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By Crystal Baldwin
A New Years party seems easy enough, put out appetizers, buy some hats and noisemakers...don't forget your new dress and shoes! But then there is the hard part...the show of the evening which is - your cocktails!
Yes, alcohol is center stage at many parties...Fourth of July, summer cookouts, birthday celebrations and more. But, New Years is the grand party when it comes to drinks. People plan on drinking and usually stick with one drink for the evening (maybe a glass of wine to get started) so, what you serve is the show stopper of the evening. Plan on giving them some more choices this year.
If you have some fun twists on old favorites it does spice things up and leave people talking about what a great party it was for sure. Changing things up can be easier than you think and a lot of fun. This is the time to get creative and have fun while wowing your guests.
Remember to have mocktail options for the non-drinkers and also for a safe holiday... have NA options that people can switch to so that they can continue hanging and partying without getting past the safe driving zone (Ritual Zero Proof Alcohol mixers and Joyus NA Wines makes great NA drinks that allows you to continue the fun and avoid the jail time).
Here are 6 fun Cocktails & Mocktails to add to the menu this year...
For Simple Syrup
It doesn't get easier than this...place the water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until the sugar dissolves and the water turns clear. Remove from heat and let it cool before storing in a pour bottle in the fridge. Mark it as simple syrup (so your guest don't think its liquor).
For the Margarita
Obviously if you are throwing a party you will want to make a larger quantity. This is a easy one to make ahead and store the pitcher in the fridge. leave out the sparkling wine and add when serving.
Follow Directions above, adding the sparkling seltzer at the end and stir
I'm not going to give you directions to make your own spiced wine mix because this is cheaper and so much easier! We have used the Lush spiced wine mixes and from experience we know they are the absolute best.
Lush makes their mixers from fresh, organic fruits and herbs that are freeze dried and powdered...you just add the wine and water (yes you need the water because the mix is strong and it won't dilute your wine) and you are all set. Pour your mix into a heat proof pitcher and go enjoy your party...its that easy!
We love this lush spiced wine mixer but we have to tell you when you use the lush mixer with the Joyus NA cabernet sauvignon, you can't tell the difference from the real thing!
The flavor is full and robust and it feels just like you are drinking a deep red blend with the spices!
Follow the directions as above but replace the red wine with Joyus NA Cabernet Sauvignon.
Super easy and another great way to use up those fresh cranberries! All you need is some cranberry juice and a few fresh berries and rosemary for garnish and voila! Instant cocktail
There you have it, 6 fun recipes with and without alcohol. Use these and add your own twist to the recipe. Whatever you do have fun, enjoy and be safe. Encourage your guests to switch to the NA drinks when it's time...give them a little taste so they know it will be good.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Print Recipes HERE
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So what exactly is in this vegan queso? The main ingredient here is sweet potatoes! Don't worry, if your not wild about he taste or texture of a sweet potato, this dish gets so transformed you can't even tell it is full of them. It just becomes creamy, smooth textured and full of spices and flavor.
If you need a break from cooking between the holidays or you still have a house full of people to feed and need a quick and easy meal...it doesn't get much easier than this dish!
If you have leftover shrimp cocktail from a party and want to use it up, you can do that with this dish as well. If not, grab a bag of uncooked shrimp from the freezer and get your dinner done in about 20 minutes.
Do you want to throw a great party and actually enjoy the party and your friends? I can't tell you how many party's I have thrown where I spent the whole evening in the kitchen, heating food, refilling trays, making drinks and not really having fun or spending time with the people I love.
Don't get me wrong, I have put on small parties for just two friends where I can spend time in the kitchen and time with my company and I want to cook up foods that need attention.
However, when throwing a larger party, like during the holidays I have found that making it simple so I can have fun too is a much better way to go!
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