Sunday, December 14, 2008

Self-serve holiday bars

No one wants to be stuck serving up drinks at their own party. So, if you are unable to hire a bartender, here are some ideas on how guests can feel free to serve themselves.

Tray Bars
If you don’t have tons of space for one large bar, why not put together several smaller bars on trays throughout the room. Feature a different specialty drink on each with all the necessary ingredients and instructions, or keep it simple with just a few bottles of wine on ice. Have glasses located in a central location and then guests can tour the room trying the different drink options.

Pre-Mixed Cocktails and Specialty Drinks
So simple it’s a hostesses dream. Many companies are coming out with cocktails that are ready to chill and serve. Smirnoff has a line of pre-mixed cocktails that include cosmos and mojitos. They’ve gotten mixed reviews online. You might want to try them for yourself before serving them up for your guests. Include touches like mint leaves and fresh fruit.

You can also mix up some old standbys ahead of time. Many vodka drinks get better as the flavors are allowed to sit for hours or even days. Heat fresh cranberries with sugar until it turns into syrup and then mix with vodka for a classic and seasonal favorite. Let it sit for a few hours, strain, and serve from a decorative pitcher along side fresh cranberries lightly coated with sugar. Sangria is another drink that gets even tastier with time and, with winterized variations, it’s not just for summer anymore.

For more ideas like these and for video instructions on how to make a delicious holiday sangria using apples and dried cranberries, CLICK HERE!!!



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.elle denise. said...

I love using frozen fruit, instead of ice cubes. Its a great way to "jazz" up the more ordinary drink!...