Nov 16, 2010

Holiday Spirit with Signature Drinks

Photo: Food & Wine Magazine
Need some inspiration to make your Holiday Party filled with Christmas Spirits?  Look no further than the classic cocktail. 

Food and Wine Magazine has a great guide to classic and not-so-classic cocktails.  Use it as inspiration for your next Holiday party or your Wedding.  A fun way to add pizazz to your Wedding or event is to supply a signature cocktail.

This can be based on the colors of your Event or Wedding or your Theme.  You can even take a classic drink and re-name it based on your theme.

Need some Fall Inspiration? Check out this Sparkling Pomegranate Punch recipe from Food and Wine.

The Flavors of Fall

The fall brings us some fantastic flavors and ingredients.  Some of your favorite childhood flavors are what make up the best drinks for the holidays.

Experiment with all the colors, textures and scents the fall and winter months bring to create a cocktail that is uniquely your own.

Play with ingredients like Eggnog, Apple Cider and Pomegranate Juice. Experiment with familiar cozy scents like Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Remember balance is key when making your perfect concoction.  Balance flavors like tart and sweet.  Get the Tart from things like cranberries and sweet from things like cider or pomegranate.

Garnish can be just as fun to add and give guests an idea of what's in the drink.  Tossing some Cranberries, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks or even a wedge of lemon can make your drink look professional and festive.

If your traditional iced drink is not what you're in the mood for, heat it up with some spices and your stovetop or crockpot.  Spiced (and spiked) Apple Cider is always a big hit and tastes like  fall in a cup.  Don't forget your mulling spices for the full effect.

For extra fun, name your drink a festive or cute name for your theme. 

Some Holiday Drink Name ideas are:
Santa's Helper
Rudolph Punch
Christmas in July (something tropical?)
Tis' the Season cider

Some Wedding Drink Name Ideas are:
Spiced Love
Sweetheart Cider
Cozy Cocktail
Pomegranate Passion


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