Some people instantly upgrade to a holiday potluck by asking friends to bring their favorite holiday cocktail instead of food. Candy cane martinis, eggnog, and spiked coco; just be ready for a very rowdy round of carols towards the end of the night. A holiday party wouldn’t be complete without some spirits to help get you in the spirit. Stock your bar with just a few staple items that could be used for different cocktails. A great Christmas cocktail should be something that’s easy to make so it doesn’t take you too long. Something like a warm drink, you can put it in a slow cooker, you can put it in a pot and let it simmer ahead of time, fill your room with the (smell) and then it’s really easy to pour out.”Here’s a recipe provided for a great toasty cocktail that will warm you up, along with your guests. Oh, and you should probably actually have some food there as well.

  1. 6 x355 mL bottles of Angry Orchard Hard Crisp Cider
  2. 375 mL Canadian Club Chairman Select 100% Rye Whisky
  3. 4 cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  5. 3 oz. maple syrup

Heat all the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For those who want a virgin drink, mix up apple juice, ginger ale and cinnamon. Why should adults have all the cocktail fun? Candy Cane Fritzers are fancy holiday drinks with no alcohol that kids will love. And it’s not too sweet. The flavor and color comes from pomegranate juice; the canes are just for garnish.

  1. 32 oz 100% pomegranate juice
  2. 2 cups sugar or 1 cup Domino Blend (half the calories of sugar) or 3-4 tablespoons Stevia (zero calories)
  3. 2 – 8 oz cans Lime LaCroix Sparkling Water (Orange and Cran-Raspberry are great too)
  4. 8 Candy Canes (sugar free is optional)
  5. Ice

10 helpful Tips to make your Holiday Party simply Delicious

Tip #1: Make freezer-friendly appys. Tip #2: Freeze your cookie dough and make fresh cookies. Tip #3: The perfect ham is perfectly simple. Tip #4: Whip up easy dips for veggies and chips. Tip #5: Feed a crowd with hearty soups and stews. Tip #6 Potato Skins are delicious. Tip #7 meat and cheese trays. Tip #8 Nuts; they are not just for the Sober Squirrel. Tip #9 Pumpkin Pie is sure to please Tip#10 lots of mix for drinks.

Do something that will wow your guests and leave them talking, by either using a unique ingredient or technique.

Make sure your guests have a safe alternative home

Have Taxi phone numbers on hand and have your address posted above your home phone or bulletin board with it. Have Designated Driver business cards on the main serving table and on bulletin board or another visible area. Ask your guests how they are getting home and don’t be shy about it. Insuring your guests have a safe ride home makes you a responsible host and asking friends that are drinking to hand over there keys please shows them that you are concerned for their safety. Have a safe and fun holiday season.

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