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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.

  • New Year’s Eve

    We've adapted a few cultural traditions around the world (featuring food that symbolizes luck in the New Year) and brought them to life in our cocktails! Start your year on the right foot by planning a party in which all food and drink is designed to bring good luck to all your guests.

    COCKTAILS

    Incorporating some of the foods that traditionally bring good luck in the New Year into your cocktail bar is a great way to tie your New Year’s theme into every aspect of your event! Your guests will appreciate the good wishes for the entire year to come.

    FOOD

    Greens: It's no coincidence that this good-luck food is the color of money. Greens such as kale, collards, and cabbage are traditionally eaten on New Year's Day because of their association with wealth and economic prosperity.

    Pomegranate: Long associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year.

    Citrus: When the Chinese celebrate New Year's Day, they often set out bowls of oranges and tangerines to promote prosperity. This tradition developed from a play on words: "tangerine" and "orange" sound much like "luck" and "wealth," respectively, in the Chinese language.

    DECOR

    When you prepare a menu with some or all of these foods, be sure to share these tidbits with your guests. You could also use some of these as table decorations, for example, beautiful citrus baskets accented with bright green kale leaves will add a touch of whimsy – and, of course, bring all sorts of good luck!


    COCKTAIL Cash on the Books

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Pear Vodka
    • 2 oz. Bitter Lemon Soda
    • Garnish Slice of Apple

    Fill a tall glass with ice, and layer in the ingredients, stirring gently.
    Garnish with an apple slice

    Lemon Delight

    • 3 oz. Stellina Di Notte Prosecco
    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
    • Garnish with Fresh Raspberries

    Place fresh raspberries into a champagne flute, layer in all ingredients, and stir gently

    MOCKTAIL Double Pomegranate Soda

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
    • 1 oz. Stirrings® Authentic Grenadine (Made from Pomegranates)
    • Splash of Lemon-Flavored Soda Water

    Layer all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice and pomegranate seeds, stir gently, garnish with lemon wedge.

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