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Come Party With Me: Holiday Cocktail — Drinks

The most important part to a cocktail party is the cocktails. If you want to offer guests a full open bar, then hire a bartender for the night. What I prefer to do is make a few large batches of one cocktail and set up a mini bar. When guests ask what to bring tell them to bring one of the ingredients to the punch. Set out vodka, gin, tonic, cranberry juice, lime wedges, ice, and glasses. Guests can make themselves a vodka cran or gin and tonic. Don't forget sparkling and still water and sparkling apple cider.

I also like to serve egg nog along side a festive punch. This year I am eager to try a punch that was recently featured in Bon Appetit. It's a gorgeous pomegranate champagne punch. For the recipe to that and the egg nog I make every year,

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch
From Bon Appetit magazine

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block

  1. Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
  2. Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

Serves 12.

Egg Nog
From Martha Stewart

12 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
1 quart whole milk
1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
3 cups bourbon
1/2 cup dark rum
2 cups cognac
Freshly grated nutmeg

  1. In a very large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac, stirring constantly.
  2. Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining 1/2 quart heavy cream until stiff, and fold in.
  3. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.

Serves 26.

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StilettoSecrets StilettoSecrets 8 years
Made the pomegranate punch for my xmas party and it was a huge success! Didn't need the sugar water, the punch was sweet enough on its own - in fact we added a bottle of seltzer to tone it down a bit more. Also made an ice ring with mint, lemon slices and pomegranate seeds that made it all the more festive. This one's a keeper!
I thinking making homemande eggnog is an awesome idea. Something I've never done...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No on the eggnog and yes on the punch!
jenehfur jenehfur 8 years
im with you nancita, new years eve punch! might have to try a batch beforehand to give it a "test run" tho yknow :)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
this stuff looks GREAT! Wish I was having party!
Like-To-Cook Like-To-Cook 8 years
Love the look of this punch!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
yummmmy yummmy for my tummy!
issarocks issarocks 8 years
ooh that punch sounds delish!
emalove emalove 8 years
Yum and Double-yum! Especially the eggnog. I'd have to be careful with those champagne punches, I tend to overdo with champagne and get QUITE tipsy. Haha.
I tried a lime sherbet punch before that was delicious. To keep it chilled we froze an ice ring in a bundt pan with lime slices, kiwis, etc. frozen in. Yummmmmmm.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
ahhh...too many cocktail choices! :)
nancita nancita 8 years
I'm not having another party until New Year's, probably, but I think I found my punch recipe. This looks DELICIOUS.
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