The Holiday Season is fast approaching and with Christmas less than 6 weeks away, planning for all of the silly office parties has probably started in earnest. I noticed from my eyeball that many of my readers are significantly younger than I am, and I suspect a cocktail party in their snazzy new flat is more their speed than the sit-down dinners with several courses that I tend to do at this stage of my life. Geez, I havenâ€™t lived in a studio apartment for nearly 15 years! At any rate, in those days, vodka was my drink of choice and folks sometimes kept the bottle in the freezer to ensure that it was ice cold, the best way to drink it neat. I am not sure if vodka is still a preferred drink for cocktails these days (is it tequila, rum, scotch, bourbon, single malts?) but here is a cheap, easy and impressive trick you might consider for your next cocktail partyâ€¦
Buy several bottles of individual servings of vodka (I got mine the last time I was at Subic Bay) and freeze them into blocks of ice. You can even imbed the ice with lemons, mint, etc. for interest. Then serve an appetizer of some smoked salmon or if you want to go all the way, caviar and have a shot of ice cold vodka with it; if you want to go less opulent, do a salmon roe spread on a cracker insteadâ€¦ You need to let the block of ice thaw for a while so that the bottle of vodka can be readily extracted. If vodka isnâ€™t your thing, the frozen blocks of ice idea can be applied to soft drinks as well. You can make ice cubes with mint or lemons in them that you can float in lemonades, dayap or kalamansi juices. You can do this way ahead of time and leave them in the fridge. Or you can mold flat trays with herbs frozen into them as a bed for serving hors dâ€™oeuvres or the likeâ€¦ All you need is a little imagination!