It’s about to go down at the Barclays Center as some of music’s biggest stars head over the bridge for the MTV Video Music Awards. If you can’t sneak onto the red carpet or don’t want to deal with the traffic that’s sure to flood the borough, you can easily host a viewing party with cocktails customized for the night’s nominees. Gather your friends, get your VMA pools in gear, and sip a few of these luscious libations:
The New Fashion, inspired by “Suit & Tie” | Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
1 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
3 slices of a blood orange
Muddle 2 blood orange slices and a few Luxardo Cherries together with one dash of orange bitters. Add the Maker’s Mark Bourbon and top off with club soda. Drop in the blood orange slice for garnish.
Love Potion, inspired by “Need Your Love” | Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
1 oz. Portón pisco
½ oz. St. Germain
2 oz. champagne
Raspberry or orange peel
Combine all ingredients except champagne into a shaker. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top off with champagne. Garnish with orange peel or raspberry.
El Momento, inspired by “Feel This Moment” | Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
2 oz. Tres Agaves Silver
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
Pinch of salt
3 oz. grapefruit soda
Fill a highball glass with ice and add the tequila. Mix in the grapefruit soda and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Blurry Maria, inspired by “Blurred Lines” | Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams
2 oz. Cruz Tequila Silver
1 tsp. horseradish
5 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 limes, squeezed
2 lemons, squeezed
5 oz. tomato juice
Celery salt and pepper to taste
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over ice. Garnish with lemon, lime, olive, and celery.
The Song of Summer, inspired by “We Can’t Stop” | Miley Cyrus
2 oz. SKYY Vodka
1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz. Crème de Violette
½ oz. Elderflower liqueur
½ oz. simple syrup
2 oz. soda water
Shake all ingredients except soda water and strain over ice. Top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel.