26. Learn how to make a killer cocktail and always have the ingredients on hand.


Admittedly, I still haven’t mastered this one. I don’t even own a shaker. A friend of mine uses plastic wrap and a bowl to mix???????????????????????????????????????? her martinis. I think a cocktail shaker is like $5 at IKEA. I really should go get one of those. Because then I’d be well on my way to making my killer cocktail. Which would probably be a dirty martini or Cosmo. Actually, I already have vodka. Now if I just had some vermouth, cranberry juice and lots of jumbo green olives, we could really get this party started. I guess my point is, beer and wine are fine, but some occasions call for something special. Like the first time he picks you up at your place. Having a signature libation can showcase your creativity and sophistication. Not to mention that it makes you kind of cool. Do you know what your killer cocktail would be?

Word to the wise: Bring some retro into your life. Take a cue from the TV show “Mad Men” and spruce up your cocktail repertoire. Once you’ve picked your potion, test it on yourself. Even if it’s on a night where it’s just you, your jammies and Netflix, you’ll feel fabulous.

Here’s a recipe I’d like to try: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sour-apple-martini-10000000434061/

Know how to make one great drink? What’s your recipe? Note: If I’m lucky enough to get a book deal, your comments may be published anonymously in “Wise Before 25, 50 Things Young Women Need to Know.”



About Eva Finn

Eva Finn is an award-winning marketing copywriter, advertising instructor and life expert. She started the blog, Wise Before 25 so young women can avoid making the same mistakes she did. This blog will become a book of the same title, which will include contributions from readers. She was also published in a book about the subject of hair– the good, bad and the ugly – called, fittingly enough, Hair Pieces, by the Cary Tennis Workshop. As a copywriter for more than 20 years, she has written ads, brochures, direct mail, radio and television for clients that included In-N-Out Burger, Bank of America, Toyota and Ingram Micro. Eva has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education. She has taught advertising classes at The Art Institute of California-Orange County and California State University, Fullerton. And she has had plenty of hard knocks from the school of life.

8 responses »

  1. My signature drink is a White Russian. A perfect drink after a long day of work, while chatting at the dinner table after dinner.

    White Russian
    1 1/2 oz of vodka
    3/4 oz of Kahlua coffee liquor
    3/4 oz of half n half ( cream or milk)

    Get a glass, fill the cup with the desired amount of ice.
    Pour in vodka, Kahlua, and half and half.
    Get a straw (or spoon) and stir.
    TIP: If you shake it up with a shaker, the White Russian turns into a Dirty Bird. 😉

  2. I don’t have a signature cocktail, but whenever I go to a daytime party, picnic, or get-together I bring white wine sangria… with a kick! I always use a dry white wine, citrus, apple or pear and whatever fruit is in season, then a splash of vodka and Grand Marnier. Pour into a glass (or plastic cup depending on the occasion) with ice and top off with tonic water. Yummy and refreshing!

  3. Haha! And I would be that friend that uses Saran wrap on top of a plastic glass. Yes, I suppose I need to mosy on down to Ikea, lol. One of these weekends… One of these weekends…

    • Hey, even I have a shaker now. Granted, I didn’t buy it – it was a gift from my stepmom for Xmas. And she also bought me the vodka and vermouth. But I did just go and get (on my own!) some caramel vodka and caramel Baileys. I wonder what kind of interesting martini concoction those would make. I really liked that caramel martini at Olive Garden. Maybe they’ll give me the recipe…Now go get a shaker! 🙂

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