Have you ever found yourself playing bartender at your own party or blowing your budget trying to set up a full bar because you weren’t sure what everyone would want to drink? This year, offer your guests a single signature cocktail to accompany a few basics such as beer, wine, eggnog, and champagne. Offer an array of seasonal fruits and sweets such as apples, oranges, cranberries, crushed cookies, cinnamon sticks, and candy canes to mix up multiple variations of all of your offerings, including your special concoction. Be sure to also offer at least one non-alcoholic option such as hot chocolate for guests who don’t imbibe or are driving. Whether you think a refreshing cocktail, dessert martini, seasonal punch, or hot cider is the best fit for your festive gathering, we have a few recipes to help you add sparkle to your event.
Pomegranate Gin Fizz
2 oz gin
1 splash fresh lemon juice
2 splashes pomegranate juice
Club soda, chilled
Mix gin, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously then pour liquid and ice into glass. Top mix with club soda, stir gently, and add garnish.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
1/2 oz vanilla flavored vodka
1 oz pumpkin spice flavored liqueur
1/2 oz coffee flavored liqueur
1/2 oz butterscotch flavored liqueur
1/2 oz half and half
Wet rim of large martini glass and then dip wetted rim into crushed graham crackers. Add all liquids to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain mix into graham cracker rimmed martini glass.
1 ounce vanilla flavored vodka
1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 ounces milk
1/2 ounce chocolate syrup
Wet rim of large martini glass and then dip wetted rim into crushed chocolate cookies. Add all liquids to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain mix into chocolate cookie rimmed martini glass.
Sweet Seasonal Punch
5 cups chilled orange juice
2 cups chilled lemon-lime soft drink
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Ladle punch into glasses containing a few cherries.
White Cranberry Citrus Punch
1 bottle chilled sparkling wine
1 bottle chilled Riesling
1 1/2 cups chilled light white cranberry juice
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 thinly sliced orange
Combine wines and juice in a large punch bowl. Add orange slices and cranberries. Ladle punch into glasses and garnish.
Warm Spiked Apple Cider
6 cups apple cider
4 cups apple brandy
3 cups fresh lemon juice
6 tbs pure maple syrup
Add ingredients to slow cooker on low 2-3 hours before serving. Switch setting to warm once liquid has fully heated.These tried and true recipes are sure to be a successful addition to any party you are hosting this holiday season. If you prefer to leave all drink making to the professionals, come to your nearby Buca di Beppo and let our experienced bartenders treat you to one of their specialties.