Surprise your New Year’s party guests with fancy cocktails
Winter is a season when there are a huge number of reasons for friends and family to come together. Whether it’s volunteering together at the local shelter, gathering around the fireplace and watching the flames dance, or something as simple as having a party to catch up with friends on Christmas or to ring in the New Year, any reason is a good one. Because so many people come home during the cold season in order to be closer to their families, it’s not uncommon to see a few old faces that have deteriorated from your memory over the course of the year.
There are many elements to a great party: decorations, guests, entertainment, and, of course, refreshments. If you are hosting a holiday gathering this winter, most guests will bring some spirits to share with the rest of the party-goers, but that doesn’t mean you should be unprepared. One of the best skills the host of any party can have is the ability to make one very good drink. You might have several winning cocktail recipes in your arsenal, and that’s all well and good, but all you really need is one. It helps immensely if you can make that one good cocktail in large batches. This way, you can tend to your guests and be merry without having to play bartender throughout the duration of the evening.
It doesn’t hurt to look the part of a bartender, though. Treat your guests to a special treat this winter by serving up your specialty cocktails in 4 oz martini glasses (also known as cocktail glasses). There’s nothing quite as pleasant as being surprised at a party. People take notice when decorations are spectacular or when refreshments are top shelf. The more special you make your guests feel, the more excited they’ll be to be attending.
One great way to do this is to make a specialty drink for each person on your guest list and set them aside in a bar area. In addition, you can set up ingredients for an extremely simple mixed drink; for example, cranberry and vodka. Even easier still, you can set up a punch bowl and make the evening’s drink yourself. If you are willing to put in a little bit of extra time before your guests arrive, you can make more complicated drinks for them. The less work guests have to when getting their drinks, the more time they will spend socializing, and the better you will appear as a host.
Without a doubt, it can be a chore to host a holiday party – there’s the task of inviting guests, setting up beforehand, making acquaintances during, and cleaning up afterwards – but there is an incomparable rewarding feeling you get when bringing all your closest friends and family together. There are few times during the year you can get this opportunity, so don’t squander it this winter.
Written by Asher Briggs