5 Business-Themed Cocktails To Sweeten Your Entrepreneurial Journey
With the holiday season upon us, let’s talk about celebratory cocktails. Sharing some festive spirit (pun absolutely intended) along the way.
As hardworking entrepreneurs, we should take a moment and reflect on our achievements throughout the year. No matter how big or small. Let’s recognize the successes, triumphs, and tribulations we’ve encountered throughout the year. The festivities of this time of the year are perfect for this. When the end of the working year coincides with a celebratory and reflective season.
You won’t be doing yourself (or your loved ones) any favors entering the new year, overworked and stressed. So don’t feel guilty for taking little breaks along the way. In fact, feeling recharged and rejuvenated is crucial to the success of your enterprise.
Celebrating your business every sip of the way
So, in the true spirit of the season, let’s talk about spirits. In the cocktail sense of the word, rather than the paranormal one.
The wonderful world of cocktails produces a bevy of classic beverages. With enough variety to satisfy even the staunchest critic.
Everyone has their own personal favorite. Cocktails are true all-rounder drinks that can be enjoyed for any number of occasions.
A complimentary amalgamation of spirits and fresh fruit juices expertly garnished by an artistic professional.
As an entrepreneur, have you ever thought about how a particular cocktail could be celebrated as a milestone event in your business?
Let’s do just that.
Here are my five favorite cocktails, each with an accompanying business milestone to celebrate. But do you really need a reason?
I’ll give the basic ingredients for each one, without exact measurements and methods of preparation. (It avoids being ripped to shreds by professional cocktail bartenders worldwide!)
The Scofflaw. It’s 1920’s America. Prohibition times. The ban on booze. Drinkers disregard the law and convene in underground taverns. A secret knock gains you entry. A smoky environment to enjoy your favorite bootlegged tipple.
In crowded speakeasies across the country, drinkers thumbed their noses at the law. A term was coined for them – Scofflaws. They were those disreputable rascals who ignored Prohibition’s ban on drinking. A Paris bartender drew inspiration from this and decided to create a cocktail in their honor.
The Scofflaw Rye whiskey, dry vermouth, lime, grenadine, orange bitters.
How to celebrate the business deal with a Scofflaw? Sitting and enjoying it with your lawyer would be an excellent start. Unfortunately, the cocktail’s name derived from those that rejected the law, so extra due diligence is needed here.
Due diligence applies to any entrepreneurial scenario. Whether acquiring a company or considering angel investment in a venture, it’s always best practice to take that deep informational dive.
Having a solid knowledge of what you’re getting involved in – or with, will help prepare you for that inevitable situation when something unprepared pops up. The crazy world of entrepreneurship has so many unforeseen variants—an ever-evolving and constantly shifting landscape. As a result, decisions and actions can have ripple effects that benefit or hamper your efforts.
Practicing professional due diligence in every aspect of your business will turn that scofflaw into the scofflawless. A flawless endeavor where you can sit back, sip your cocktail and celebrate your win.
Safe in the knowledge that you’ve prepared your business as well as you possibly can for any unforeseen events.
In today’s business environment, sustainability is critical. Green is the new black. Entrepreneurs are more socially conscious than ever.
The days when corporations greedily gobbled up fossil fuels to propel their innovations are over. There is a real emphasis on the preservation of the planet now.
You can see it in supply chains throughout the world in the widest range of industries. From environmentally friendly building supplies and clean energy to recycled plastic for clothing and sustainable cotton.
Considering this movement, I gave the Paper airplane cocktail an environmentally appropriate twist, naming it the Paperless Airplane.
The cocktail itself– amaro (preferably nonino), Aperol, bourbon, fresh lemon juice, was created by a bartender in a New York City cocktail bar. Somewhere I’m a little familiar with. The city, not the cocktail bar.
Yeah, okay, the city and the cocktail bar.
In 2007 he came up with it while listening to a popular song of the same name.
You can enjoy the Paperless Airplane guilt-free, as it has environmental consciousness practically displayed on its glass. It’s symbolic of your entrepreneurial efforts to create sustainability.
By making green decisions in the application or delivery of your product or service, you educate others. As a result, you are encouraging a more sustained existence with your business, as well as encouraging fellow entrepreneurs to follow suit. And that’s not a bad thing.
So go ahead this festive season, celebrate your eco-business by flying the paperless airplane.
Need funding? Enter the Hemingway daiquiri, or rather the Deckquiri. The perfect cocktail to complement your investment pitch deck. This would be advisable to enjoy following your investment presentation to potential investors for obvious reasons.
The daiquiri was named after the famous writer who embraced cocktail culture around the world. However, at the El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, the legend was born. The drink, not the writer.
Whether the cocktail consisting of white rum, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and grapefruit juice stirred up his creative process is up for debate. What is known is that he was an enthusiastic supporter of them.
If you, as the entrepreneur, have finely tuned your pitch deck and it is concise, informative, and enticing, it could be a tantalizing proposition for investors. It should convince investors that your company has enormous growth potential, and you just need their investment for the required resources to scale.
Congratulations on your pitch deck! Now enjoy the fruits of your labor. Just don’t imbibe as many as ol’ Ernest did.
How about an Italian cocktail that offers a 10x boost? A Negroni that keeps on growing. Fantastical and farfetched? Let’s place the cocktail in a business setting with NeGrowth Opportunities.
You’re having a business dinner in a fine Italian restaurant with a potential client and suggest the classic cocktail as an aperitif before the meal. A Negroni – gin, vermouth Rosso, Campari, with orange peel garnish, offers a sophisticated segue to your business discussion. Your client’s business can gain a 10x revenue boost; it just needs a directional marketing plan that fits their needs—tailored, concise and actionable. Not through a high-priced agency that sees the latest video-based marketing platform and says – do that.
With Negroni in hand, you’ve analyzed a client’s growth opportunities and laid out how their data can reveal those actionable insights they may have missed. You’ve given them a step-by-step marketing playbook in bite-sized chunks. And all before dinner arrives.
Growth opportunities for business exist everywhere. They just have to be strategically uncovered.
8-Figure Exit StrateGIN
Gin and tonic. G&T.
3 or the rule of 3, may be considered the magic number in life, but in the entrepreneurial world, it’s eight.
Many entrepreneurs create their company in their quest for the 8 – figure exit. What better cocktail to strategize and plan an 8 -figure exit than with a G&T. Or its business counterpart –
The 8 -Figure Exit Strategin. A classic gin and tonic garnished with some extra success. A simple and refreshing cocktail.
When planning the scalability of a business toward its exit strategy, a simple yet sophisticated and refreshing outlook can be a good mindset to have.
Our guests this year on Beyond 8 Figures podcast have shown us it can be done. So yes, it’s a quest, but it certainly doesn’t have to be a mythical one.
What a year it’s been!
As we enter the festive season, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank our incredible listeners and every guest who appeared on the Beyond 8 Figures podcast.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience this year and learned a great deal. It has been a fascinating journey: listening to all the entrepreneurs who have sat in the front seat of the roller-coaster and gone on these incredible journeys. It’s never straightforward! How else do we learn in our businesses though? Roadblocks and failures have to be looked at through the prism of eventual success. We must keep moving forward, embracing growth opportunities, and avoiding stagnation.
Even the incremental gains must be celebrated. It may seem like progress is crawling at a snail’s pace, but most importantly, it is still moving forward. So be in that appreciative moment. As the small wins all eventually lead to that bigger overall goal.
I hope you all have a happy festive season with your loved ones and a wonderful New Year.
Now I’m off to enjoy one of the cocktails mentioned above.