November 13, 2019
If you’re the type of person who throws awesome holiday parties you’ll want to make sure your supplies are in order. But if you’re attending parties this holiday season, you’ll want to plan ahead for that too. Here’s our top holiday tips when it comes to sipping the spirits, wines and beers of the season.
Stock Up the Bar
Key to any holiday party, of course, is making sure the liquor cabinet and wine fridge are stocked with the basics for holiday drink-making. Having vodka, gin, rum, rye and a nice liqueur on hand are all key to being able to serve your guests their favourite cocktail.
If your crowd is more of a wine group, head to Co-op Wine Spirits Beer and ask one of the sommeliers to recommend a few crowd-pleaser bottles. It can also be a good idea to pick up a few extra bottles in case you need some wine to bring to a last-minute party or to a friend’s for a holiday sit-down dinner.
When it’s beer that’s dear to your crew, Co-op’s walk-in beer coolers are stocked with everything from international favourites to all the newest local craft brews. Dive right in and choose a few six-packs or even select a bunch of single cans for sampling.
Mark the Days with a Liquor Advent Calendar
A great way to make the holiday season fun and festive–whether for yourself or to give as a gift—is a liquor advent calendar.
Advent calendars can differ based on the maker, but expect small sample-sized bottles behind each daily door. It makes for fun experimentation from December 1st to 24th.
Grab ‘Airline Bottles’ for Stocking Stuffers or Goodie Bags
Those tiny bottles aren’t just for airplane travelers. Mini bottles of booze, usually found near the tills are a great way to sample certain liquors without needing to spend on a whole bottle. Those little minis are also fun for adult stocking stuffers, or to hide inside custom-made Christmas crackers.
Be Guest-ready with Gift Bags
If you’re generous and sending everyone home with a bottle of wine after your party, or you’re taking a bottle of wine to your seasonal parties, consider picking up some inexpensive yet good-quality wine bags that are easy to carry so you don’t risk dropping the bottles. Not only are these easier to carry than holding your bottle by the neck on those icy sidewalks, but they give your wee gift a polished look that says, “we’re thinking of you.”
Pick Up Wine Accessories for Yourself or As A Gift
If you’re a white wine drinker but get frustrated when it isn’t the right temperature, a Corkcicle wine chiller (or similar brand) may be what you need. This tool is extremely useful and negates the need for an ice bucket. These simply need to be put in the freezer and then dropped into the wine bottles like a giant chilled stopper. The temperature of the wine will remain just right, so ditch the original cork and pop in one of these.
Ice moulds are great tools and make wonderful gifts. They work the same way as normal ice cube trays, though they’re often made of silicone, and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Big cubes or spheres that don’t melt into the booze so fast area a great option, but so are fun shapes. Permanent cubes made of steel are also a nice option for the Scotch drinkers out there, who don’t want melting ice to sully their sips.
Your neighborhood Co-op Wine Spirits Beer store will also have other necessities such as corkscrews, ice, stoppers, swizzle sticks, plastic cups, and straws.
Glassware is an Unexpected Hostess Gift
The holidays are a nice time to replenish the glassware. If you’re no longer in possession of a matching set of wine or rocks glasses, now’s the time to get a nice new set. Or head to a local discounter or department store and pick up a more inexpensive set that you won’t be concerned about, should a guest let one slip.
With a fully stocked bar, and some gifts that are ready to give, you can count on being set for the holidays. Just head to your local Co-op Wine Spirits Beer store for all your prepor those last minute gift ideas.
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