Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Getting ready for a Holiday Party - Cocktails

It's always great to have a well-stocked bar for when friends come over.  But for a party, I like to keep it simple. 

I usually include:
a few bottles of Presecco or Cava
great bottle of gin (I prefer Hendrick's) 
good bottle of vodka
plenty of tonic (and maybe even a bottle of diet tonic too)
sodas - coke, diet coke & either ginger ale or sprite
at least one juice to mix (usually cranberry)
I like to always have a bottle of St-Germain on hand too.
photo from the late, great Domino Magazine
As I was trying to decide what drink to serve at this year's holiday party, I studied each of these recipes below, not being able to decide which I should serve.
In the end, I went with a very, very, very simple idea that was an absolute hit.  I served Presecco with a little pomegranate juice and garnished with pomegranate seeds. It was beautiful, festive and SO easy.  I had a bottle of St-Germain for people to make the drink a bit sweeter if they wished.
Let me know what you decide to serve!

The Vieux Mot
From the lovely Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper Blog

The Vieux Mot
1 oz Gin
1 oz St-Germain
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Cointreau
1. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake for about 20 seconds.  
2. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry, and enjoy!

Champagne Cocktail 

From Sweet Paul online magazine   if you have not seen this magazine - make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, set aside 30 minutes and let yourself get lost in his dreamy magazine.
Sweet Paul's Champagne Cocktail
For 1 Glass:
3 oz of champagne 
1/3 oz of cognac 
2 dashes of Angostura bitters 
1 sugar cube 

1.) Soak sugar cube in champagne flute with angostura bitters 
2.) Add champagne and cognac 
3.) Garnish with a sprig of currents

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail 

from zested blog 

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
1. Fill a tumbler with ice. 
2. Fill three-quarters of the glass with dry champagne or prosecco. 
3. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint. 
4. Top off with St-Germain.

Kumquat-Champagne Cocktails 
Kumquat-Champagne Cocktails
makes 1 dozen drinks
2 pints kumquats, pricked a few times with a pin
  • Cold water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 bottles chilled Champagne
  • Tangerine wedges, for garnish

  • 1. Place kumquats in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Drain immediately. Repeat twice.
  • 2. Add sugar and 2 cups water to drained kumquats in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately, and let kumquats and syrup cool completely.
  • 3. Spoon 3 kumquats and 1 tablespoon syrup into each of 12 Champagne glasses. 
  • 4. Top off with Champagne, and garnish with tangerine wedges.

Cranberry Cosmopolitans 
Cranberry Cosmopolitans
makes 10 drinks
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 5 ounces Cointreau
  • 10 ounces cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish

  • 1. Fill a large pitcher with ice. 
  • 2. Pour in all ingredients except cranberries; stir vigorously. 
  • 3. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. 
  • 4. Garnish with berries.


from Giada De Laurentiis


1 1/2 cups Prosecco, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • 1. Combine the Prosecco, orange juice, and pomegranate juice 
  • 2. Pour into 4 Champagne glasses. 
  • 3. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.


PamelaArtsinSF said...

OK....and WHY wasn't I at this party????? Oh yeah...I am 3000 miles away....but I would have come...I like Hendricks Gin too and I have got to get a bottle of St Germain.....happy holidays....

stephrudolph said...

Pamela, you are always invited. Any time you're ready to make the journey, there will be a cocktail waiting for you.

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