As the Christmas party season is in full swing, let us help you take the hassle out of hosting with our top tips for Christmas Parties & Cocktails Guide. Preparation is key to prevent getting hot under the collar making your Glühwein (that’s Mulled Wine to you and me) simply relax and read on, we’ve got you covered this Christmas.
Before your guests arrive
Ensure your guests know what to expect: There’s nothing worse than serving casual nibbles when your guests are expecting a fine dining feast.
Be prepared: It’s helpful to know what types of drinks your guests prefer and also if there are any dietary requirements. Take the pressure off by offering guests the option to bring a dish or look for things you can prepare in advance.
Create the right atmosphere: Think about which area you would like your guests in and make sure every guest has a seat. Preparing a playlist in advance helps to set the mood of the party.
On the Day
Give yourself plenty of time: Prepare as many dishes as you can in advance, allow time to set the table, tidy up and, most importantly, time to get yourself ready without rushing.
Create a warm welcome: Taking guests’ coats, handing your WIFI password out, plus a welcome drink to offer on arrival will make your guests feel welcome and relaxed, check out our cocktail recipes for some inspiration below.
A cocktail always feels a little bit special, especially when you are served one that’s handmade by a friend. Some are very time-consuming to make and require lots of random spirits and mixtures so my advice is simple, stick to providing two for your party, one to welcome your guests, and one for after dinner.
The choices are endless of course but it’s great to have a good all-rounder that can be adapted to be non-alcoholic, plus a classic Christmas recipe – why not try whipping up some eggnog a few weeks before? If you’re pushed for time, here’s two of my tried and tested recipes to get every party started.
Christmas Punch for a Crowd
A fantastic versatile recipe that has all the tastes of Christmas and can be prepped in advance plus also made non-alcoholic for designated drivers and children.
1 Orange, sliced
100g pomegranate seeds
500ml Orange Juice
250ml pomegranate juice
500ml cranberry juice
500ml lemonade, Sprite or Ginger beer
250ml Vodka, Gin or Rum (optional)
2 large handfuls of ice
Rosemary sprigs to garnish
Combine all the ingredients in advance except for the lemonade and ice, then stir in once ready to serve.
Hot Toddy for Two
Another perfect winter cocktail that isn’t overly sweet and can be offered after food alongside tea and coffee is a classic Hot Toddy. Quick to whip up and with no fuss, it’s the perfect after dinner drink.
3 tsp honey (any type)
1/2 Cinnamon stick
1 lemon – cut into half (slicing one half for garnish)
2 cloves (optional for garnish)
Boil the kettle, set out two heatproof glasses or mugs.
Whisk together the honey and whisky and split between the glasses, pour in roughly 250ml boiling water.
Squeeze a splash of lemon juice to taste and finish with lemon slices and a clove.
Two cocktails there to raise a glass (or two!) this Christmas. We hope you enjoy this party season safely and we recommend checking the current guidelines and adhering to the precautions that will undoubtedly protect us all.