The first of the holiday cards and invitations hit our mailbox yesterday, so I guess the entertaining season has officially begun. I’m not *quite* ready to get ours out the door, but hopefully I’ll get it done before too long! Instead of addressing envelopes, I’ve been thinking about what holiday cocktails to offer this year.
Holiday cocktails – have one ready and waiting
Having a house cocktail is a huge timesaver. Premix a big batch, pour it into a nice pitcher, and place the pitcher and some glasses within easy reach of where your guests walk in the door. How many times have you juggled coats, hats and drink orders…only to find yourself walking past someone you promised a drink ten minutes before, having gotten distracted? I know I’ve done it more than once.
Instead, while you are taking coats and hats, you can entice your guests to help themselves to a drink, saving you running all over the house. Of course, if someone wants something else, you can get it for them, but I’m always surprised just how many people will take you up on ready-made holiday cocktails if it sounds intriguing enough.
Clementine, Limoncello and Prosecco Cocktail (click title for a printer-friendly version)
This year I was inspired by a recipe I saw using Limoncello…remember the Meyer Lemon Limoncello we made earlier this year? I hope you still have some left!
The clementine juice and addition of the Limoncello make a refreshing variant on the Champagne and orange juice of a Mimosa.
- Juice from 4-6 clementines, to taste
- 1/4 cup Limoncello, chilled
- 1 750 ml bottle of Prosecco, chilled
Mix together the clementine juice and Limoncello then add the Prosecco. Pour into a gorgeous vintage silver water pitcher and serve chilled. Recipe is infinitely scalable.
A note about serving sizes. 750 ml is just over 25 oz. By the time you have added in the juice and Limoncello the quantity yields about 32 oz, which would give you four eight oz. servings. Personally, I’d serve it in smaller glasses – in the photo the glasses hold six oz. and there is about four oz. in each glass.
Know someone who is on the lookout for simple holiday cocktails? Pass this post along.