Friday, November 5, 2010

Stocking Your Bar for the Holidays

The holiday season is rushing towards us faster than Santa’s sleigh and before you can say “Ho Ho Ho” it will be that time of year – the time for giving, the time for family, and of course, the time for parties! If you spend the period from November to January careening between family get-togethers, friends’ parties and other festivities, chances are you will need to make sure your house is stocked full of goodies so that guests don’t go home hungry or thirsty!

Whether you host parties, or simply attend them, it is important to make sure you have a fully stocked bar for the holiday season. For those hosting parties this season, a bar replete with drinks will keep guests happy and the enjoyment lasting well into the night! For those attending parties, wine and spirits are perfect holiday gifts, so stay tuned for our holiday gift-giving guide within the next few weeks!

Holiday Essentials

Winter wines and spirits will be popular and in high demand, especially holiday drinks such as Mulled Wine, Cider and Eggnog. Be sure to prep your kitchen and bar with the ingredients to make these holiday essentials as guests are sure to look for them!

Eggs, milk, cream, bourbon, sugar, brandy & nutmeg
(We recommend Four Roses Straight Bourbon Whiskey & Bache-Gabrielsen 3 Kors Fine Cognac)

Brandy, honey, cinnamon, apple cider, orange juice, spices & lemon
(We recommend Laird's Bottled in Bond Straight Apple Brandy)

Mulled Wine:
Red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot works best), orange, brandy, cloves, honey, cinnamon & ginger
(We recommend Wyatt Cabernet Sauvignon or Raphael Estate Merlot & Menorval Calvados Prestige)

Irish Coffee:
Coffee, Irish cream, cream, & nutmeg or cinnamon
(We recommend Molly's Irish Cream)

It is important to keep a supply of other liquors as some guests may not enjoy these seasonal drinks and will prefer other cocktails. A few excellent cocktails for the winter season include:

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey & Noilly Prat Original French Sweet Vermouth

White Christmas:
La Clandestine Absinthe, Le Vigne di Alice Prosecco & St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Mocha Mint:
Fair Cafe Liqueur, Marie Brizard White Mint Liqueur & Marie Brizard Creme de Coco Brown

Browse our cocktail combos or purchase one of our books for even more cocktail recipes!

Stock Up!

Many cocktails require fresh ingredients that require a trip to the supermarket. While it is always important to pick up some of the more popular mixers such as orange juice and soda, it is also a good idea to stock up on garnishes to complete the look of your cocktail. While some recipes call for slightly unusual garnishes, some of the more popular ones are olives, lemons, limes, and Maraschino cherries, so try to keep them handy. You will be sure to impress your guests with your bartending skills!

We know that the upcoming season is a hectic time of year for many people, but DrinkUpNY is here to help you through it! Check back soon for our holiday wine recommendations, as well as advice on how to select the perfect wine to accompany your meal!