Liqueurs and vermouths are modifiers that work well in cocktails, or even sipped as they are. On top of what you need for your menu, perhaps add orange, peppermint, coffee, chocolate or a cream liqueur for seasonal flair. Bitters will season a cocktail and give it complexity. Add some juices, mixes and sparkling water to extend your options. Finally, don’t forget the garnishes, like citrus slices, fresh fruit, artisanal cherries and olives, plus, seasonal herbs and holiday warming spices for visual appeal, aroma and flavour. Other Considerations Not everyone is into cocktails, so have red, white and sparkling wine on hand, along with a selection of beer (mix packs are perfect). Make sure that water and alcohol-free options are also part of your overall plan. Tools An ice bucket and tongs, corkscrew with bottle opener, cutting board and knife, jigger, strainer, cocktail shaker, mixing glass and stirring spoon will all come in handy when making cocktails. Use a chopstick if you don’t want to purchase a bar spoon. For glassware, include mugs for warm drinks, wine glasses and a selection of cocktail glasses to suit your menu. Chill Out Make sure you have more fresh ice than you think you will need. Please don’t use the ice that’s been in your freezer forever; it smells and tastes bad, and no one is excited about heading out to buy more ice during a party. You’re not opening a cocktail bar, so you can either keep your holiday bar simple or splurge on the seemingly endless options— it’s up to you and your wallet. Remember to drink responsibly and ensure your guests have a safe way to get home if they’ve been drinking. Enjoy your holiday celebrations!

SPICED RUM SOUR 1 egg white 1½ oz (45 ml) Bacardí Spiced Rum ¾ oz (22 ml) Simple Syrup * ¾ oz (22 ml) fresh lemon juice 1 pod star anise, for garnish Chill a cocktail coupe in freezer for 5 minutes. In a cocktail shaker, combine egg white, spiced rum, Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with star anise.

ingredient in Spiced Rum Sour

BACARDÍ SPICED RUM USA $28.99 105781 Seasonal flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of honey are complemented by the subtle notes of almond and dried fruits in this caramel-like, vanilla-laden rum.

* 1:1 ratio of granulated sugar dissolved in boiling water. Allow to cool before using.



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