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  • Eco Chic Entertaining

    With Earth Day just around the corner, here are some entertaining tips for hosting a sustainable, yet stylish affair. Follow our advice, and you will see that being eco-chic can be good for the planet, as well as your pocketbook!


    The brightness of an Apple Sour is the perfect cocktail for an eco-chic gathering. Mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer with Smirnoff Sours Green Apple for a sweet signature drink that has just the right amount of sour flavor. For a non-alcoholic option, mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer with club soda for a refreshing springtime fizz.


    When designing your spring menu, think about sourcing your ingredients from your local greenmarket, which will feature products from small family run farms and food purveyors. Your produce, cheese, meat and fish will likely be fresher since it’s traveled a shorter distance to reach your table.

    Let the seasonal offerings of the greenmarket inspire you to create your own farm table filled with all natural cured meats, artisan cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade preserves and freshly baked breads.

    Serving a whole poached salmon with fennel and lemon looks elegant on your buffet table and easily feeds a group. A savory pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and fresh mozzarella is a simple dish that can be served at room temperature.


    The first rule of eco-chic entertaining is to reuse what you already have! Don’t rush out to buy occasion specific tableware or unnecessary gadgets. Instead, get a little creative with repurposing everyday items for your event.

    Empty tea canisters can make unique vessels for flower arrangements, while mismatched glassware can be grouped together for an original way to display vegetables or snack food, such as nuts and popcorn.

    Instead of centerpieces of cut flowers, which can be expensive and wasteful, try using potted plants, which last longer and can even be given to guests as parting gifts! Small potted herbs in terracotta look and smell amazing, and you’re your dinner table a rustic look.

    Or, use fruits and vegetables to decorate your dinner table. A clear vase filled with lemons and limes is a modern and chic way to bring a pop of color into the room. Another eco-chic trick is to use vegetables as vessels to present food. Bell peppers can be cut in half and filled with dip for a vegetable platter. Small squash can be hollowed out and used for soup bowls. Eco-chic is all about creativity!

    Apple Sour

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sours Green Apple

    Place a slice of green apple in a martini glass.
    Shake the Smirnoff Sours Green Apple and the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer over ice and strain into the martini glass.

    Green Apple Spritzer

    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
    • Splash of lemon-flavored soda water

    Fill a tall glass with ice and apple slices.
    Pour in the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and the Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer.
    Top with the lemon flavored soda water. Yum!

  • Let the Games Begin

    Whether you are a Monopoly master, a poker shark, or the family Scrabble champion, Game Night at home is the perfect way to get the gang together any night of the week. The key to a successful game gathering is to pick an activity that all of your guests can play. If there are beginners in the bunch, make sure to have the rules of the game close at hand, and spend some time getting them up to speed.


    Impress your guests with some expert mixology by serving a special cocktail that goes with the theme and vibe of your party. For a casual Game Night, we like to make a big batch of Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Punch in a vintage punch bowl, with sliced oranges, lemons and cranberries for a festive touch.


    With the game as the center of attention, think about preparing crowd- pleasing favorites that can be easily replenished throughout the night. Since you’ll be playing with cards, chips or letters, stay away from sticky, greasy food such as chicken wings that will make for messy hands.

    Carla Ruben of Creative Edge Parties suggests a menu of bite-sized burgers and savory snacks that will keep guests satiated all night long. For a recent Game Night Party, the celebrity caterer served mini Yellowfin tuna burgers, puff pastry pizza, curried nut mix, sweet potato pretzels and sweet & salty popcorn.


    Look beyond the board game. For a fun, affordable activity, try playing “Celebrity.” All you need is a stack of small pieces of paper, some pens, and a bowl. Ask each guest to write down ten celebrity names including any recognizable person from pop culture, film, art, music, sports, etc. Additional names can be fictional characters (Sherlock Holmes), historical figures (Queen Elizabeth), or mythological creatures (Zeus). The goal is to guess as many names in the allotted time (one minute).

    Here’s how you play:
    Fold each piece of paper and place all names into the bowl. Guests separate into two teams. The first player selects a name from the bowl and has one minute to act and speak clues for their team to guess the celebrity name.

    Once time is up, their score is the number of correct guesses. Then the next team plays, and each group alternates until all team members have a chance to play and all names have been guessed.

    For round two, the same names go back into the bowl, but this time the team member can only say one word for their teammates to guess. For round three, the player cannot speak and must only act out the clues! The winning team is the one with the highest score from all the rounds!

    Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Punch

    • 1 750mL Bottle of Smirnoff
    • 2 Bottles of Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1 Bottle of Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer
    • Fresh Lemon and Orange Wheels and Fresh Cranberries

    Chill all the items for about an hour before making the punch.
    In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir carefully.
    Each 5 oz. serving contains approx. 1.5 oz. of alcohol.

    Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Ginger Punch

    • 1 Bottle of Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer
    • 2 Bottles of Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1 Liter Bottle of Ginger Ale
    • Fresh Lemon and Orange Wheels and Fresh Cranberries

    Chill all the items for about an hour before making the punch.
    In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir carefully.

  • A Night in Marrakesh

    Dreaming of an exotic vacation but just can’t seem to get away? Hosting a theme party inspired by your desired destination might be the perfect antidote to your wanderlust.

    We’ve chosen beautiful Morocco as our party theme because of its rich entertaining tradition and visually stunning design. Throw together a few colorful accent pieces with some mood lighting to set the scene. Then prepare a menu of fragrant foods served family style and, of course, a festive cocktail to welcome and transport guests to your Night in Marrakesh!


    The signature drink of Morocco, green tea with mint, is served all day and night to visitors that come into your home. The act of serving tea to your guests is a sign of hospitality and friendship.

    Inspired by these refreshing flavors, we suggest you offer your party guests a Honey Mint Lemonade Cooler, which is made from Stirrings® Simple™ Lemon Drop and Stirrings® Simple™ Mojito Mixers, honey and freshly chopped mint. Add a dash of vodka to turn it into an elegant evening cocktail that will pair well with the spice-laden foods of Morocco.


    Moroccan cuisine is a mélange of flavors from the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean. Spices are at the heart of all of these recipes and enrich all of the slow-cooked savory stews and buttery meats.

    Cooked and served in colorful tagines (ceramic or clay cookware with a domed lid), these vegetable and meat stews are served family style with a side of couscous.


    When it comes to theme parties, the biggest planning pitfall is going overboard with the theme itself. It’s all about bringing together a few key elements of event design to create an ambiance and mood. You don’t have to be literal to give your guests an extraordinary experience – sent the backdrop by infusing your home with a palate of Moroccan inspired colors, and let their imaginations fill in the rest.

    Moroccan Delight

    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
    • Fresh Chopped Mint

    Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

    Moroccan Spritzer

    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer
    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • Splash of Soda Water
    • Fresh Chopped Mint

    Combine Stirrings® Mixers and Fresh Chopped Mint in a tall glass, and top with a splash of soda water.

  • Dining Al Fresco

    On a warm summer evening with the night sky filled with stars, what could be better than hosting a little dinner party al fresco? Whether on a terrace, roof deck, backyard or beach, finding some outdoor space to commandeer for the night is the first step to planning your event. Then, all you need is a group of your favorite people and an effortless summer menu that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors.


    Keep the mood festive by setting up a sangria station at your outdoor dinner party. If you are close to the house, use a punch bowl so guests can help themselves. A piece of cheesecloth draped over the bowl will keep out any bugs. For dinners that need to be set up further away, use an acrylic pitcher with a cover for easy transport and serving.

    Our Citrus Sangria Punch is a vibrantly colored cocktail filled with slices of oranges, lemons and limes for decoration and extra citrus flavor. Combine Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer and Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer with vodka and red wine for a refreshing tasting beverage to toast to the summer season.


    he trick to dining outdoors is to prepare food that isn’t too delicate – items that do not need precision heating or timing and won’t wilt or fall apart in transit. Food that can be transferred from the grill to the plate in an instant is a good choice. Sauces and marinades that are packed with flavor and can be made in advance are a great choice too!

    We recommend serving a grilled tuna loin with salsa verde and a sugar snap pea salad with mint and almonds. Both recipes are very easy to prepare, but your guests don’t need to know that! The grilled tuna steak is an elegant dish with bright colors and bold flavors, while the sugar snap peas have lots of texture and crunch. Place bowls of olives seasoned with chili flakes and olive oil on the table so guests can snack on them before dinner begins.


    The great outdoors provides a naturally beautiful backdrop to your dinner party. Think about elements that can enhance what you are already working with. If you have a stunning view, invite guests over to enjoy a cocktail while the sun is setting. Those dining in a garden should incorporate some of the same flowers into smaller arrangements on the table.

    Creating an ambiance with lighting is important, especially since you may be working with almost no light at all when the sun sets. Large candles should be covered by glass hurricanes to protect the flame from the wind. Using gas lanterns to illuminate the bar and key areas of your event will cast a warm glow.

    Citrus Sangria Punch

    • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet Light
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
    • 2 oz. Red Wine

    Combine all ingredients in a wine glass filled with ice, and stir. Add fresh fruit such as orange segments and grapes to garnish.

    Virgin Citrus Sangria Punch

    • 1.5oz Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1.5oz Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
    • 2oz Orange Seltzer

    Combine all ingredients in a wine glass filled with ice, and stir. Add fresh fruit such as orange segments and grapes to garnish.

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