HOW T O STOP 3 COM­MON PARTY KILLERS BE­FORE THEY RUIN THE VIBE

JOE MCCANTA, GREY GOOSE GLOBAL AM­BAS­SADOR, ON HOW TO SMOOTH OVER SO­CIAL SITUS.

ELLE (Canada) - - Lifestyle -

My guests aren’t min­gling! How do I get them to leave

their lit­tle groups? “Cock­tail mak­ing is a great con­duit for bring­ing groups to­gether! I put out a ta­ble with a few of our all-nat­u­ral flavoured vod­kas on it, a few dif­fer­ent citrus juices that I fresh-press be­fore guests ar­rive and a few sweet­en­ers, like sim­ple syrup (one part sugar to one part hot wa­ter), el­der­flower liqueur or any­thing else that’s slightly sweet. Then I just leave some glasses and ice out and let guests serve them­selves. You’ll be amazed at how ex­cited ev­ery­one gets when they be­come their own mixol­o­gist.” The mood just feels...flat. How do I in­ject some life into it? “Mu­sic is the key—there’s noth­ing that the right tune at the right time can’t fix. I think the ab­so­lute mas­ter of this is my good friend DJ Zen Free­man. [He posts his playlists on SoundCloud.] Another op­tion is play­ing ‘DJ Re­lay’: Guests get to pick tracks, played back to back, and then de­cide whose track was the best.” It’s only 45 min­utes in and some of my guests are get­ting a lit­tle too sloppy too fast. How do I slow the party down with­out sound­ing like

their mom? “The trick is not let­ting them get there in the first place! First, al­ways make wa­ter the eas­i­est drink to pour. Sec­ond, if you know the party is go­ing to last awhile, make sure the drinks come out at a leisurely pace, and play with the ABV [al­co­hol by vol­ume] of the cock­tails you serve.”

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