“Craft” Brewers, “Farm-to-Table” Restaurants, “Artisanal” Cheeses… It’s not just the latest trend, it’s a lifestyle.
It’s the result of people who’ve grown tired of mass-produced products and really value the time and effort put into locally sourced goods. The thought that goes into producing these items directly impacts the experience we have with them. With summer in full swing, we thought we’d provide a few tips on how to host your next get together – the small batch way.
1. The Experience
Focus on the quality rather than the quantity by introducing your guests to a new experience. Many different kinds of food and drink fall into this category, even your home décor and clothing can be small batch.
So where to begin? First, decide on a focal point for your gathering. Something that gets people talking, like tequila! We have recently discovered Mezcal and love how many different and interesting drinks you can create with it. lots of folks have never tried it and it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce your friends to a new boutique experience.
For an extra kick, try a blind taste test with accompanied scorecard to rate their new drink experience. It’s always a good laugh when your snobbiest friend chooses the cheapest bottle in the bunch! Start here with this great guide to picking the best Mezcal, and how to know what you’re seeing and tasting.
2. The Recipe
Once you’ve chosen your craft liquor star, you’ll need a suitable symphony of flavors to round it out. We highly recommend the Paloma, Mexico’s most beloved cocktail.
* Recipe from https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/paloma
- Kosher salt
- 1 grapefruit wedge
- ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ cup mescal or tequila
- ¼ cup club soda
Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in mescal, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
3. The Look
Once you’ve found the focal point of your gathering, you can work on adding the surrounding pieces for support. This “small batch” feel can be extended to your glassware, place settings, or even your centerpieces. Choosing a color palate can really hold everything together. It trickles over from your specialty napkins, into your Mezcal drink, and even onto your chosen outfit. Here’s one of our favorites that works with everything.
When it comes to your clothing choice, Habitat gives you that special and unique feel. The fabrics are designed to be breathable, and most importantly when hosting any event involving food and drink, they wear extremely well wash after wash. Our styles change with the season, it’s the small batch quality that never fades. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below. They all work equally well for any small batch moment.
Your menu is chosen, your table is set, and you look and feel great. Get the party started! Enjoy this summer and check back soon for more small batch ideas.
Have fun living the small batch life!