This black, blue, and metallic bar cart is painfully sophisticated. The sexy, midcentury-inspired look is easier to achieve than you think; simply layer various blue and metallic accessories atop a basic black parsons-shaped bar cart. The key is to mix shades of blue so you create a rich, multidimensional display.
"Pomegranate Apple Punch" adds a festive pop of red amidst all the blue. Best of all, the punch can be made in a large batch ahead of time or individual servings throughout the night. Of the cocktail's seasonal flavors, Pope explains, "Applejack is a wonderful base spirit for the holidays because apple is a classic holiday ingredient and it pairs well with other fruits."
POMEGRANATE APPLE PUNCH RECIPE*
1 1/2 ounces Laird's Applejack
3/4 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce pomegranate juice
GLASS: Martini/punch glass, available at HomeGoods for $4
GARNISH: Star anise
1. Measure ingredients into a mixing glass, and then add ice.
2. Shake vigorously until chilled.
3. Strain into a chilled wine/punch glass (over ice optional).
4. Garnish with star anise.
*For a delicious virgin option, substitute with apple cider and orange juice!