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Adult Harder: Throw a Swanky Cocktail Party


Percy Rodriguez

Beverage Director, The Vine NYC

This week, we bring on a surprisingly high-end guest, Percy Rodriguez, who has worked in wine, cocktails, and mixology with some pretty impressive chefs, including Mario Batali and Laurent Tourondel. With Percy’s cocktail guidance, we dive into the grown-up world of luxurious liquors and talk about the finer points of hosting a real swanky-ass cocktail party. This ain’t your college kegger, folks...this is the adult AF version of drinks with your friends, and there’s a lot to consider if you want to cocktail right.

  • Get some friends
  • Pick a date and time
  • Send invites to those friends you supposedly got in Step 1
  • Have some foodstuffs on hand
  • Make a playlist
  • Clean your house
  • Dress like a grown-up
  • Learn how to make some killer cocktails

To help us with that last part, we ask Percy for his take on the top three cocktails every adult should offer at a cocktail party, and the recipes are below!

Percy also recommended we check out the Savoy Cocktail Book, so click the link and check it out on Amazon!

He also discusses the importance of some supremely impressive ice cubes, and we found a couple molds we thought you might like, here and here.

Oh! And before we forget, here's Ryan's Spotify playlist, as promised!

Ryan's Not-As-Good-As-Percy's Cocktail


  • 2 oz El Jimador or Milagro tequila
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with some ice and just shake the shit out of it for about 20 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a new glass with new ice, because this isn't fucking amateur hour, and throw a little slice of lime in that motherfucker. Also, if you want salt on the rim, go for it, but do that shit before you pour in the margarita, unless you like drinking your booze off the floor.


Percy's Cocktails

Aperol Spritz

  • Aperol
  • Prosecco
  • 1 orange
  • Club soda

Fill a wine glass with ice. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 inches of Aperol into the glass. Follow it with some tasty-ass Prosecco until the glass is 3/4 full. Squeeze an orange into the glass, and drop in an orange slice. Then top that motherfucker off with club soda and enjoy the hell out of it.


Rum Punch

  • 2 oz aged rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • Splash of lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Peychaud's bitters

Add the rum, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, and lime juice into a shaker with some ice. You know what? Throw that simple syrup in there, too. Give it a good shake. Shake it like you fucking mean it. Then open the shaker and grate in some fresh nutmeg, and pour the whole damn thing into a tall glass. Sprinkle four or five dashes of Peychaud's bitters on top, and just love your life so much.



  • 2 oz of Rittenhouse or Michter's rye
  • 1 oz Antica sweet vermouth
  • 3-5 dashes of orange bitters

Add rye, vermouth, and bitters into a glass with ice. Stir for about 20 seconds, until that glass is frosty as hell. Then put some fresh ice into a rocks glass and strain the cocktail into it. Boom. You did it.