December 27, 2017
The food is picked out, your place is all set up, you even have a sweet playlist ready. Now all you need to figure out is the drink situation. Nobody wants to play bartender on New Year’s Eve, especially at their own party, so what does a person do in this situation? They turn to our New Year’s drinks guide, of course!
Make a DIY Cocktail Station
We recommend setting up a make-your-own signature cocktail station. Just find a recipe, print it out, and put it on a decorated table with glassware and all the needed tools. This frees you up to mix and mingle at your party while giving eager guests a task when they ask if there’s anything they can do to help. Remember, drink responsibly.
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Retro cocktails are making a comeback. Bourbon is emerging as a favourite among discriminating and casual sippers alike. This takes on new meaning during the winter, since bourbon’s rich style is great for hearty, warming cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans.
Pair Some Wine
When serving finger foods and appetizers, choose a wine in the middle of the flavour spectrum. Stay away from polarizing wine styles—you don’t want anything too sweet or oaky. White and red blends, especially those from BC, California, and Australia, often work well. Specifically, Burrowing Owl makes a blend called Calliope that tastes excellent and isn’t super expensive, making it great for gatherings. If serving cheese, look for Chasselas, pinot blanc, or pinot gris. They are the ultimate party wines, working well with appetizers—namely cheese. And of course, don’t forget the most important bottle of the night, the sparkling wine—read all about the different kinds of bubbles here and remember to aim away from anything glass when midnight comes!
And we can’t forget having some beer in the fridge. Check out these sampler packs from Canadian craft brewers, perfect for entertaining when you don’t know everyone’s individual tastes.
So there you have it, New Year’s Eve is planned. Now stock your fridge, choose your outfit, and have some good, responsible fun!
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