Peppermint Cran Spritz

by James Stevenson

Top Five Festive Hosting Tips

If you are honored to be hosting a holiday party this year, I’m here to help make sure yours is the best one of the season! I partnered with Smirnoff to share my top five festive hosting tips to make your life easier.

  1. The most important thing is to have a festive cocktail ready to go that’s easy to put together with a fun garnish.
  2. It’s always important to make any necessary syrups ahead of time and also to prepare fun batched cocktails so you’re free to have fun through the evening.
  3. Design a festive cocktail beverage station where guests can make their own simple cocktails.
  4. Make sure you always have more ice than you think you will need by buying bags from the grocery store.
  5. It’s OK to mix and match glassware for easy entertaining so you don’t have to buy new glassware.

If you need some inspiration, below is a great festive cocktail to put together for the beverage station or as a simple welcome cocktail that can be prepared ahead of time!

Recipe:

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • Top with club soda

Method:

  1. Combine Smirnoff Peppermint Twist, cranberry juice and orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Strain into a stemless wine glass with ice
  4. Top with club soda
  5. Garnish with skewered cranberries

And finally, enjoy with friends and family all holiday season long!

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