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  • How to Throw a Cocktail Party

    As a current trend, people are embracing the age-old tradition of throwing classic cocktail parties! There is something quintessentially glamorous about dressing up, clinking glasses, and catching up with friends. Pulling off a cocktail party can happen a number of ways; here are some different approaches that will help you get started:

    Stock up and offering a full bar with different types of spirits, liqueurs and Stirrings® Mixers.

    Create a themed bar that puts one spirit in the spotlight, but offers a variety of mixers. (Stirrings® makes this especially easy)

    Devise a signature cocktail bar that features two types of cocktails and beer and wine.

    So, how does one choose an approach? Obviously, budget and time play a huge part in determining which way is right for your cocktail night. Let’s break down the pros and cons associated with each method.

    Full Bar

    A full bar allows each of your guests to concoct their favorite cocktail. It also gives them a chance to experiment with different mixers, liqueurs, spirits, and garnishes. Stirrings® makes this easy to execute. With all our great mixers, your guests can experiment with a variety of cocktail ideas. We have hundreds of recipes on the website to provide inspiration for your partygoers.

    If you want to go the full bar route, make sure that you have plenty of base spirits like rum, vodka, gin, and bourbon. Group your liqueurs by flavor to make it easier for people to find their favorite. To help partygoers, leave a Stirrings® cocktail recipe book out for them to peruse. Be sure to include all the appropriate bartending essentials such as bar spoons shakers, strainers, muddlers, jiggers, and ice. For fun, leave a tip jar out in case one of your guests turns out to be the party’s favorite bartender!

    Themed Bar

    A themed bar cuts down on all of the costs associated with providing a fully stocked bar. All you need to do is to select one or two base spirits to feature, and then provide different mixers. For instance, you can set out vodka and assorted Stirrings® mixers so people can create apple martinis, lemon drops, cosmopolitans and Bloody Marys.

    Signature Cocktail Bar

    A signature cocktail bar reduces party costs, showcases two types of cocktails, and gives people other options like beer and wine. As an additional benefit, you can play mixologist for the night by coming up with your own signature cocktail to show off. Signature cocktails may consist of a base spirit, Stirrings® Mixer, liqueur and garnish. Have fun coming up with your own by putting a spin on a classic recipe or personalizing your own favorite cocktail. You may also get some inspiration by using seasonal herbs to spice up the cocktails. If you want to share the ingredient list, create recipe cards for people to take home! Hosting your own cocktail party is not only fun, but it allows you to tap into your creative side with your friends.

    Don’t forget – a fabulous hostess has food available, always offers non-alcoholic choices for the guests, (Stirrings® has you covered with tasty non-alcoholic mocktails) and makes sure everyone gets home safely.


    COCKTAIL Stella-tini

    • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet Light
    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer

    Rim a martini glass with Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Rimmer. Shake over ice and pour into martini glass.

    MOCKTAIL Pomegranate Spritzer

    • 4 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
    • Splash of Soda Water

    Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

  • All About Mom

    When it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, remember that the best present you can give is well-spent time together. Here are some entertaining ideas to help you create a memorable event for Mom. All you need is a delicious feast, elegant cocktails, and her favorite people around the dinner table to make her smile!

    COCKTAILS

    Greet the guest of honor with a pretty Bellini, made with Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer, or Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer and Prosecco. Presenting a silver tray of Bellinis served in tall champagne flutes and garnished with fruit is the perfect way to start the evening.

    Another crowd-pleasing cocktail at a springtime party is spiked lemonade. We like to make our version with Smirnoff Citrus Flavored Vodka, Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer, and some sparkling soda water. For something lighter, skip the vodka, add more bubbles, and garnish with some fresh basil.

    FOOD

    Preparing a home cooked meal for a loved one is already a heartfelt gesture. For the perfect menu for Mom, we turned to our dear friend Mary Giuliani of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. The celebrity caterer developed her passion for cooking and entertaining from her grandmother, who owned an Oceanside resort in Montauk, where she used to go as a young girl.

    Mary may have movie stars and fashion moguls as clients, but her style remains effortless and down-to-earth. Her no-fuss menu can be prepared ahead of time, served warm or at room temperature, and made with simple ingredients. Some of her favorite recipes for a family dinner include a mushroom herb-crusted cod loin with sautéed spinach, roasted asparagus and baby artichokes with lemon oregano aioli, and orecchiette with carmelized onions, sugar snaps and ricotta salata. She loves to finish the night with a healthy dessert of fresh fruit skewers dipped in minted whipped cream – a light yet decadent-tasting topping.

    DECOR

    Mother’s Day is a universally celebrated holiday and can certainly be considered one of the most sentimental. Play up the nostalgic nature of this day by setting the table with place cards made with family photos of special moments from childhood all the way up to present day. Keep the tradition going by taking new photos to be displayed at next year’s gathering, or placed in a photo album for a future gift.


    COCKTAIL Peach Bellini

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer
    • 3 oz. Stellina di Notte Prosecco

    Place a slice of fresh peach into a champagne flute.
    Pour Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer over the top of the fruit.
    Top with Prosecco. (Hint: for a cool cocktail experience chill the Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer and the Prosecco for about an hour.)

    Blood Orange Mimosa

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 3 oz. Stellina di Notte Prosecco

    Place a fresh raspberry into a champagne flute.
    Pour Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer over the top of the fruit.
    Top with Prosecco. (Hint: for a cool cocktail experience chill the Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer and the Prosecco for about an hour.)

    MOCKTAIL Peach Rosemary Spritzer

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer
    • 3 oz. Lemon Flavored Sparkling Water
    • Fresh rosemary sprig

    Place a fresh rosemary sprig into a champagne flute or tall glass.
    Pour Stirrings® Peach Bellini Mixer over the top of the rosemary, and top with the lemon-flavored sparkling water. Delicious!

  • Father's Day

    We believe that life’s little luxuries can be found in everyday pleasures. With our busy schedules and attempts at balancing work and family, sometimes the simple things are the ones that make us smile the most. With that in mind, we suggest an approach to entertaining for Father’s Day that celebrates a return to the classics - just like Dad’s favorite pair of jeans, his vintage watch and special chair.

    Bring back fond memories by creating a menu of signature dishes that use cherished family recipes. Cooking together is half the fun, so gather up family and friends, roll up your sleeves, and get ready for a night that is all about Dad!

    COCKTAILS

    While Dad may reach for his favorite brew while watching the game, this event should be marked with something a little more special. A refreshing summer cocktail, the traditional mojito gets a little kick with the additional of ginger for this new Stirrings® recipe. To make a Stirrings® Ginger Mojito, combine Stirrings® Mojito Mixer with rum and ginger ale.

    Younger family members can have a mocktail made in the same spirit as Dad’s drink. To make a Stirrings® Ginger Mojito Spritzer, put Stirrings® Mojito Mixer in a tall glass with top with ginger ale and garnish with mint.

    FOOD

    Give your grillmaster the night off on his special day and bring the action back into the kitchen so the whole family can be together. For creative menu ideas that are family friendly and easy-to-make, we turned to Margaret Zakarian, restaurateur and wife to famed chef and Food Network star, Geoffrey Zakarian. When the entrepreneur and marketing executive isn’t at one of her New York restaurants – The Lambs Club and The National – she’s in the kitchen with her young children preparing healthy and delicious food the whole family can enjoy.

    While cooking for a chef might sound daunting, Margaret relies on some simple recipes adapted over the years that never fail to impress. This year Father’s Day at the Zakarians will include a menu of Grape Focaccia, Great Green Salad, Margaret’s Roast Chicken and Chocolate Toast.

    DECOR

    For a casual dinner of salad and roast chicken at home, you can forget the fancy table settings and décor. Instead focus on creating the mood with music for your Father’s Day party. Curate a playlist that includes classic tunes by his favorite musicians. What better way to salute Dad than with songs by some of the great performing artists of all time!


    COCKTAIL Ginger Mojito

    • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • Splash Ginger Ale

    Shake rum and Stirrings® Mojito Mixer over ice. Strain into a tall glass with ice and top with a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with mint.

    MOCKTAIL Ginger Mojito Spritzer

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • 2 oz. Ginger Ale

    Combine both ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with mint.

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