Planning a party but stumped on how to go about it? Is that what’s troubling you bunky?
First off, Karaoke is so last year, so don’t even think about it. Don’t even think about bobbing for apples, that’s Halloween, and forget about hosting a “Come as your Favorite Whatever the Hell You Want to Come as”” theme party.
Beer Pong parties are so young.
So why not offer up some delicious cocktails from the Ghosts of yesteryear and offer a Retro-style party featuring two of the most beloved board games from our past? Yes, I am writing of Passout and Twister.
You all remember Passout. Or maybe you don’t, thus the name Passout. To refresh your memory, players roll and move around a board taking a drink when the board square instructs.
Each time a player passes the ‘start’ square he must take a ‘Pink Elephant’ card which contains a tongue twister. If he or she manages to recite the card three times successfully they gain the card.
The first player to obtain 10 ‘Pink Elephants’ is declared the winner.
A large disclaimer at the end of the rules: “Not intended for use with Alcoholic Beverages.” Yeah, right.
Twister came on the scene in 1966. However, in its success, Twister was also controversial. The company that produced the game, Milton Bradley, was accused of selling “sex in a box”.
Huh, imagine that. The accusation was probably because Twister was the first game to use human bodies as playing pieces naked or otherwise.
And while rolling the dice and/or spinning the wheel why not serve up some drinks from when we were young and carefree.
The Harvey Wallbanger dates back to the early 1950’s having been the creation of world renowned mixologist Duke Paolantonio. Walk into almost any vintage saloon nowadays and you may spot the long tall and slender bottle of Galliano with dust on it an inch thick. The drink purportedly was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood during the early 1950s.
¾ Oz. Vodka
¾ Oz. Orange Juice
¼ Oz. Galliano
Pour the vodka and OJ in a Collins glass, drizzle with Galliano and garnish with orange slice and cherry.
I’m sure we all remember the Highball, but in reality the Highball was not a true drink. it was a generic name for a bunch of drinks.
Well known examples of the tried and tested Highball include Gin & Tonic, Cuba Libre and the Seven & Seven.
Anyone remember what a 7 and 7 was? It’s 14.
Next, how about that dangerous mint green coming out of the French Quarter in N’Awlins during the 50’s.
We’re not talking about Kung Fu here, we’re talking about the classic drink that will have Santa wanting to get a tattoo by midnight.
¾ Oz. Creme de Menthe
¾ Oz. White Creme de Cacao
2 Cups Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Fresh Mint Leaves
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and pulse as you would a milkshake. Garnish with mint leaves.
And finally the Grandaddy of them all, the Tom Collins.
By 1878, the Tom Collins was being served in the bar rooms across the country, it was CollinsPalooza.
Tom Collins Gin
The juice of half a lemon in a large glass,
a bar-spoonful of sugar,
a drink of Tom gin; mix this well;
2 lumps of ice,
a bottle of plain soda.
Mix well and serve.
Check out the slideshow for some exciting highlights of last year’s party and have a Happy New Year everybody and always play board games responsibly.