Let’s face it, the economy is not exactly on fire and your pocket book probably isn’t either. So does that mean you’ve got nothing to be joyous about? Of course not! Here are some tips on how to be thrifty AND fabulous this holiday season with tricked out “Cool Cocktails” that will steal your guests’ attention. This way no one will notice you’re not spending a fortune on other stuff!
* Pick 2 signature drinks. Instead of just serving beer and wine, create 2 fabulous signature cocktails without the cost of supplying the “full” bar. Try these two tasty recipes and get your guests oohing and ahhing with delight:
- Frozen Holiday Eggnog – Blend one cup of Eggnog with a 1/2 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream. Top with grated nutmeg for a tasty Holiday treat. Serve in a frosted beer mug to keep cold and creamy. (Use low-fat or non-fat alternatives if your guests are watching their waistlines!)
- Spiked Cider – Kick your boring cider up a notch and serve with a little Tequila! Mix 1.5 oz of 100% Agave Tequila, 1.5oz fresh-squeezed Apple Cider, 5oz Sparkling Water, .25oz fresh lemon juice, 5oz Agave Nectar or Cane Sugar Simple Syrup and finish of with a dash of ground Cinnamon. Serve up in a martini glass and garnish with an apple wedge or even a cinnamon stick!
* Dress-up your delivery. Premake those signature drinks and display them in cool containers with spouts for easy pouring. Even simple agua fresca containers can do the trick. You can use a fish bowl and substitute real fish for colorful Swedish Fish and serve with Sangria!
* Glassology. Colored, frosted or neon! Try some different glassware options to serve your drinks: mason jars, mint julep cups, martinis, highball or double old fashioned glasses to encourage your guests to try new recipes you’ve created.
* Sugar those rims. Add your personal touch with sweet and salty garnishes. Try cinnamon, cocoa, or colored sugar to enhance the taste.
* Fun floats. Surprise your guests with something sweet at the end of their sip like floating candy, fruit slices, cherries, almonds or raisins. Keeping with the holiday theme, try to incorporate traditional candy canes or peppermint to remind them of the cool but cozy feeling of winter.