Rum Runner Press, Inc.
Dr. Ron A. Ñejo
Dr. Ron is a seasoned bar tender completely devoted to exploring the many facets of rum. It has been said that he has rum running through his veins.
Hosting the Perfect Cocktail Party - Par t II
Thoughtful hosts can also relax by rehearsing. If, for example, you are planning to serve a rum punch made with a recipe you never tried before, it is a good idea to mix a small batch (a pint might do) the day before the party to work out any kinks. Limes and lemons may not be as tart this time of the year, for example, or perhaps you will be using a different brand of rum which imparts more or less flavor onto the punch. Conducting a practice run will give you the self confidence every host desires.
As your guests arrive at the party, keep in mind that no matter how busy you may be, everyone enjoys the feeling of a warm and personal welcome. You should always assume that your guests will arrive with parched throats and voracious appetites, so be prepared at all times to offer drinks and hors d’ouvres. Depending on the number of guests you’ll be entertaining, it might be a good idea to either ask a friend to assist you with the greeting and dispensing duties, or even better, hire a professional bartender who can be in charge.
Small gatherings will lend themselves for all guests to be introduced to each other. Doing this in larger gatherings, however, can be time-consuming, awkward and even counter-productive, as faces and names tend to become blurry after only a handful of exchanges, even in the absence of alcohol. When dealing with larger crowds, try instead to make two or three strategic introductions, preferably between people who share something in common. Having a co-host can help diminish the complexity of this task.
Hosting, not hustling
Partygoers recognize and enjoy having active hosts. These are the type of hosts that not only line up the food and drinks in cold self-serve fashion, but who are also constantly ensuring that all guests are enjoying food, drink and company and who immediately jump into rectify even the slightest discomfort. But while hosts should be active generous with their elixirs, they should also remember that they are hosts and not hustlers. Great hosts know how to recognize when their guests’ facial glow reaches the point when coffee and dessert are in order, providing a mellow and classy slowdown that guarantees a pleasant and safe way to conclude a gathering.