Easy Peasy Drinks to Make for Thanksgiving and All Your Other Holiday Parties

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It’s that time of year again. Not only is it Thanksgiving, it’s Thanksgiving during a election year, meaning that you’re probably feeling salty towards at least some of your friends and relatives or perhaps they’re feeling salty towards you! What will ease the anguish you’re experiencing as you mentally prepare yourself to share a meal with your loved ones?

A drink that’s what!

Ok, so now you realize you have to make drinks for a whole bunch of people, AND you’re feeling salty. What to do?

Keep it easy man! Today, I’m gonna give us a few large-format cocktails that will work for all the upcoming holiday parties and give you a lil peace of mind. Ready? Let’s go.

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Firstly, you could set up an Old Fashioned Station for your guests to help themselves. This is a great idea cause build-your-own-drinks tend to be a hit at parties! You could get a couple different kinds of spirits (Bourbon, Rye, Aged Rum, Apple Brandy, Añejo Tequila, Mezcal, Brandy, etc), different types of sweeteners or a mixer like the excellent Cocktail Crate Spiced Old Fashioned Mixer, an assortment of Bitters, garnishes and let the people do what they want!

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A sparkling wine cocktail: This one is easy cause you can batch your modifiers (like Apple Brandy + Cinnamon Syrup, Angostura Bitters) ahead of time, pour them into the glass and top with prosecco. Donezo!

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Bottled Negroni: This one is almost a no-brainer. Make a bottle sized Negroni, let it hang out in the bottle for a few days and serve as an aperitivo. Super duper easy and the Negroni is a perfect drink to cut through all those heavy foods you’re about to consume.

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4. Punch. Duh. This is by far my fave format for large parties cause Punch is the most communal cocktail of them all. I’ve created many Punch recipes but my two favorites are…

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Winfred Bumbry Punch: This Punch uses Irish Whiskey, two kinds of Rum, Ruby Port, Lemon Sherbet, and Nutmeg. It’s fabulously tasty and was a home run at last year’s Friendsgiving.

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DD’s Cider Punch: this Punch features mulled apple cider, two kinds of Rum, Allspice Dram, Benedictine, and Lemon Sherbet. (If you haven’t noticed, Sherbet is essential in a proper punch.)

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See, that was so easy! Cheers and hope y’all have loads of fun during the holidays!

 

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Happy 2015 from Myself and the Cat

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Happy prrrrrrty prrrrrty fun times to you all from me n’ Kuti. I’ve had loads of fun writing this Home Bar Girl blog and I hope you’ve had fun too! Have a sensational NYE y’all!

Tonight I will most likely be drinking one or more of the following:

  1. A French 75
  2. Fashionably Late – 1/4 oz St-G, 1/2 oz Chartreuse Jaune, 1 dash Celery bitters, top with dry Prosecco and Lemon peel
  3.  Yamazaki 12 Year on a rock
  4.  A glass of Champagne/Prosecco with a Lemon peel
  5.  Punch

Cheers to you and yours!

Bolla Prosecco Cocktails for NYE

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Here we go, here we go, here we GOOOOOO. That Xmas business was some kind of business right? I feel like half the reason we all party so hard on NYE is to shake that Xmas business right off our backs and/or lose some weight. WAAAAOOOOOOOOH! Let’s party!

So then we get to “what the hell am I gonna serve/bring/drink on NYE”? You’re gonna drink a Bolla Prosecco Cocktail and you’re gonna love it. Bolla Prosecco is just perfect for party time. It strikes a nice balance between dry and fruity, is perfectly crisp and I seriously love it. I want it in every bubbly cocktail ever. Legit. Super tasty. Party party Prosecco. Bolla Baile Booty.

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I’m a classy gal and I love a classy Prosecco + Bitters + Sweetness cocktail anytime but especially on NYE. Give me a coupe with bubbly sweetness and just let me dance baby. So to y’all, I present a bunch of options for Bolla Prosecco cocktails. May you have a fun, ridiculous, sloppy, festive NYE filled with your favourite people!

Classic-Prosecco-Cocktail

Let’s start with the basics. A Classic Prosecco cocktail = Sugar, Bitters and Prosecco.

Classic Prosecco Cocktail

  • 1 Barspoon Sugar or 1 Sugar Cube
  • 1 dash of Angostura Bitters and/or 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • Bolla Prosecco

Add Sugar and Bitters to coupe, top with Prosecco. Stir gently until everything is swimming together nicely.

St-G-Prosecco

Next comes St-Germain and some Lavender Bitters. Pretty much to-die-for right here. We’re talking as refined as Downton Abbey but with a nod to la Belle Epoque. Swoon.

Belle Epoque Prosecco Cocktail

  • 1/2 oz St-Germain
  • 1 dash Lavender Bitters
  • Bolla Prosecco
  • Lemon Peel

In coupe, add 1/2 oz St-Germain, Lavender bitters, top with Prosecco and gently stir until everything is mixed properly. Express Lemon Peel and garnish.

Apple-Brandy-Prosecco

Here’s one for the Eastern Seaboard. This might be the most American bubbly cocktail ever but don’t quote me on that. 🙂

Mid-Atlantic Prosecco Cocktail

  • 1/2 oz Laird’s Apple Brandy
  • 1 Barspoon Cinnamon Bark Syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Bolla Prosecco

In coupe, add Brandy, Cinnamon Syrup and Bitters. Top with Prosecco and stir gently until the drink looks really American.

Raspberry-&-Prosecco

Aaaaaand from the Mid-Atlantic down to the sweltering depths of the Durrrty South. NOLA inspired, which is really just saying that you love to mix french and american flavours together. Mhmm, don’t pretend. I know what you do.

Parish Prosecco Cocktail

  • 1/2 oz Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 dash Pernod Pastis or Herbsaint
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Bolla Prosecco

In coupe, combine Raspberry Liqueur, Pastis/Herbsaint and Peychauds. Top with Prosecco and stir gently until the drink looks sensational.

Chartreuse-Jaune-Prosecco

Back to the “Continent” for this one. And y’all, I’m not going to lie, this is definitely my favourite. I’m sort of upset that I didn’t already create this recipe because I would have drink’d/drank/drunk this all summer. It’s literally sensational. I want to take this Cocktail to a fashion show and then to an opera afterwards.

Fashionably Late Prosecco Cocktail

  • 1/2 oz Chartreuse Jaune
  • 1 dash Celery Bitters
  • Lemon Peel
  • Bolla Prosecco

In coupe, combine Chartreuse, Celery Bitters and Prosecco. Gently stir until the drink is ready to go to a fashion show. Express lemon peel and garnish.

Bonus Round: add 1/4 oz St-Germain

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For the last one we go full Italian. Pick your favourite Amaro + Prosecco + Lemon peel and go wild!

Amari Prosecco

  • 3/4 oz Santa Maria al Monte Amaro (or whatever your favourite Amaro may be)
  • Lemon Peel
  • Bolla Prosecco

In coupe combine Amaro and Prosecco. Stir until the drink is really speaking to your wild side. Express Lemon Peel and garnish.

Well, that’s it! Have a sensational NYE! Thanks again to the Kind people of MBooth marketing for sending me this delicious bottle of Bolla Prosecco.