Hosting Essentials: Crafting the Perfect Cocktail

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When hosting any kind of gathering, there’s one single must-have that can’t be skipped: cocktails. Social drinking is one of the most common activities at parties and has been for as long as time. That’s why when I’m hosting, I make sure to offer a nice variety of options, but not too many leaving guests overwhelmed with choices.

The best way to go about serving your guests is to feature 1-2 signature cocktails, preferably premade so you’re free to mingle once the party begins. Since it’s that time of year, I’ll share the example from my recent friendsgiving gathering where I served Bacardi’s Friendsgiving Punch.

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I have to admit, I hate following recipes. Nine times out of ten, I’ll modify to make it exactly how I like it. Well, this friendsgiving punch was the one out of ten that didn’t need any modification at all. Here’s how I made it:

You’ll Need:
1 part BACARDÍ Gold rum
1 part BACARDÍ Superior rum
3 parts apple cider
2 parts lemonade (sweetened)
1 tsp pumpkin spice pie
4 sticks of cinnamon (garnish)
1 apple cut into slices (garnish)

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Instructions:
In a large punch bowl, combine all ingredients with an ice block.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.
Serve on the rocks.

So super quick and easy…and absolutely delicious! It was a huge hit and I think every single guest asked me for the recipe. It’s surprisingly refreshing, just the slightest bit sweet, and is oh-so-cozily fall. I can’t wait to make it again for my family on Thanksgiving!

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When it comes to serving the cocktails, let the guests serve themselves (another reason to make the cocktails ahead of time!). I like to leave the garnishes out so guests can add them to their own drinks. Not only is it convenient, but it can also add to the decor. If you’re more of a laidback hostess, you can also leave the booze out for those who might want just a touch more.

Do you have a signature cocktail for your gatherings?

Photos by Ryan Carpenter.