If you’re hosting a party or get-together this holiday season, you’ve probably already thought about delicious appetizers and holiday snacks. But how much time have you spent thinking about the bar cart? While you want to provide guests with yummy eats and non-alcoholic refreshments, adding a custom cocktail or two can make your night extra special.
Ina Garten is all about pairing good food with delicious cocktails. So, if you want to host like the Barefoot Contessa, try serving one of her drink recipes to friends and family this holiday season. Watch Ina Garten on Be My Guest With Ina Garten and The Barefoot Contessa Food Network Canada. Stream Live or On-Demand with STACKTV. Try it free today!
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A Kir Royale is a French cocktail made from white wine and crème de cassis. This aperitif is a little more festive because it uses champagne as the base. Serve it to ring in the new year or just to celebrate all of the good people in your life.
Another classic champagne cocktail that adds some extra sparkle to any shindig is this French drink. It’s named after a field gun from the First World War and sounds fancy when you offer it up, but it’s super easy to make if you’ve got lemons and simple syrup on hand.
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Fresh Whiskey Sours
Instead of reaching for a pre-made cocktail mix this season, stock up on citrus fruit and make these fresh whiskey sours instead. Lemon, lime and simple syrup transform each glass into something special, especially when you garnish these drinks with a maraschino cherry or a fresh orange slice.
Cosmos are a festive way to kick off any evening, plus they’re super easy to whip up and replenish when guests want more. If you want to make this recipe even more holiday-inspired, sub gin for the vodka and serve up gin cosmos instead.
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Sangria is always a hit, and it’s perfect to pour into a pitcher before guests arrive. Ina’s rose version is still seasonal thanks to the addition of pomegranate juice and Grand Marnier, plus the recipe is easy to double if you’re serving a larger crowd.
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Limoncello Vodka Collins
Add some life to the party with crowd-pleasing limoncello, that zesty Italian liqueur so many turn to for a digestif following a good meal. Here, Ina uses it as the flavouring for a refreshing classic Collins with vodka and sparkling water.
Grab some limes and warm up with these spicy yet zesty margaritas, which can be served by the glass or in a pitcher. These drinks are fresher than ones made from a pre-made mix, but they still come together in a matter of minutes.
Lean into the holiday season with these bright and cheery gimlets, which combine gin and pomegranate juice for a festive sip. Ina likes to garnish hers with fresh lime slices and pomegranate seeds, but you could also add an orange or lemon slice for extra flair.
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This Italian sunset in a glass has been around since the 1950s but has become super popular over the past few years. Luckily, these drinks are also quite easy to whip up once you stock up on Prosecco and Aperol, which are readily available at most liquor stores.
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Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
Sometimes the most refreshing holiday cocktails are the ones that cool you down when the party starts to heat up. That’s where these icy grapefruit margaritas come in handy. The grapefruit-lime combo is tart yet refreshing when crushed with ice and a hint of orange.