Why do bartenders dread holiday parties? Because if you're skilled with jiggers and shakers, any smart host is going to put you to work. This is what happened to Chaim Dauermann, the head bartender of NYC’s The Up & Up, until he devised a strategy. Now he arrives at parties with a premade batch of cocktails in a repurposed wine bottle, all chilled down and ready to go. It's a brilliant solution: The partygoers get great drinks, and he gets to be a mixology MVP without putting in unpaid overtime.
His portable party saver is the inspiration for a whole section of The Up & Up's cocktail menu. Dauermann offers three large-format bottled cocktails, including a martini, which he serves tableside in a bucket of ice with chilled coupes and lemon twists. Here, GIF-by-GIF instructions for mixing your own bottle of make-ahead martini.
The Carlson Martini
Recipe from Laura Carlson, Cocktail Queen at Contra