider for providing cocktails at a party:

  • What booze do I already have on hand?
  • What ingredients do I already have on hand?
  • Can something be made into a punch? If it’ not a punch, then that means I will need to bar-tend (which I already need to do for the Butterbeer, since that is heated and should be drunk after I serve it).
  • If I buy a special ingredient for one drink (for example, Champagne) can I use it for a second drink, or a third drink? In other words, how can I be economical with what I am buying?
  • Will the drinks be diverse? I can’t have four whisky-based drinks that are all super sweet and have similar flavors (cinnamon, wintery spices, etc).
  • Will the drinks be unique enough to leave an impression, off-kilter a bit so they fit with the “magical” theme of Harry Potter, yet universally liked/tested so people will enjoy them?


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Christmas Food Pics

Just some pictures from the food we ate at Christmas.

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Homemade pizzas:

Margarita

Pesto, chicken, cherry tomato (soaked in garlic, oregano and EVOO) and caramelized purple onion

Chorizo, Manchego, Fried Potato, spicy-garlic-smoked paprika aioli, spicy jam

Pear, blue cheese, walnut and honey

Cuban food:

Black beans with deliciousness or Frijoles negros

Sweet fried plantains “Maduros”

Yuca with onions/garlic/citrus or “mojo”

Guayava cake

Pork. Delicious pork

Homemade daiquiris (rum, simple, lime, shaken over ice)

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Meal and Update

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Obedient Ingredients.

Enjoy some photos from our Christmas Eve meal below.

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But first, an update: I would love to post more frequently, and more importantly, I would love to conduct more experiments and taste tests, but I cannot for the time being. I have been unemployed for several months, and until I get a steady income, I will not be posting new experiments.

I have PLENTY of ideas of tests I’d like to try out, everything from the most basic (Which onion is best in pasta sauce? Which oil to use to bake French fries?) to elaborate (Testing different homemade Siracha sauces) to even the quirky (Does blending cheap wine in a blender actually aerate it properly, making it better?) and etc. 

When I get back on my feet, I’ll resume experimenting. Until then, any job leads would be welcome. But more importantly, enjoy high quality food and experimental eating.

Merry Christmas!

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