It’s that time of the year again when friends and family come together to share in the spirit of the holiday season.
To some, hosting parties and get-togethers can be very stressful and time-consuming. We often find ourselves paying so much attention to the food that we neglect the beverage component, and we end up at the liquor store purchasing a little bit of everything to have all the bases — and palates — covered.
As hosts, we typically want to showcase ourselves and have it be known that we can throw a great party. As a bartender, you can’t have a great party without a great cocktail — I suggest investing in quality ingredients just as you would with your food.
Here are a few festive cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to have everyone at your party hoisting a cup of good cheer for auld lang syne.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Double strain to a chilled coupe glass. For a more advanced version, sprinkle with sugar and carefully use a blowtorch to crème brûlée the top layer. Always use caution when working with an open flame.
Dust with cinnamon and garnish with an apple ‘fan’.
Serves 24 (5 oz glasses)
Combine the rum, cognac, cranberry juice, lemon juice, honey syrup and Dry Curacao in a punch bowl and chill in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours. When ready to serve, add apple slices, cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Top with sparkling wine and sparkling water and stir. Place ice block gently into punch bowl and serve using a ladle.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring continuously. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain solids and discard. Bottle syrup until ready to use.
In a pre-heated latte cup add all ingredients and garnish with a clove spiked lemon wedge.