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The perfect cocktail menu for every type of vacation

By on December 1, 2021 0

Imagine with us: you are organizing your first holiday cocktail party in what is in fact years. You don’t quite know how to socialize again and you start to go around in circles (welcome to the club!). Then you watch your guests start to gravitate towards the bar and something changes. Your best friend pours a cup of punch for someone she just met, two acquaintances bond around a shared secret (they’re only there for the food) and a typically silent friend suddenly feasts on a small crowd of friends. ‘past vacation stories. Look at this: you host! Listen, we get it. Getting back into the party spirit is weird after such a long break, which is why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Read on for our favorite cocktail menus.

TBH, the party continues

Sometimes the party goes on until the next day, which is what inspired this menu. It starts with the carbohydrates needed to ease the shock of last night’s decisions. We’re talking sweet and savory scones that balance caramelized dates with funky gorgonzola and egg curry toast that your guests can assemble on their own right out of bed. But the star of this menu picks up where the party left off: a celery and salty lemon soda, anchored by the most ridiculous (and uplifting) garnish – whatever canned seafood you have ( mussels, boquerones), pickled peppers, a cube of Manchego, and a large lemon wedge. Ah, the holidays.

Celery and Salted Lemon Cocktail

This brunch cocktail uses 8 stalks of celery, so if you ignore the vodka, it’s basically spa water.

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Gorgonzola Date Scones Recipe

Date and gorgonzola scones

As good with a cocktail as they do with tea or coffee, these mostly savory scones are perfect for a doggy brunch when the party continues into the next day.

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Curried egg toast recipe

Curry Egg Toast

The fried bread is good. A slice of fried bread stacked with a creamy curried egg salad is even better.

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My family “just passed”

Sometimes your people come unexpectedly and are hungry and you need to get your act together quickly (i.e. before Aunt Mabel starts giving everyone her unsolicited opinions). The key to unlocking this improvised intimacy is a festive (and bottomless) punch paired with satisfying snacks that come together while everyone bustles around the kitchen watching you cook: a maple pot-za ‘ atar and a bubbling pan of French – an onion soup-inspired dip.

Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe

Cranberry Rum Punch

This rum punch is super simple to make, but the cranberry ice cream gives it a deceptively fancy feel, also serving as a festive garnish and temperature control.

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Creamy Onion Dip Recipe

Creamy Onion Dip

The child in love with French onion soup and French onion dip. Need we say more?

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MapleZaatar Kettle Corn Recipe

Maple-Za’atar Pot Corn

Kettle corn is undeniably delicious, so there’s no reason to worry about it, unless the alternative is absolutely mind blowing. Enter this maple za’atar kettle corn.

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I just wanna chill with my number one

If having just a few friends is your speed, we’ve got you covered. Not all cocktails have to be loud or even watered down. Instead, invite your group over (remember that ?!) Catch up and stay lucid all night long with this spicy zero-proof blood orange shrub (but if you want a little something extra add just 1.5 ounces of vodka or whiskey in each glass). Here we take things slow, dive into conversations we missed, munch on fried olives and meat kebabs, and let the night guide us.

Spicy Blood Orange Shrub Recipe

Spicy blood orange shrub

Refreshing, alcohol-free (but don’t call it an alcohol-free cocktail) and a noble fate for that sack of citrus lying around in the fridge.

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Crispy olives with Calabrian chili sauce

Crispy olives with Calabrian chili sauce

Switch the olives from a snack to a PARTY snack by coating them in panko and frying them until golden brown and crisp.

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Pepper Antipasto Skewers Recipe

Pepper Antipasto Skewers

The rib eye makes these antipasto skewers extra special, but there’s plenty of room to play with the protein, cheese, and brine chunks.

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