I'm attending a potluck tomorrow night (eek!), and the theme is cocktail inspired foods (e.g., white russian cupcakes or rum & coke pork loin). I could come up with a ton of desserts and meat dish ideas, but those dishes are already claimed by other attendees. I'd like to bring two vegetarian dishes, either two main dishes or one main and a vegetable side.
The best I've been able to come up are tequila sunrise glazed carrots, but I'm not wedded to it. My problem is that I never drink cocktails, so I'm concerned that I might be missing the essence of a cocktail by haphazardly building a dish based on cocktail ingredient lists.
In the cabinet are grand marnier, cheap vodka, and cognac, but I'd be willing to spend up to $20 in new booze for the occasion. I can do some last minute prep at the event but the bulk of work should be done at home.
Any ideas from cocktail-minded readers?