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Booze for a party

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by reado, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. reado

    reado Member

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    Hey

    I'm throwing a party in a few weeks and I'm trying to think of what booze I should provide my guests... I'm not a big drinker at all so I'm not sure what types or brands I should buy.

    I'm just wondering what people usually would look for at a party and if there are any particular brands that look 'well thought out' instead of just an obvious choice because the company has a lot of ads. For example, i've always heard that for all the money spent on advertising, Absolut isn't really a very good quality vodka (again, I have no clue if that's even true).... what would be a better choice?

    I'm also not looking to blow the bank on this party so ideally I'd like it if most bottles were under $40

    and I guess i'm looking for a

    Vodka
    Gin
    Rum
    Rye
    Whisky
    Red / White wine

    Anyone have any favorites or ideas?

    Thanks! and I'll be sure to have one in your honor for your help!
     
  2. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    For example, i've always heard that for all the money spent on advertising, Absolut isn't really a very good quality vodka (again, I have no clue if that's even true).... what would be a better choice?
    For vodka, get Stoli. Great value.
     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    It depends on your friends and their tastes. If they're booze-hounds and not too discriminating, then I would go with the following:

    Vodka - Stoli, Finlandia
    Gin - Tanqueray, Bombay (Sapphire)
    Rum - Bacardi black (or silver)
    Rye - (why?) - try Tequila instead (Chinaco, Herradura)
    Whisky - Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Chivas Regal, Crown Royal
    Red / White wine - huge number of options. Yellow Tail and Arrogant Frog are failrly inexpensive and decent quality.

    If you have picky friends:
    Whiskey - Knob Creek, Macallen
     
  4. chorse123

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    I say quantity over quality applies. Maybe bring along a friend to the liquor store. For example, I would get a 1.75L of Don Q. Cristal rum for less than a .75L of Bacardi. The former is fine, especially as people will be mixing, and then people will be drunk.
     
  5. reado

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    Vodka - Stoli, Finlandia
    Gin - Tanqueray, Bombay (Sapphire)
    Rum - Bacardi black (or silver)
    Rye - (why?) - try Tequila instead (Chinaco, Herradura)
    Whisky - Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Chivas Regal, Crown Royal
    Red / White wine - huge number of options. Yellow Tail and Arrogant Frog are failrly inexpensive and decent quality.

    If you have picky friends:
    Whiskey - Knob Creek, Macallen


    Thanks!

    Yeah, I don't think my friends are too picky so these are great. Everyone is in a 'mid-twenties - upper middle class' demographic so they're pretty much used to anything as long as its not total garbage or really expensive

    I don't really care about Rye, I just assumed others did! Tequila is a good one though.. I surprised that i forgot about it.
     
  6. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    if us sf members are invited, you better get some macallan single malt 18 year olds, otherwise get the usual. [​IMG])
     
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  8. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Or you could always punt on the hard stuff. For our Christmas party, we always have something sparkling (generally good-value US stuff like Gruet or Roederer Estate), 2 whites (German riesling and something drier and French), and at least one red (good Beajolais and maybe a generic Burgundy). Goes with the food being passed around, and doesn't make the place look like a saloon.
     
  9. HEWSINATOR

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    Hmmm, I have aloways been confused about what Americans call Whiskey and Rye. Here in Alberta they are one in the same, and then we make the distinction for Bourbon.

    That said, one fo the recomendations under whiskey was Crown Royal, do you not call this a Rye, as to my knowledge it is not the same as Jack.
     
  10. ratboycom

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    I personally like Skyy Vodka, super smooth and easy to drink, that and it is relatively cheap
    If you are mixing drinks I suggest getting a bottle of Cointreau (or Triple Sec if you want to save some bucks), many vodka coctails have a bit of TS or Cointreau in them.

    If you want to get fucked up fast then get 99Apples and a bottle of cranberry Juice. Make CranApple Coctails. let me just say that was not one of my finer moments... the throwing up part. Drinking 5 whole coctail glasses full in 15minutes now that was a feat. (btw the shaker was over half full of 99apples and a splash of cranberry)
     
  11. Tokyo Slim

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    If you want to get fucked up fast then get 99Apples and a bottle of cranberry Juice. Make CranApple Coctails. let me just say that was not one of my finer moments... the throwing up part. Drinking 5 whole coctail glasses full in 15minutes now that was a feat. (btw the shaker was over half full of 99apples and a splash of cranberry)
    To all of you outside WA state, this is known as getting "Spokane'd". The next move in sequence is unprotected sex, pregnancy, quickie marriage to someone you can barely tolerate, minimum wage jobs, an inevitable spiral into alcoholic suicidal depression, eating out of the Senior Froggy's dumpster, and shoplifting at the Northtown mall. Get out while you still can!
     
  12. reado

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    Hmmm, I have aloways been confused about what Americans call Whiskey and Rye. Here in Alberta they are one in the same, and then we make the distinction for Bourbon.

    That said, one fo the recomendations under whiskey was Crown Royal, do you not call this a Rye, as to my knowledge it is not the same as Jack.


    I'm in Toronto and to be honest I thought they were two different things. I assumed a product like Jack Daniel's would be a whisky while something Canadian Club would be a Rye... but yeah, I have no clue what i'm talking about [​IMG]
     
  13. Vintage Gent

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    if us sf members are invited, you better get some macallan single malt 18 year olds...

    And while you're at it, you'd better pick up a case of the Bowmore 30.
     
  14. chrysalid

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    Single Malt Whisky is made with malted barley, whereas rye and grain whiskies are made with rye, corn, wheat or a mixture of. Whisky is Scottish or Scotch (either single malt or blended, which is a blend of malt and grain whiskies) wheres WhiskEy is Irish or American (Canadian).

    Anyway, I would get Stolichnaya, Bombay Sapphire, Havana Club Rum, Johnny Walker Black Label (a good catch all blended Scotch that can be drunk neat, though red label or J&B are a tad cheaper and pretty much as good) and probably a bottle of Jack Daniels. It mat also be worth buying a bottle of Dry Vermouth in case anyone fancies a Martini, and it is dirt cheap.

    For mixers I would buy plenty of tonic water, some soda water, orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, coke, canada dry and maybe lemonade. Also get lots of ice and fresh limes, and if you can be bothered pick up and wash some fresh mint and make up a small jug of sugar syrup (lots of sugar and water, preferably unrefined demerara).

    With this mix people can have G&T, V&T, Cuba Libre, Mojito, Screwdriver, Sea Breeze, Jack and Coke, Whisky and Dry, Martini etc etc.

    I personally enjoy a Bloody Mary, in which case tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, tobasco sauce and celery salt are crucial, but I'm the only person I know that likes them, and I don't think I can make it to your party.

    For red I also just go for whichever Aussie Shiraz looks the best, and dislike white, but would stretch to a bottle of Chablis if I had to. You could try picking up a few bottles of Cava as well for some cheap fizz.

    Again depending on the guests and the weather, a jug or two of proper Pimm's and lemonade or dry always looks pretty impressive and is cheapio.

    I think that's it.
     
  15. Thomas

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    I'm in Toronto and to be honest I thought they were two different things. I assumed a product like Jack Daniel's would be a whisky while something Canadian Club would be a Rye... but yeah, I have no clue what i'm talking about [​IMG]

    It used to be that rye whisky and Canadian whiskey were considered the same. Rye whisky is made with 51% (or more) rye grains, mixed among corn, barley, and wheat. Canadian whiskey can be rye whiskey, but rye is not necessarily Canadian, and vice versa. In terms of common usage, rye has pretty much fallen out of the vernacular, and on the shelves rye whisky seems to be more of a specialty item, especially since distillers seem to base their marketing on branding and not actual product categories.

    Canadian Club and Crown Royal may be rye whiskeys (and worthy additions to any liquor cabinet) but that's not the first name that comes to mind when
    discussing these products.

    I don't know if anyone has discussed this, but if no one has mentioned ice, be sure to get tons of ice. bags and bags. and limes, definitely limes.
     
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    To all of you outside WA state, this is known as getting "Spokane'd". The next move in sequence is unprotected sex, pregnancy, quickie marriage to someone you can barely tolerate, minimum wage jobs, an inevitable spiral into alcoholic suicidal depression, eating out of the Senior Froggy's dumpster, and shoplifting at the Northtown mall.

    Get out while you still can!



    HAHAHAHA. I think getting Spokane'd would more involve Bud Light and Pickup Trucks (shudders)... Actually my story was from a party in Pullman.

    And wait a second arent most all jobs in Spokane Minimum wage (or at least not living wages, unless its upper management)
     
  17. Tokyo Slim

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    HAHAHAHA. I think getting Spokane'd would more involve Bud Light and Pickup Trucks (shudders)... Actually my story was from a party in Pullman.

    And wait a second arent most all jobs in Spokane Minimum wage (or at least not living wages, unless its upper management)


    Dude, if you were really from Spokane, you'd know that bud light is for fancy, black-sneaker occasions only. I mean, most of the time, you actually have to be wearing a shirt, shoes, AND pants to get into places that serve Bud Light.

    Busch, Milwaukee's Best (the BEAST!), and Natty light are your every day "pickup truck" kind of beers.

    I heard that if you can "do nails" or "manage a Jack In The Box" you can make more than minimum wage in Spokane. I don't think I'm qualified to do either of those jobs though, so I'm basically out of luck.
     
  18. ratboycom

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    Shit man... Actually my friend Manages a Jack in the Box in Pullman (supose it isnt bad for a college student) and I work at Staples as a computer sales man (I make only $9.50 an hour, I was making $12 an hour as a tech but going to Japan and back to school was more important than working at Appleway). I was more making a generalization about how poor my shit town is. Think about this everyone, the second biggest city in WA and the average household income is about 30k a year... WEAK.

    Now that you mention it yeah Bud Light is kinda high class for everyday drinking around here... I remember asking me to buy 30pack cans of Keystone Light. Blech, that shit is the worst fucking piss water around. In fact I saw you put "The BEAST" on there. I often see signs for Milwaukee's Best beer 24packs on sale for like $6 on lower Division and some of the other shitty neiborhoods around the river.

    The lowest I drink is like Henrys Blue Boar. I typically have Kirin or Asahi in my fridge. Occasionally Ill have Fat Tire, Pyramid Apricot, or Northern Lights Brewery Bluberry Creme (I have a thing for fruit beers).
     
  19. Tokyo Slim

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    Shit man... Actually my friend Manages a Jack in the Box in Pullman (supose it isnt bad for a college student) and I work at Staples as a computer sales man (I make only $9.50 an hour, I was making $12 an hour as a tech but going to Japan and back to school was more important than working at Appleway). I was more making a generalization about how poor my shit town is. Think about this everyone, the second biggest city in WA and the average household income is about 30k a year... WEAK. Now that you mention it yeah Bud Light is kinda high class for everyday drinking around here... I remember asking me to buy 30pack cans of Keystone Light. Blech, that shit is the worst fucking piss water around. In fact I saw you put "The BEAST" on there. I often see signs for Milwaukee's Best beer 24packs on sale for like $6 on lower Division and some of the other shitty neiborhoods around the river. The lowest I drink is like Henrys Blue Boar. I typically have Kirin or Asahi in my fridge. Occasionally Ill have Fat Tire, Pyramid Apricot, or Northern Lights Brewery Bluberry Creme (I have a thing for fruit beers).
    Heh. I'm going to stop generalizing about Spokane now, since I'm obviously WAAAAAY too good at it. As soon as you get out of school, GET OUT OF SPOKANE. Otherwise some chick is gonna try and trick you into "impregnating" her and "settling down". How do you think it got to be the second largest city in WA with no economy to speak of, no attractions to speak of, and being in the middle of literally - NOWHERE??? [​IMG]
     
  20. ratboycom

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    hahahah, good explaination. Actually now that I think about it I dodged the bullet on that knocking up a girl and getting married to someone I barely can stand thing. I was dating a girl since I was 17, later found out she was crazy, her family/she would constantly bug me about when we were going to settle down and have kids (I was in school then too). I fucking hated it. Not only that I couldnt stand being with the girl, cept I continued because I knew that she would try and kill herself if I broke up with her.
    Long stroy short... I broke up with her last year. Now Im dating a Japanese girl who hates Spokane. So as soon as I graduate Ive got a fast ticket out of here. I try to leave for as many months of the year as I can afford too.
     

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