☞ Boozy Beverages ☜
These cocktails are enormously popular throughout the holiday season, thanks to their festive colors and seasonal ingredients. To keep things simple, offer 1 or 2 cocktail choices and pre-mix a batch just before your guests arrive.
☞ Toasty Tipples ☜
Whether you host an outdoor gathering or live in a cold climate, folks love to wrap their hands around a toasty mug of holiday cheer. Make a big batch of spiced cider or mulled wine and keep it warm in your slow cooker all evening. (I’m all about easy at this time of year.)
Swedish Christmas Glögg
☞ Holiday Sippers for Every Age ☜
Even if you don’t have any peewee guests, you’ll likely have friends who are avoiding alcohol or have offered to be designated drivers for the evening. Most of the recipes above can be modified to be alcohol-free, or those below are designed to be booze-free as written. They’re a cup of cheer for anyone, any age.
Homemade Sparkling Juice
Chai Spiced Apple Cider
☞ Snacks and Nibbles ☜
If your guests are drinking, then there’s a good chance they’ll be hungry, too. A spread of easy snacks and handheld bites is the way to go for a cocktail party. Some The One’s my favorites include:
- Nuts: Set out several bowls of sweet and spicy roasted nuts or Ina Garten’s rosemary cashews and watch them vanish.
- Snack mixes: This spicy Chex mix is ideal for holiday parties because it makes a huge batch. (I remember Mama Leite making this every Christmas time.)
- Cheese: Jeepers, where to start? Blue cheese balls, pimento cheese, cheesy gougères . . . you get the idea.
- Charcuterie: Almost anything goes here, but try to offer a selection of cured meats, chicken liver pâté or country pâté, cornichons, crackers or cheese straws, as well as condiments, such as whole-grain mustard.
- Canapés: Offer a selection of bite-size savory scones, mini mac and cheese bites, crunchy cheddar bow ties, crostini, warm olives, and more.