Signature Drinks Add the Finishing Touch to a Holiday Party

The key to planning a great party is attention to detail.  Choose your theme, décor, and a menu that fit the occasion.  Whether you are hosting a cocktail party, brunch, or holiday dinner, choosing the drinks is just as important as your food choices.  Keep it simple, yet sophisticated by serving a signature drink that compliments the theme of the party.  These delicious drinks are impressive, yet simple to make, allowing you more time to spend socializing with your guests.

Champagne with Cranberries (Makes 1 serving)

6 dried cranberries

¾ cup Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Place cranberries in the bottom of a Champagne flute and pour your favorite Champagne over the berries.  Serve immediately.

Sour Apple Martini (Makes 4 servings)

4 thinly sliced Granny Smith apple wedges

Cinnamon sugar

¾ cup of vodka

¾ cup sour apple Schnapps

Crushed ice cubes

Rub the rims of the chilled martini glasses with the apple slices. Pour cinnamon sugar into a saucer and spin the rim of each glass in the cinnamon sugar. Place one apple slice on the rim of each glass.

Stir together the vodka and Schnapps.  Fill the cocktail shaker halfway full of ice.  Add half the vodka mixture, cover with lid, and shake 10 seconds or until chilled. Strain into chilled martini glasses and repeat with the remaining vodka mixture.  Serve immediately.

Poinsettia Gimlet (Makes 9 cups)

1 (12-oz.) bottle sweetened lime juice

1 cup gin

½ cup pomegranate juice

¼ cup fresh lime juice

4 (12-oz.) cans lemon-lime soft drink, chilled

Stir the first four ingredients together in a large pitcher and chill for two hours.  Stir in the lemon-lime soft drinks and serve over ice in chilled rocks glasses.

 

A well-crafted cocktail served in your finest barware makes for a memorable party. Personalized glasses and barware from Bar & Bistro can add a unique conversation piece to your social events during the holidays and throughout the year.

 

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