THE SPECIALTY DRINK

This tip is good for house parties or any occasion. It's fun to include at least one specialty cocktail that you can name after the guest of honor or get creative and incorporate the theme/occasion. Presentation is everything so get creative and fun with the glassware.

Tip: As a general rule of thumb, plan on one alcoholic drink per hour per guest.

It’s also important to remember not to make the signature drink that has several steps to make and needs to be shaken that will just cause long lines at the bar. Another good idea to keep in mind is the short period of time for most events and more than likely you do want everyone to have a taste of your special drink a good thing to consider is to make a big batch so the bartender only needs to pour.

As a special treat here are two fun recipes to try over the winter and holiday times

THE ELITE COOLER

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Ingredients

4 oz. champagne (reasonably priced non-vintage champagne is fine)
1/2 oz. cognac
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
dash of Campari
orange wheel (garnish)
crushed ice

Preparation:

  1. Fill a large chilled wineglass with crushed ice.

  2. Add the following in exactly this order:

  • Champagne

  • Cognac

  • Grand Marnier

  • Campari

   3.  Garnish with an orange wheel.

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COCOA RASPBERRY HEAVEN

Ingredients: 

1 oz. plus 1 tsp. raspberry liqueur (Chambord's nice)

1 oz. white crème de cacao hot chocolate
whipped cream
1 fresh raspberry (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Pour raspberry liqueur and white crème de cacao in a cappuccino mug.

  2. Add hot chocolate and stir.

  3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

  4. Drizzle teaspoon of Chambord on top of the whipped cream.

  5. Top with a fresh raspberry.

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