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Cocktail Party - Can I call it something else?

Is the term 'cocktail party' still in vogue? Is there another name I could use for this type of gathering, since it isn't really about the cocktails?

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  1. Well what kind of party are you planning?

    1. Maybe Tapas? If your planning a bunch of appetizer/tapa type food?

      1. Cocktails are back and are very much in vogue. Go ahead and call it a cocktail party and have fun.

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        1. re: KTinNYC

          Just as long as what you're serving is actually a cocktail and not some crazy concoction that doesn't involve bitters (e.g. your typical "appletini", "raspberry mojito" and other ridiculousness)

          1. re: jgg13

            The notion that a cocktail requires bitters went out before WWII. A martini is considered by even the staunchest purists to be a cocktail, and most if not all modern recipes omit bitters from martinis.

            Now sticking the noble name of a martini on some froofy fruity thing served in a cocktail glass is a whole 'nother matter. Call it what you will--cocktail or otherwise--but don't call it a martini.

            1. re: alanbarnes

              Yet bitters *are* involved in various martini recipes. Plus, modern recipes use an absurdly low amount of vermouth (not to mention the side effect that most bartenders make any vermouth-using drink too light on the vermouth now). While I don't know which type of "cocktail" KTinNYC is talking about, classic cocktail recipes are also making a definite comeback.

              I'm with you on the second paragraph.

              Call it a "mixed drink party" if that's the sort of thing you're doing.

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          1. If it's mainly about the food and not the alcohol, why not something to describe the type of food?