poring cocktails



The party starts at eight, but you’re running behind. Set up drink stations and allow guests to fix their own drinks based on what they want. No party is complete without having just the right blend of drinks. Here are some easy cocktails that will be the highlights of your party.


Vintage Is Always in Style

Stock your drink station with the makings for Cognac Sparklers. Sparkling apple cider and a dash of bitters pair well with cognac to create the perfect combination. Spice up a cosmopolitan with cranberry and orange infused vodka to create a memorable twist on a popular option. And vintage wouldn’t be vintage without the makings for an Old Fashioned – bourbon, bitters, sugar, and club soda. These are easy standbys your guests will be looking for.


A Taste of the Tropical

Even in the dead of winter, it’s fun to dream of more tropical locations and flavors. Let your guests taste a sense of escape by preparing a Caribbean Punch. Rum, lime, and pineapple juices and a few other ingredients make this an easy choice. Vodka, amaretto, crème de cacao, cream of coconut, and heavy cream all in equal amounts make Kokomos, a quick and simple recipe for any occasion. And nothing says tropical like a Pina Colada. Ice, coconut cream or milk, dark or white rum, diced pineapple and juice, and don’t forget the garnish!


Warm It Up

Of course, on a cold night, nothing is more welcome than a hot drink. A hot buttered rum is perfect for any cold winter party. This recipe for a Hot Night in Normandy will leave everyone wanting to try it. A spiked hot chocolate will warm you in every way. Start with a rich, sweet hot cocoa and add a bit of bourbon for that extra kick. Or substitute Kahlua and peppermint schnapps with the bourbon for a more complex flavor. Every drink tastes better when it’s served in a Rita Rims party cup, so be sure to stock up in advance.