Truth: whiskey tends to get a bad rap amongst the females in a group. It’s strong, it’s bitter, and it’s just not all that pleasant. I hear you. I was there. BUT, having recently sipped on a whiskey cocktail done right, I can attest to the fact that it can be delicious. Swear! And after being introduced to Brian Samuels & The Urban Grape & DomestiKated‘s most recent party, I’m tempted to throw my own version – and soon.

From DomestiKatedLife… Everyone thinks that whiskey is a man’s drink. Our hope at The Urban Grape is to help women realize that whiskey is a versatile base for drinks through every season. The Sex and the City ladies made the Cosmo famous, but today’s women should know that drinking a Manhattan at the bar is even more beguiling! Our Ladies Winter Whiskey party was the perfect opportunity to teach a group of wonderful women about how to stir, shake or concoct the perfect whiskey cocktail.

The cocktails were the main focus of our party: a Manhattan, a Whiskey Smash, and a whiskey punch. And while each drink is a classic, we made some slight variations to give them a new spin.

We carried the whiskey theme over into the food with BLTs that were made with maple-bourbon glazed bacon, a light seasonal crudité to balance the hearty sandwiches, and for dessert a chocolate bundt cake with a caramel bourbon sauce drizzled over the layers. We plated the cake slices with a few of the bourbon-soaked cherries leftover from our drinks.

To keep the whiskey-love going long after the party stops, we sent guests home with hand-written menu cards with each of the drink recipes so they could recreate them at home, and small corked jars of the bourbon-soaked cherries we’d used in some of the drinks.

Whether its whiskey, bourbon, rye or scotch, these versatile spirits will keep your toes warm this winter!

Cocktail Recipes, Ingredients, And Event Space: The Urban Grape | Photography: Brian Samuels | Shoot Coordination: All Heart PR | Styling: DomestiKatedLife | Vintage Glassware: Farm & Fable