Hello you lovely lot and welcome to my NYE party series! This instalment is all about the drinks, now I’m not exactly great at drinks and cocktails (my specialty in the past has been fish bowls of sex on the beach) so I asked my lovely friend Kat from the Boozy Housewife to give me a hand with this post because she is an expert! So this part is written by her and I am so grateful for her help! Make sure you follow and check out her blog and send her some love! Enjoy.
I can’t think of a better time to go all out on cocktail service than at New Years. Celebrating the year gone by and reveling in the possiblities of the year to come, dreams of prosperity, and accomplishment, and all the ways you are going to be a better you starting… tomorrow. Yes. We start all that tomorrow, tonight, we party!
I love the idea of a glamourous NYE celebration. The best way to make it glitzy is to serve some dazzleing libations!
In this guide I will outline what you need for a basic bar service set up, including, glassware, garnishes and mixers in addition to ideas for your bar station. I will also be including four festive cocktail recipes, two that you can batch out, and two signature cocktails. I will also give you tips on service that will ensure that your cocktails are top notch whether you plan on tending bar for your guests, or letting them serve themselves.
Basic Bar Setup.
Spirits: Make sure you have plenty of spirits on hand for whatever you plan to serve. It is always good to have extra Vodka, Gin, and or Whiskey on hand to make basic mixed drinks and for shots. You don’t need to have everything, but make sure you have whatever your featured drinks call for, and go with extra on whatever is a general favorite for the people on your guest list.
Beer and Wine: Have a bottle of red and a bottle of white on hand for wine drinkers. No need to have an extensive collection of wine. If your guests drink something specific, they will probably bring it themselves. I find that a decent Cabernet and a decent Chardonnay usually fit the bill perfectly. For beer, I usually stock a case of domestic, and then call a Pot Luck on craft beer and microbrews. This allows the beer snobs on your guest list to bring something interesting to share, and lets you off the hook for the guesswork involved in shopping for beer.
Mixers and Garnishes: Make sure you have plenty of whatever your featured cocktails call for, and in addition to this, have some sliced lemons and limes, as well as a jar of cherries, and one of olives. For mixers, you need club soda, quinine (tonic), cola, and a juice or two, I usually go for cranberry, and orange juices.
Glassware: This is where it gets tricky. Do you want to have actual glasses that will need washing? If so, do you have enough for your guests? You can also purchase disposable cocktail glasses at party supply stores. If you are going to purchase disposables, go for basic 5-8 ounce cocktail cups, these should be smaller at the base, and wider around the rim. These will serve for both martini style cocktails as well as mixed drinks. You will probably also want some plastic shot glasses as well as flutes for the midnight toast.
I always tend bar for my guests, it cuts down on the mess and waste, and I know the cocktails taste great. I can also maintain an idea of when people have had a little too much. If you don’t wish to man the bar all night, you can still make sure your guests get to drink that fantastic cocktail you have planned.
Firstly, you can batch out some cocktails, meaning, you can provide a large bowl or pitcher full of a premixed drink, all your guest needs to do, is put ice in a glass and serve themselves. Some cocktails can’t be batched. For those, you could make a neatly lettered, decorative notecard, with the recipe for your cocktail, frame it, and set it on your bar with your spirits. That way, they can make their own. If you are going this route, it would be helpful to have a jigger on hand so they can easily measure out their spirits.
Now, without further ado, here are some ideas for cocktails.
Minty Moscow Jenny (serves 10)
3 Cups Vodka
1/2 Cup lime juice
3/4 mint tea (brewed)
1/8 Cup Agave nectar
4 Cups ginger beer, chilled
lime slices and mint leaves for garnish
Combine Vodka, lime juice, mint tea and agave nectar in a punch bowl or large pitcher, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours, add ginger beer just prior to service. Serve over ice, with a lime slice and a mint leaf garnish.
Green Fairy Punch (serves 10)
2 ounces Absinthe
2 ounces simple syrup
3 ounces Orange Curacao
750 ml bottle of dry champagne
Combine Absinthe, simple syrup, and Curacao in a shaker and shake well. Combine everything in a punch bowl, stir, float orange slices, ladle serve over ice. Garnish with orange peels.
2 ounces London dry gin
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Champagne
lemon twist for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake well, and strain into a large champagne flute. Top with Champagne, garnish with twist.
2 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Chambord
1 ounce pineapple juice
lemon twist for garnish
Combine vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake well, strain into martini or cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist.
I hope you got some good ideas here, and that your party is the best ever! Happy New Year from The Boozy Housewife!
Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon. Alex x