Party Encyclopedia

Do you know what I love? Books. Especially old ones. Even more so, old ones you forgot that you had and you rediscover at a later date. Case in point: The Calvert Party Encyclopedia. This gem of a tome is was published by the  Calvert Distillers Company in the 1960’s, and given to me by my mother-in-law. It’s chalk full of all sorts of useful resources, like how to stock your bar based on your party size, recipes for both food and beverages, and “11 Gay, Amusing Party Ideas”. Granted, a lot of it is some seriously out-dated material for those of us living in 2016, but if you want to throw a theme party, this is your perfect accessory.

Tonight’s cocktail also stems from this reference manual – as will many more in the future, I’m sure. Here’s the rundown: I was feeling particularly lazy today, so I had to come up with something using ingredients we already had lying around the house. Josh hasn’t been feeling well so we are stocked up with plenty of orange juice varietals. Using that as my guide (and figuring my immune system could also use a blast of vitamin C ), I settled on the Havana #2:



  • 1 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1 oz orange pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

Shake well with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

This book does not mess around with lengthy directions or complicated concoctions. Straight. To. The. Point. One thing to note, however: The portion you see pictured is actually double the above recipe. Apparently in the 60’s it was cool to have tiny portions. Also – if you have a hard time with really strong rum flavor, or you want a bigger immune boost, you may want to add more juice.