Perfect Party Drinks
December 29, 2017
No matter the occasion, serve up these party-pleasers for a crowd. Each recipe can be easily adjusted for your size group- whether it's 5 or 50!
This is a festive holiday twist on an otherwise summery drink. Cranberry Daquiris are fruity, tart, and the recipe can be adjusted for any size party.
- 1 750 ml bottle of light rum
- 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
- Simple syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- Lime slices, frozen cranberries and fresh mint for garnish
Combine rum, juice, water and simple syrup in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Dip the rims of your glasses in water, then in sugar before serving the cocktails. Garnish each with lime slices, frozen cranberries and fresh mint.
Champagne Jello Shots
There’s a fair chance you haven’t slurped this boozy, gooey concoction out of a plastic cup since college, but we’re giving this nostalgic treat an adult upgrade with bubbly and a pretty presentation.
- 1 cup sparkling cider or sparkling water
- 2 packets gelatin (5 ounces total)
- 3/4 cup sweet sparkling wine (Spumante, Prosecco, etc.)
- 1/4 cup vodka (or use flavored vodka and omit the candy oil flavoring)
- 4-5 drops raspberry strong candy oil flavoring (or whatever flavoring you like; you could even leave it out altogether)
- sanding sugars
- special equipment: mini-cupcake tin or 9x9 or 9x13 pan lined with plastic wrap
Bring sparkling cider or water to boil. Pour over gelatin in heat-proof bowl and stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in vodka and champagne. Sprinkle sanding sugars into the bottoms of your mold. Pour mixture into your chosen mold or container and let chill for at least 3 - 4 hours.
When ready to un-mold, dip bottom of pan into hot water for 5 seconds. Run a sharp paring knife around the edge of the jello to loosen and flip out onto a wax-paper lined surface (I face a wax-papered cutting board down on my mini-cupcake tin and then flip both over). Sprinkle with more sanding sugars and serve. Keep chilled until serving.
Raspberry and Orange White Wine Punch
When it comes to a party, serving a bulk punch drink is the easiest, most cost-efficient route to go. This festive, light punch can truly be served all year round- no matter the occasion!
- 1 bottle of Chardonnay (or white wine of your choice)
- 1 orange, sliced
- 6 ounces raspberries
- 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
- 1 ounce triple sec
- About 2 cups club soda
Combine the wine, liqueurs and half of the oranges and raspberries (reserve other half for serving and garnish) in a pitcher. Refrigerate for 8 hours. When ready to serve, add club soda and stir.