Events & Entertaining: Cheers! Holiday Housewarming


Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 11/6/2009

Raise the Bar: Creating the Perfect Set-up

Bowl of Olives

Like remembering names, knowing your guest's cocktail preference is an enviable trait for any hostess. Be prepared for a variety of libation making by taking stock of your liquor offerings before the holiday season gets underway – here is a list of spirits, mixes and barware sure to accommodate a multitude of tastes.

Premium quality Scotch, Tequila, Vodka, Cognac, Rum, Gin, Brandy, an Aperitif, Dry Sherry, a fruit or nutty cordial like Framboise or Amaretto, and an anise-flavored liqueur like Ouzo or Sambuca.

Juices and Purees: Beyond Cranberry, Tomato and Orange Juice, you can add any flavor you like, for example Blood Orange, Pear and Pomegranate.

Sodas: In addition to Club Soda, Tonic Water, Ginger Ale and Cola, try Ginger Beer.

Cocktail and shaker

Fruit & Beyond: In addition to Lemons, Limes and Oranges, try fun flourishes like Candied Ginger, Dried Apple Rings and Pomegranate Seeds. Other garnishes include Olives, Picked Green Beans, and Pearl Onions.

Flavor: Horseradish, Tabasco® Sauce*, Worcestershire sauce

* Tabasco® is a registered trademark of McIlhenny Corporation.