It's hard to be bartender at your own party, between greeting, serving, and other party duties. But handing guests a festive cocktail as they arrive is a fun way to start the evening, and the secret is to make it ahead of time.
On a recent trip to New York City, I asked the bartenders at my favorite restaurant and bar Gramercy Tavern, for a festive summertime cocktail. (Gramercy Tavern is known for their fabulous seasonal cocktails that use fresh fruits and herbs; check out their cocktail book Mix Shake Stir for more than 100 tempting recipes.) Their answer: the rum, pineapple, and strawberry Pineapple Pain Killer. Pineapple and strawberries are a perfect match, and I can't think of a better way to kick off a summer party. One tip: be sure to start making the Pineapple-infused Rum three days in advance!
Pineapple Pain Killer
For the Pineapple-infused Rum:
Serves about 20 people; recipe courtesy Gramercy Tavern Restaurant