One of my dearest friends celebrated her birthday this week, and I was asked to provide the signature cocktail for the party. [Sidenote: what does it say about me that I’m always in charge of the signature cocktails? I’m going to choose to take it as a compliment and not as a warning sign.] Today’s Boozeday Tuesday post will give you helpful hints for creating your own signature cocktails, the story behind Envigdka, and one delicious recipe!
Three Factors Create the Perfect Signature Cocktail
When creating a signature cocktail you want to consider three factors: (1) the Culture of the party. (2) Maximizing inside jokeage. (3) Puns.
Every party has a culture… one of Merriam Webster’s 10 definitions of culture is “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.” Your friends and your events have their own cultural nuances. Who will be attending? Fun friends? Uptight friends? Longtime friends? Mixing of groups? Friends that like to drink? Friends that need a drink? Does the party have a theme? What will the weather be like? Inside or poolside? What will you wear? (I like my cocktails to match my outfit.) What is the goal of this party? Who are you celebrating? Birthday? Wedding? It’s just a Tuesday and sometimes you need to party?
For a cocktail to be enjoyed at a party it needs to be delicious, but hilarity also helps. You and your co-partiers, whether new friends or old, members of your bible study or co-workers, are likely to have some inside jokes to giggle about. Nothing leads to giggling like taste-testing signature cocktail recipes. Making a cocktail that is personal to the host or hostesses or guest of honor is a key to loosening people up at a sometimes awkward social gathering.
A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet--this also applies to Rose’s Lime Juice. Pun-tastic names make or break your signature cocktail. It is particularly helpful if you can include a portion of the main ingredient. For example, Bunny and I made a “Watermelon for Every Gin-eration” cocktail for a staff BBQ modeled after our Wisdom for Every Generation Capital Campaign (Click here to learn more about how you can be part of the generation that changes everything!) A quality cocktail name encourages the party-goers to be adventures and try your newest creation! That brings us to today’s Signature Cocktail: Envigdka!
Image: McGill University (well not the Envigdka images... those are courtesy of Aunt Katie)
About a decade ago an incredible beverage came on the market: Enviga. This Nestea product claimed to give you energy, increase your metabolism, and help you pass your law school exams. When Nanny J and I were in law school we used to drink copious amounts of this Sparkling Green Tea Energy Drink. Having a personal distaste for energy drinks, what I loved about Enviga is that it tasted like Green Tea. It was delicious. And the ingredient ECGC claimed to have health benefits--not only could I stay awake to study, I could skip the gym as well.
While those health claims turned out to be false, Enviga became the glue that brought a study buddy friendship to the level of yaya sisterhood. When celebrating Nanny J’s birthday ten years later, it seemed a natural theme for a signature cocktail. Party culture? CHECK. The ladies attending the Nanny J Trivia Themed party were definite Green Tea drinkers (this cocktail would not be recommended if your party goers were big beefy football alums... it may not pair well with jerky.) Nanny J also likes her vodka, so the additional ingredients were also fitting. Inside joke? DEFINITELY--in fact the “Nutrition Facts” on the homemade bottle labels were filled with a decade of laughs. Puns? YUP. A cocktail that includes vodka and is loosely based on a decade old failed sparking green tea energy drink called enviga…Enviga + Vodka = Envigdka! And most importantly: Is it delicious? YES! And dangerous. I rate this drink “Download the Uber app.”
Traditional Green Tea Envigdka
1 Gallon of Green Tea
1 Bottle of Vodka (Tito's is Nanny J’s favorite)
1 Bottle of Sparkling Moscato (Prosecco or Champagne also work)
Directions: Empty gallon and store Tea in separate container. Pour Bottle of Vodka & Bottle of Sparkling Wine into empty Green Tea container (should equal about 7 Cups of Booze). Fill the gallon container with Green Tea (should equal about 9 Cups of Green Tea). Serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon or lime if you’re feeling fancy. Or fruit if you want it to count as a salad. Missing that Enviga fizz? You can add soda for more bubbles.
Finish by decorating bottle with creative label enumerating all situations where party goers may enjoy Envigdka, such as, while watching the Will & Grace reboot, when studying for the bar, or in lieu of going to a bar (such as Pure Barre or Cyclebar... because it burns carbs, it just burns them all up.)
1 Gallon of Green Tea
1 Bottle of Peach Vodka (Deep Eddy Peach is Aunt Katie’s recommendation)
1 Bottle of Sparkling Moscato
Directions: Empty gallon and store Tea in separate container. Pour Bottle of Peach Vodka & Bottle of Sparkling Wine into empty Green Tea container (should equal about 7 Cups of Booze). Fill the gallon container with Green Tea (should equal about 9 Cups of Green Tea). I would imagine you could recreate any number of fruit “teas” with Raspberry, Blueberry, or Anyberry vodka. I look forward to trying each and every one.
Finish by decorating bottle with creative label enumerating all situations where party goers may enjoy Envigdka, such as, while listening to Daniel Powter's Bad Day, when studying for the bar, or in lieu of going to a bar (such as Pure Barre or Cyclebar... because it burns carbs, it just burns them all up.)
Happy (hiccup) Creating!