Copper Cups Mint and Lemon and 1Ltr Bottle
Copper Cups Mint and Lemon and 1Ltr Bottle
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THE PEOPLE

You’re going to want a guest list that reads like a Hollywood A List movie premiere. If you can’t get the stars themselves, take inspiration from the throngs of celebrities that have graced the red carpet at the Absolut Elyx brand embassy house in the Hollywood Hills. Invite someone with the panache of Kate Hudson; a friend with the dress sense of Kylie Jenner; and someone as quirky as Lady Gaga.

THE FOOD

Bite-size nibbles are essential at any house party. Guests will want to chat and move around unhindered by clumsy plates. Try to resist harking back to your mom’s bookclub meetings, and avoid toothpick-skewered cheddar cheese and viennas. Include as much fresh fruit (pomegranates are a trendy option), greens, interesting dips, and charcuterie as you possibly can.

Pomegranates are trendy this summer
Pomegranates are trendy this summer
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THE DÉCOR

Let’s be honest: metallics never go out of style, and there’s something warm and intimate about the flicker and reflection of candlelight on polished copper surfaces. Miranda Dickson, Absolut Elyx’s creative director, has created a range of playful copper cocktail implements and vessels that will bring glamour to any party table. From swans and pineapples to goblets and coupes, the range is refreshingly understated and right on trend for the party season.

THE BEATS

Compile your playlist in advance and ensure it’s divided into categories for each part of the evening. Depending on your tastes, a good mix of indie, hip-hop, rap and good old-fashioned dance music is always best. When the ice has been broken and your guests feel like breaking loose on the dance floor, trending rap artists such as 2 Chainz and Travis Scott provide the perfect accompaniment of laid-back rap. Alternatively, hire a DJ to spin tracks all night long. We’re loving the current musical style of The Chainsmokers.

THE DRINKS

Cocktails are the go-to drinks for the holiday season. Prepare in advance and stock up on a variety of ingredients and recipes to cater for different tastes. Experiment, and, if possible, bring in a professional mixologist. Browse the internet for cocktail blogs for inspiration. You could check out boozenerds.com and deathtosourmix.com.

Flamingo Punch Bowl Martinique
Flamingo Punch Bowl Martinique
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FOR A TASTE OF THE TROPICS
Ocean Drive

Ingredients:

60ml Absolut Elyx vodka
60ml passion-fruit purée or fresh pulp
30ml fresh pineapple juice
30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
30ml Agave syrup
2 pinches cayenne pepper
2 Makrut lime leaves

Vessel: copper pineapple

Garnish: dried whole chili and passion fruit

Preparation: Muddle makrut lime leaves, then add other ingredients. Shake and strain into copper pineapple over cubed ice. Cap with crushed ice and garnish.

DESSERT FOR THE ADULTS
Orchard

Ingredients:

60ml Absolut Elyx vodka
15ml Calvados
75ml pear juice
75ml Lapsang Souchong tea
30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
30ml Sugar Syrup

Vessel: copper pineapple

Garnish: Pear essence and dried lemon slice

Preparation: Shake and strain into copper pineapple over cubed ice. Cap with crushed ice and garnish.

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