I'm having a valentine's day party this coming saturday for 25-30 people, and I need a suggestion for a second drink. I'm already having a beloved kir royale punch (cranberry juice, creme de cassis, and champagne). Since the party is sort of nice, I don't want beer, but since we're all poor twentysomethings, I also don't want more wine. My first drink is a bit sweet, so I don't want anything fruity for the second choice. I saw an idea in Martha Stewart for a vodka-cucumber-ginger thing that sounds good, but I think the cucumber is too summery.
I do, however, want something clean-tasting and non-fruity. Ideally, it would have gin, but I'm also open to vodka. Also, it can be made in quantity in a pitcher for a crowd (okay if a last-minute addition of something sparkling is called for).
Please help me, because I am really stuck! Maybe what I want doesn't even exist.... :(