Why not shake up your next holiday gathering with something a little different? Thanks to the popularity of retro-themed TV shows, the cocktail hour is making a comeback. Once a ubiquitous entertainment wasteland of bland drinks, boring food, and stilted conversations, today’s cocktail parties call up thoughts of a more elegant era with signature drinks and modern, organic twists on classic fare.
Invite a small group of friends to put on their sparkly, holiday best, cue up some classic tunes, set out a buffet of bite-size nibbles and step behind the bar to shake up one of our cool holiday inspired retro-inspired cocktails.
Set the mood with classic jazz and lots of candlelight, put your hors d’oeuvres out on pretty trays and serving plates, provide plenty of cocktail-size napkins and don’t forget the bar. Outfit your bar with a classic cocktail shaker, lots of glassware and a big ice bucket. Keep things on the sustainable side by choosing eco-friendly glasses and equipment and going local and organic for your food items. As the host, you can stay behind the bar all night or print up attractive cards with the instructions for these simple cocktails and encourage your guests to take a turn at the shaker.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce butterscotch schnapps
- 1/4 ounce maple syrup
- 1 ounce half and half
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
- 2 ounces strawberry vodka
- 4 dashes white crème de menthe
- 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into martini glasses rimmed with finely crushed candy canes. Garnish with a mini candy cane on the side of the glass.
- 1 1/2 ounces limoncello liqueur
- 2/4 ounce orange-flavored vodka
- 1 ounce lime juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a twist of citrus zest.
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge
- 1/2 ounce sweet red vermouth
- Dash peach bitters
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with dried cherries – added bonus if you’ve first soaked the cherries in Dubonnet.