I went to a cookout over the long weekend that was hosted by a friend of mine who is very much a chowhound but not a cocktail expert. I decided that I would bring over some things and mix up cocktails for the group.
That brought the question, what are some of the best bets to show off how good cocktails can be to a group of chowhound types?
I was initially thinking of doing two or three different drinks to span the spectrum a bit and offer different base spirits. I was considering a Corpse Reviver #2, Daiquiri, and something with whiskey, possibly a Redhook. In the end, I decided to simplify and just make Daiquiris.
They went over very well, and I did pause when asked what "kind" of daiquiris I was making, but quickly came up with the response "classic". I used the El Dorado 3 yr white rum, which I think makes a very nice daiquiri, with a recipe of 2 oz rum, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice, and 1/2 oz simple syrup.
I know gateway drinks have been discussed a lot, but for a group with more adventurous palates who are already into good craft beers and wine are there any different or unexpected cocktails that might make a particularly good intro?