“Would you be interested in making a personal appearance at our event and creating a signature cocktail?”
6 months ago, I received that email. What? Do I do personal appearances? Huh? I’m just some dorky chick who makes videos. Who is going to want to watch me make some tasty beverages? “I think you have the wrong person,” I reply back, “I’ve got a couple of tattoos and am known to have a bit of a potty mouth. Also, I’m not taking my shirt off.”
They didn’t want me to take off my shirt…yay!! They were a legit event planning company, not affiliated with any scandalous events. They had been putting on this event for the past 4 years so they knew what they were doing. And Beth of E Creative Events & Experiences was a pleasure to work with. But, yes, they really were interested in me appearing at their event, mixing cocktails complete with tatts and curse words. So, I agreed.
I learned more about the event the closer we came to the party date. I would be serving my signature drink from behind a massive ice carved bar to around 500 guests. They wanted me to create a signature cocktail with a Minnesota-made liquor that would be served through a gigantic ice bar. GIGANTIC ice bar. Custom built. Huge. It would serve 10 people at a time. Really? Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. But it probably will because the ice company was legit and knew what they were doing.
I planned my drink, which ended up becoming the Minnesota Vodka Sidecar. (Recipe at the end of this post! Trust me, this thing is good!!)
When I showed up at Aria, they had the entire theater decked out. Live bands were rehearsing, the kitchens were filled with people making a million different kinds of yummy smelling food, people were running around everywhere getting the venue ready for it’s 500 soon-to-be-there guests. I squeezed about 50 pounds of fresh lemons before I got ready. I snuck a peek of the ice bar as it was being installed. It had to have been 20 feet long and about 4 feet high in the middle. It was the Minneapolis skyline sitting atop the Stone Arch Bridge with a huge emblem above the IDS Center that said in big icy letters, ”Making it with Stephany”. It was amazing. I didn’t have time to take many pictures, I was too busy working my tail off. I wish you could have been there–it was a fantastic sight to see. White curtains highlighted with hot pink mood lighting. Really rad.
Before I knew it, it was “cocktail time”. I mixed, shook, poured and chatted with guests for about 90 minutes. I claimed to have made the ice bar, until some one asked how, and the lie stopped there. I then gave all credit to Ice Occasions, because they really outdid themselves. The fun stopped after they drank up all of my cocktails and the ice bar ran dry. Time to shut ‘er down.
It was a great time and I would definitely do it again. So if you need a cheeky cocktail creator who keeps her clothes on, I’m your gal.
Minnesota Vodka Sidecar
1 oz L’etoile du Nord, Minnesota-made vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz St. Germain
2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Pour all contents in a shaker filled with ice, give a good shake, strain into lowball glass. Drink up!