Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Concocting Seasonal Spirits

As the season of cocktail parties, intimate get-togethers, and quick drinks with friends kicks into high gear, have your toasts ready as you prepare for the upcoming holiday season. While champagne and sparkling punches are go-to favorites, here are some cocktail suggestions that play on the season and will impress your guests.

During this time of year, certain aromas immediately stir a memory or bring you back to a certain moment in time. Chestnuts roasting on a street corner instantly brings me to chilling winter evenings, willing myself to stay warm. As you plan your party, seek inspiration from these scents and flavors. Offer guests a Gingerbread Martini that will be a treat to their taste buds. Instead of the traditional salt around the rim, dip the glass in crush gingersnaps for both a textural kick and a whimsical element. For the peppermint lovers, have them indulge in a Peppermint Frost. This grown up version of a candy cane will take the chill off your guests as they settle in for an evening of celebrating.

If you want more playful compliments, consider serving a Mistletoe Martini, which blends together chilled cranberry tea, orange and lemon juices, and vodka. Or make sure that you only have one Grinch at the party when you serve this Midori based cocktail. Your guests’ hearts will grow in size once you add a maraschino cherry garnish.

Make sure to have at least one refreshing, non-alcoholic drink available on hand for guests. Martha Stewart recommends “Cherry Bombs”. This combination of grenadine, seltzer, and maraschino cherries captures the bright and vibrant colors of the holidays while providing a sweet note to your festivities.

Though the next few weeks can be hectic and busy, we hope that you are able to savor time spent with friends and family. Best of luck with your social calendar and cheers!

By Meredith Vachon

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