I had my very first “I Love Lucy” marathon (with other people that is) this past weekend, and I realized I was a fool for not doing it sooner.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel (and Lillian Applebee, duh) are basically begging to be a drinking game. But until I find one I like, I’m going to settle for a good old fashioned cocktail party. Oh well!
Before you start, you need a few necessities: an I Love Lucy collectors edition DVD set, lots of liqueur, friends and two to three dresses (for multiple changes throughout the night), or one giant headpiece, a la the “Lucy Gets in Pictures” episode.
Side note: if you’re not trashed by the time they drive to Hollywood, you’re doing it wrong.
Also, you need a fierce ass apron, preferably one with a high party collar. Once you get in a Lucy Zone, you need to set the scene in your living room:
First, you need to set the coffee table with extra side snacks. The best kinds are fruit (berries and pineapple), popcorn (preferably salted caramel flavored), peanut M&M’s, chips and dip. I did this because I’m poor, but turns out it worked splendidly!
Lay them out for the party to munch on.
Be sure the drinks you can prepare beforehand are in the fridge. I suggest the ones requiring cream and half-and-half are made on site, since they have dairy in them. The rest you can pour in a large mason jar to chill in the fridge.
While I wish I had pictures to prove how fabulous it was, unfortunately we had a little too much fun that Lucy ended up stealing my attention. But till next time, may your Lucy Party be just as fun as mine!
#1) Chocolate “Factor”ini
You can have the world famous “Chocolate Factory” episode in a martini glass! You’ll get all the fun without the worry of packing chocolates on a conveyer belt or being smashed in the face with melted chocolate (did you know that lady in the episode was a really chocolate maker?). Basically, imagine a chocolate martini:
- 2 parts chocolate liqueur.
- 1 part vodka.
- 1 part half-half.
- A splash of nutmeg on top for extra flavoring.
- Don’t forget to rim the glass with coco powder!
*These are served in a martini glass, but not all the way to the top. Lucy is guaranteed to bring a lot of laughs, and the last thing you want is for your guests to spill their “Factor”ini on their brand new dress.
#2) The “Henna”rincess
Lucy’s not a princess, let’s face it. She’s a queen, but in one episode she even describes herself as a “’Henna’rincess,” and the only thing that can go with that is Hennessy of course.
- 1.5 oz Hennessy.
- Equal parts pineapple and cranberry juice.
- Splash of cherry syrup on top to make it look like hair dye
- Make it on the rocks in a rocks glass.
- Garnish with mint or lemon.
#3) Bobba ”Kaluah” Shots
These are best to be made before, then stored in the fridge until ready to set out. Keep a can of whipped cream handy to top each shot. The more you make it look like a conga drum, the better.
- 1/3 oz of Grand Marnier.
- 1/3 oz Irish cream.
- 1/3 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur.
- Melted chocolate kiss on top (or the dop of whipped cream)
#4) Ethel’s Turn
We all know Ethel May Potter is a star in her own right (remember the episode “Ethel’s Hometown?”). Too bad her light is always dimmed by the likes of Lucy. Ethel has a voice, she can act for days, and she is the most loyal friend in television. It’s her turn (to get us drunk).
- 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur
- 1 oz. dry gin
- 2 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- A few dashes lemon bitters
- Garnish with a Lilly flower.
Basically it’s a dirty blonde, but with a little class.
#5) VodkaMintaVeggie, man!
This is best served in a punch bowl or in a pitcher. But I recommend serving them in small glass bottles (to look like medicine bottles, which are corked then placed in a bowl of ice for people to grab throughout the night. If you want to take it a step further, provide a spoon… you know what to do.
- 1/3 cups sugar.
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves.
- 2 sliced lemons.
- 1/2 small sliced cucumber.
- 2 cups lemon juice.
- 2 cups vodka.
- 1/2 cup water.
- 2 cups ice cubes.
- Syrup flavoring (strawberry, grape or cherry) for topping.
Directions: mix sugar, mint, and lemon slices in large bowl. Using the back of a giant spoon, mash them slightly. Then, mix in cucumber slices. Let stand for a half hour.
Add lemon juice, vodka, and ½ cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Chill another half hour (and well over an hour).
Either mix them in ice and serve in punch bowl or pitcher, or, use a funnel to pour into small bottles. Once each bottle is corked, place in bowl of ice in the middle of your display for people to grab whenever.
#6) Bald Grouchy Bastard
This is a summer drink. Fred is definitely a grouchy bastard, but he’s OUR grouchy bastard! Dry, grouchy and bald, Fred Mertz is simple and frugal, but let’s face it, he’s funny AF. Top it off with ice cream and he’s now our favorite cocktail.
- 2 oz. bourbon whiskey.
- 1 oz. lime juice.
- Top with ginger ale.
- 1 scoop of ice cream.
Mix the bourbon and lime juice and put it to the side. Get a scoop of ice cream and dop it in an old-fashioned glass. Then pour the bourbon mixture on top with some ginger ale. The ice cream will look like the top of a bald man’s head!
#7) Red Headed Hussy
Just imagine the red headed hussy as being every character Lucy every pawned up to be in one of Ricky’s shows. There’s a red headed hussy in all of us! Lucy knew that.
- 1 oz peach schnapps.
- 1 oz Jagermeister.
- Topped with equal parts cranberry juice, raspberries and blackberries.
- Garnish with floating cherries.