Mulled wine

Signature Cocktails for Winter

Throwing a party isn’t all about the food. A lot of the charm of a great party is in the decor, music, lighting, and of course, cocktails. People love theme parties, especially when the cocktail matches the theme. My first rule for a memorable party is to create a signature cocktail (or two).

Remember to have a fun non alcoholic option for teetotalers, and always make a pitcher or two ahead of time so that you don’t spend your whole party playing bartender. Some people think those cocktail charms you hang on your glasses are cheesy, but I think they are cute and really do help people keep track of their drinks. I also like those humorous, off-color cocktail napkins. Why not give your guests something to talk (and laugh) about?

These are some of my favorite cocktails to whip up during the winter months for the holidays:

1. Mulled Wine or Cider

Gently heat wine or cider on low heat in a pot on the stove with whole spices like cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and whole cloves. Strain and serve in mugs.

2. Kir Royales

Serve these on New Year’s Eve: top glasses of champagne with splashes of creme de cassis.

3. Peppermint Martinis

Combine Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka and a splash of peppermint schnapps with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Rim a martini glass with water and crushed candy cane. Strain the drink into a glass and garnish with a peppermint stick.

Cheers! xo