Finding festive, fun and delicious cocktails isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sure you could put out some cranberry cocktail and a bottle of vodka but what fun is that? So here we’ve pulled together an eclectic mix of resources when you’re looking to create a drink list.
Our Tip: Find one signature concoction that matches your mood and the menu and put out the ingredients for that—if you can pre-mix that’s great but not always an option.
MySideOfTheBar- Holiday Cocktails 2011: We particularly liked the Cran-Pear Bellini because it could be pre-made but they all sound amazing, especially the Eggnog Martini.
SELF.com- Cocktails That Leave Room For Dessert: Ok, we know what you’re thinking…will they sound appetizing? YES! How does a Peppermint Cosmo , Ginger Champagne Cocktail and a Skinny Peppermint Mojito sound? You don’t even need to tell your guests they are low-cal.
O La La- If champagne is your thing, Epicurious has all you need to know. Everything from delightful champagne cocktails to tips on ingredients and pairings.
Sip Like a Celebrity (chef)- Do you want to mix what Giada, Bobby, Paula, Alton, Ina and Guy are serving up this holiday season? Then head to Food Network you must.
What To Stock- ParentingSquad has a very comprehensive guide to stocking your holiday bar (and has some groovy cocktails too). They even include a checklist that’s sure to come in handy.
Tools You Need- In case you don’t have tools like a shaker, a jigger, spoons and proper bottle openers here are some options:
- The Bottles Up Bartender Kit ($19.95 on Amazon.com)
- Pro Bartender Cocktail Mixing Set ($29.95 on Amazon.com)
- WMF 7-Piece Stainless-Steel Bar Set ($95.90 on Amazon.com) featured post image above
- MIU France Zinc Zinc Alloy Connoisseur Corkscrew Wine Opener ($20.00 on Amazon.com)
- Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Tool Kit ($53.55 on Amazon.com) image right