More Holiday Party Inspiration


As I mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking about throwing a Holiday party, but seeing as the calendar is already chock full of invites from people who actually planned ahead my party most likely will go off after the New Year.

I definitely plan on serving a signature cocktail -- a good stiff drink is a great way to liven up a party, not to mention I love the somewhat retro nature of the cocktail.  A garnished cocktail in the right glass is a nod to the glamour of the past (not to mention my ongoing obsession with AMC's "Mad Men".)

Right now I'm torn between two absolutely delicious sounding cocktail recipes I found in Colin Cowie Chic:

Chili Passion
  • 1 Oz Cranberry juice

  • 1 Oz Orange juice

  • 2 Ozs Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Passion Fruit Rum

  • 1 Oz. Passion Fruit puree

  • 1/4 Oz fresh ginger juice (1/2 cup ginger per two cups water, brewed slowly -- do not boil -- for fifteen to twenty minutes)

  • 8 to 12 seeds of Thai chili pepper, 3 to 4 pieces of chopped up chili, and 1 Thai pepper, sliced for garnish (slice it so it adheres to the glass!)

  • Nutmeg for garnish

Combine all of the juices, puree, rum and the chili pepper seeds and chopped-up chili.  Add to a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice.  Shake for fifteen seconds, strain, and pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with the sliced red chili pepper by attaching it to the rim of the glass, or simply float the chili in the drink.  Do not eat the chili! Top with a dash of nutmeg.

Raspberry and Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
  • 1/4 shot Chambord

  • 1/4 shot elderflower cordial (I'll probably use St. Germain)

  • Chilled champagne

Add the Chambord and cordial to a champagne flute and top with champagne. (I'd embellish this with a few fresh raspberries dropped into the flute and maybe even a sugared rim!)


A while back, I mentioned a set of metal-rimmed highball glasses that I saw at Lee Alex Decor, a local vintage shop.  Well, I was perusing the sale offerings at West Elm and I came across these lovelies! Of course they don't have the cachet of vintage, but they have the added bonus of a monogram (be still my preppy heart!) :

Photo: West Elm

These would be a perfectly perfect addition to my bar (hint for those that are shopping for me for Christmas)!

As Colin Cowie says, the recipe for a perfect cocktail party is "...snappy cocktails, tasty food, groovy music, and colorful people -- in equal quantities!"  Well, I have the cocktails down... next steps guest list and hors d'oeuvres!