Holiday Cocktails

December 29, 2009 9:43:12 AM PST
One of the world's fastest bartenders (last year, he broke the Guinness World Record for most cocktails made in an hour) has created a series of holiday mixology and home entertainment tips that can help ensure guests are not disappointed at holiday and New Year's Eve parties this season:
  • Mistakes every home bartender makes (and how to avoid them)
  • End of year cocktail trends
  • Never fail Christmas and/or New Year's Eve party beverages
  • Recipes:

    Kiss me Cocktail
    2 part Red Stag by Jim Beam? Bourbon
    1 part Strawberry Liqueur
    1 part Passion Fruit Juice
    Champagne
    Pour all but champagne into a punch bowl with large balls of ice*. Have champagne on ice beside punch bowl. To serve, ladle mixture into Champagne Flutes and top with Champagne. Garnish with a strawberry or lemon twist on the rim.

    Smooth Celebrator
    2 part Raspberry Vodka
    1 part Guava Rum
    2 part Cranberry Juice
    Champagne
    Pour all but champagne into a punch bowl with large balls of ice*. Have champagne on ice beside punch bowl. To serve, ladle mixture into Champagne Flutes and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim.

    Red Stag Toddy
    1.5 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam? Bourbon
    1 cherry
    1 half moon orange slice
    2 pieces of clove
    In a pre-heated coffee mug, muddle the clove, cherry and orange. Pour in Red Stag by Jim Beam and top with steaming hot water.

    Caribbean Celebration
    2 part Aged Light Rum
    1 part Mango Rum
    1 part Fresh OJ
    Champagne
    Pour all but champagne into a punch bowl with large balls of ice*. Have champagne on ice beside punch bowl. To serve, ladle mixture into Champagne Flutes and top with Champagne.

    D.S. Punch
    (Drink Smart)
    2 part Mango Juice
    1 part pomegranate juice
    ½ part Fresh Lemon Sour
    Sparking Apple Cider or Sparkling Grape Juice, Club Soda or Ginger Ale
    Pour all but mixer into a punch bowl with large balls of ice*. Have mixer on ice beside punch bowl. To serve, ladle mixture into Champagne Flutes and top with mixer of choice. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge on the rim.

    * To make ice balls simple, fill balloons with water and suspend from the rack in freezer until frozen (OK maybe more of a teardrop shape than a ball, but still very fun!)

    Tips for a Perfect Party

  • Plan in Advance for Successful Cocktails. Offer one "signature" party drink and back it up with 1-2 additional choices. Planning reduces the risk of serving an unsuccessful cocktail and your guests will appreciate the quality and consistency of the selections.
  • Skip the Complicated Recipes. Pick simple, festive drinks with only 2 or 3 steps and consider options that can be made in big batches so you're not stuck behind the bar all night mixing. For the whiskey drinker, choose a Red Stag Toddy as a warm treat for this cold winter weather.
  • Talk to Your Guests. Don't over pour ? be sure to ask your guests about their preferences and provide an option for those who want the flavor without too much alcohol. Also, serve food so guests don't drink on an empty stomach and provide non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers and those who choose not to drink.
  • Keep Water Handy. In a large, crowded room, have plenty of pitchers of water nearby so people can stay hydrated.
  • Trends for This Year

  • Mad Men Created A Trend. Think 1960s New York: the classics are back. Serve your guests punches and hot toddys and take them back to the golden days of the cocktail.
  • The Details Make The Party. Choose the right glasses for your drinks. Manhattans are best served in a martini glass. Serve a Red Stag and cola in a highball glass.
  • Know Your Ice. Whether crushed, cubed, thin or thick, know which type of ice matches-up best with each particular cocktail you serve.
  • About Bobby Gleason

    Known as one of the world's fastest bartenders, Bobby "G" has been tending bars and creating delicious drinks since 1984. He has been published in Penthouse, Market Watch, Nightclub & Bar Magazine and is a regular contributor to Las Vegas Magazine. He has also appeared on E! Entertainment Television, CNBC and the Travel Channel.

    His most recent accomplishment came in February of 2008, when Bobby broke the Guinness World Record for Most Cocktails Made in an Hour. He shattered the previous record of 179 setting the new record at 253 different cocktails! Now as the Master Mixologist & Manager of On-Premise Sales Training for Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Bobby is currently sharing his expertise across the nation by training Bartenders everywhere about spirits, cocktails, and proper barmanship.

    A recent interview featuring Bobby Gleason can be viewed here: kdka.com/video/?id=65176@kdka.dayport.com


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