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Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Party Drinks

Settling on drinks is always the first step when deciding to throw a party for friends. Snicketie’s or snacks are easy to accomplish. Many people have food favorites that he or she was raised on at home or from attending many events. Obtaining recipes from others at various times of the year happens regularly. Drinks are another story and libations are very difficult to accomplish if the server is a novice. This is a good reason to decide on drinks first.  Many friends have an individual drink that he or she enjoys, and as a host one should provide a selection of drinks for friends to choose from.  A structured drink menu sitting by the bar can make the evening fun. The following drinks are staples at any party and can be enjoyed by all.

The Ruby Martini
2 oz Vodka; Absolute, Belvedere, or Grey Goose are the best
1 oz fresh or bottled Pomegranate Juice
½ oz Orange juice or Margarita Mix in the bottle

Pour the ingredients over a ¾ full shaker of ice
Cover and shake until frothy inside and frosty on the outside.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of orange, lemon, or stemmed cherry.
This drink is a brilliant red and the flavor is just as sparkling as the name.

The Magic Mojito
10 clean mint leaves              3 oz soda water                       Metal Spoon/silverware
1 lime, juiced                          1 sugar cube
 ½ Lemon, juiced                     1 ½ oz Absente or Absinthe Liqueur

Muddle together mint, lime, and lemon in a large shaker half way filled with crushed Ice
Add 3 oz of soda water and set aside
In a 12 oz glass goblet fill half way with ice and balance spoon over rim of goblet
Place sugar cube in the center and slowly pour absente over cube. Carefully light sugar cube with a lighter or use long matches for safety purposes.
Pour muddled juice over the spoon and drop the cube into the glass, stir and enjoy
With safety, watch the magic with this drink.

Caribbean Christmas
Crushed ice                       2 oz Pineapple Juice                  Assorted fruits for Garnish
1 oz Chambord                  1 oz Midori                         
1 spoon                              2 oz Cranberry Juice

Fill half of a tall glass with crushed ice
Pour the Chambord into a tall glass
Place the spoon with concave side up against the side of the glass right above the ice
The spoon is used to slow the ingredients as you slowly pour to create a layered appearance in the glass. Pour each ingredient over the spoon slowly as listed.
Garnish with assorted fruit and enjoy the sunset.
This is a beautiful drink that is just as amazing to look at as it is to drink. It is very important to pour all the ingredients in order as listed in the recipe, (Pineapple Juice, Midori, and Cranberry Juice).

The White Nutcracker
4 oz Kahlua
2 oz Vanilla vodka, Absolute
Add milk or cream to fill your glass

Mix or shake, and then pour over ice in a glass tumbler
Try this recipe with vanilla or raspberry vodka
Make a Skinny Nutcracker with skim, rice or soy milk.
Both flavors are delicious, be careful, they can sneak up on you.

The Rat King
I can red bull
4 oz Kahlua
2 ½ oz tequila
Mix or shake, and then pour over ice in a glass tumbler
This is also delicious but very strong

Hot buttered Rum Drink
1 tablespoon soft butter
1 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp Vanilla extract
Spices to taste: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice
2 oz dark rum
Hot water
Whipped cream (optional)

Place the butter, sugar, and spices at the bottom of a tall mug (Irish coffee glass)
Mix well or muddle until a paste is formed.
Pour in the rum
Fill with hot water to the top of the glass
Stir gently, and then top with whipped cream if desired

A host can never go wrong with a variety of mixed drinks, but not every guest enjoys a mixed cocktail. There is a select few that would prefer just a beer. If this is the case, make sure to have a nice selection for those that are not as adventurous but still deserve a quality beverage.  A nice selection of Seasonal Samuel Adams, Indian Pale Ales (IPA’s), or local micro brews can make a festive offering.

Last, don’t forget the designated drivers or non-drinkers that will put up with the other guests. The host should have bottled water, clear soda pop, ginger ale, cranberry juice, orange juice, coffee, Blue Gatorade, or any other ingredient that the host can pour and garnish. This is a great way to make all guests feel like he or she is participating without the peer pressure.  

Happy Holidays

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