Two summers ago, a friend hosted a “big” birthday party for me. It was awesome!
(If someone asks if they can host something in honor of your birthday, please say yes! You’ll be glad you did.)
I remember how wonderful it was to spend time with a group of girlfriends…and I remember that she served pineapple martinis to drink.
I’d never tasted one before, and I don’t think many others had either.
That night, EVERYONE tried a pineapple martini.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a big impact at your next birthday party, I’ve got two words for you:
Signature cocktail (or mocktail, if you’d prefer something non-alcoholic.)
Birthday Party Ideas Should Include a Signature Cocktail
There are LOTS of reasons to serve a signature cocktail at your next birthday gathering, including:
- A fun and festive drink is perfect for a celebration.
- The signature drink can be in honor of the birthday person's favorite liquor or flavor.
- A signature cocktail sets the tone for the party—the host put some thought into this!---and acts as a unifying theme.
- The drink can serve as an icebreaker of sorts. At the party I mentioned above, guests were offered a cocktail when they arrived. It got the conversation going---“What’s in this drink that makes it so yummy?’ and before you knew it, friends from different parts of my life were chatting away.
- Serve the drink in an interesting way and it can also add to your party decor. My friend served the martinis from a beautiful crystal punch bowl that had pineapple chunks floating in it. She had the punch bowl on the kitchen island near a beautiful centerpiece.
- One very interesting drink is far more memorable than saying, “We have beer, wine, bourbon….”
- It takes much less time to make a pitcher of cocktails than it does to spend hours and hours decorating a birthday cake
- Your guests can try a cocktail that may be new to them. (This is how I came to learn that a Moscow mule is delicious.)
Not sure which festive cocktail to make? We can help.
These Bourbon Milkshakes were silly delicious! (Watch video.)
Different Ways You Can Make a Signature Drink Memorable
You've heard the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
The same can be said of what makes something memorable.
Signature drinks can be memorable for a variety of reasons, including:
- The drink is unfamiliar to most of your guests
- The flavors are an unusual combination
- An ingredient in the drink is hard to come by or is handmade
- The presentation is interesting
- The individual glass has some atypical garnishment
Festive Birthtinis. Perhaps for a 50th birthday party? (Watch here.)
Birthtinis, Drinks with Birthday Candles, Bourbon Milkshakes, Pinapple Martini Recipe
While I'm not much of a bartender, I'm a sucker for cute.
I've made lemon drops and served them with lit birthday candles standing upright. (Watch video...and don't miss the last few seconds where I end up wearing the cocktail!)
I've decorated the rim of a martini glass with cake frosting and sprinkles. (Watch here.)
I've made bourbon milkshakes in ice cream cones that were so delicious I found myself quite tipsy during the middle of the day. (Watch here.)
I've also used blue chai tea powder to create a deep purplish blue liquid and then added it to other ingredients, including vodka. While I gave myself an A for effort, the end result was not ready for prime time. (Instead, check out this post and learn the right way to do it.)
As long as you make the signature cocktail something that the birthday person will enjoy, you're sure to please.
Still not sure what to make?
Here's the recipe from my friend!
Mrs. Martin’s Yummy Pineapple Martinis
- 2 liters of Tito’s or your favorite vodka
- 2 whole pineapples (not canned)
- Sprite or 7Up
*** For best flavor, plan to start making martinis ~2 weeks before your event. ***
1. Cut the pineapple into chunks and place in a very large container with a tight seal.
2. Pour vodka over pineapple chunks and seal the container tightly.
3. Let the container sit for 2 weeks so that pineapple infuses the vodka.
Fill a shaker with ice.
Add the pineapple-infused vodka and shake.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and add a splash or two of Sprite or 7-Up.
** For an extra touch, create a sugared rim on the glass. Just dip the glass into pineapple juice and then into sugar. Add a chunk of pineapple for added garnish…and pretty pictures!
**These drinks are strong! Add more or less Sprite/7-Up depending on your guests and the time of day.