Tease your hair up high, lay the bright blue eyeshadow on thick and break out the leg warmers, because you’re about to throw the ultimate cocktail-fueled Ladies of the ‘80s party. Just for the occasion, we came up with three fun and easy themed cocktail stations inspired by three ‘80s greats: Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. Here’s how to set up your own boozy blast from the past (mixtape not included).
Cocktail Station #1: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
This Pat Benatar-inspired station is all about a 1980s favorite: shooters. These neon-hued, mini mixed drinks are perfect for knocking back between songs before returning to the dance floor.
The Set Up
Before the party, prepare three pitchers of shooters without ice for your guests to choose from. While pretty much any cocktail can be scaled down to shooter-size, some of the most popular and most fluorescent options include the Purple Hooter (2 parts vodka
, 1 part lime juice, 1 part Chambord
), the Melon Ball (2 parts vodka, 1 part Midori
, 1 part pineapple juice) and the Alabama Slammer (equal parts sloe gin, Southern Comfort
, amaretto and orange juice). Refrigerate the pitchers.
Just before your guests arrive, set the pitchers out along with tall, skinny shooter glasses, shakers, jiggers and a big bucket of ice. Instruct your guests to measure out two ounces of a mix into a shaker, shake
with ice and strain
into a shooter glass. Or, if you’d rather pour the shots for your guests, do your best Tom Cruise in Cocktail
impression by mixing two servings at once in the shaker, setting two glasses side by side, and aligning the two thin slots on a Hawthorne strainer with the the glasses. As you pour, two separate streams of liquid will fill both glasses simultaneously. Cue the hoots and hollers.