From sophisticated holiday soirees to casual gatherings, legendary nights require the right mix of fun, friends and spirits.
The pros at Southern Comfort and Finlandia Vodka offer some time-tested tips that will help ensure that your holiday get-together is the talk among your friends:
* Offer five to six appetizers per person if other food is available; seven to eight if it's not.
* Have 2 to 3 pounds of ice on hand for every 10 people; double this amount if serving frozen drinks.
* Chill glasses by filling them with ice and water before making and serving drinks.
* Pour drinks immediately after blending to keep them from getting watery.
* Measure everything. Your drinks will taste better. One bottle of Southern Comfort or Finlandia Vodka provides, roughly, 10 1- to 1 1/2-ounce pours.
* Utilize fresh fruits and spices of the season for the perfect cocktail, from a caipiroska to a mojito to a martini.Keep up on the latest cocktail trends, but serve a few signature cocktails as well. Or, put a twist on classic drinks, such as these recipes for a Finlandia Cranberry Smash and a SoCo Eggnog Martini.
Recipe for Southern Eggnog Martini
1 ounce Southern Comfort
3 ounces eggnog
Combine chilled ingredients in a shaker (no ice). Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with nutmeg.
Lt. Blender's Eggnog in a Bag,
12-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 3) Add liquor & water, shake, freeze & squeeze. Use this mix to make the above Southern Eggnog Martini.
Makes 16 servings (1/2 gal - 2 lt).
In this exquisite and very personal book, Martha Stewart welcomes you into her world, where she entertains in the expressive and beautiful style that she has made so famous.
Whether a simple blueberry breakfast on a Sunday morning in Maine or a more lavish holiday dinner at Bedford, each of the gatherings is equally memorable, for what Martha cherishes above all is spending time and sharing delicious food with her family and friends.
A meal of substantial finger foods with ingenious cocktails, a sit-down formal dinner, a buffet supper, or something more relaxed such as a backyard barbecue-each is a welcome and inviting way to entertain, writes Martha.
Featuring elegant and casual affairs held throughout the year and a diverse collection of enticing recipes, Marthas Entertaining shows us in the broadest and most lovely fashion what it really means to entertain and host today
From an afternoon Easter egg hunt for children to a festive Halloween dinner held inside her horse stable; from a sophisticated cocktail party on a friends yacht in New York Harbor to a spring garden fête amid the most glorious beds of peonies, Marthas parties offer a glimpse inside her beautiful homes.
Each is unforgettable and endlessly inspiring.
Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations
Christmas & Cocktails:
Recipe for Finlandia Cranberry Smash
1 1/2 ounces Finlandia
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
8 to 10 fresh cranberries
12 spearmint leaves
Muddle mint, cranberries and simple syrup; add lemon juice,
vodka and ice. Stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
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