"I bought two packs of these specifically with one card game in mind. I host a number of cocktail parties and decided that these would be ideal to play "Old Maid", but I think I will call it "Hold Made", as the person left holding the unmatched card has to drink a cocktail ;) viz.,
Shuffle both packs, and remove one, without anybody seeing what the recipe on it is. Deal the all the cards out to the players; if some end up with more than others it does not matter.
Each player then pairs off any matching cards they have in their hand and places the matched pairs into the middle of the table.
One player is nominated to start, by taking a card from the player on their right. The nominated player should be one who has fewer cards than the others. If the card they take matches one in their hand they place the matched pair in the middle, if not, they keep it in their hand. The person on their left then takes a card from them and so on.
Eventually all the cards except one will be paired off. The person who ends up with the unmatched card must drink a cocktail made from the recipe that is on the back of the remaining card: Its partner should obviously be the one that was removed at the start of the game.
To make a quicker game, rather than using both full packs they can be paired off into two packs of duplicated cards, so that only one of the revised packs need be used.
Even if the cards are not used to actually play games, they are a cheap and compact way of having cocktail recipes at your fingertips."
Vyv Wiltshire - Bristol, 7th August