Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tips: The House Drink

Having a party? Having a group of (over 21 years old) friends over where drinks are needed? You could buy lots of different drinks to try and have everyone satisfied, but that will wind up costing you an arm and a leg and potentially mixing drinks for your guests instead of interacting with them.  Out of the potential drinks you can do one of the easiest and most gathering friendly is the sangria.  Made of white or red wine and fruit, the sangria can be made in advance and chilled (for white wine) or served room temperature for red.  For the wine I like Yellow Tail.  All the varieties I've had have been good with the Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon being my favorite choices.  You can also regularly find the large bottles for under $10 making them a great deal.

If you are doing a red wine sangria apples and berries (strawberry, blueberry, cherry, etc) are the fruits I would use.  Fresh and frozen work equally as well so buy what is cheapest.

For a white wine sangria you can use apples, berries, and also some citrus if you like so feel free to add some orange to it for a nice presentation.  Frozen berries are especially nice with the white wine because it will chill the sangria without you having to add ice.

If you chose to do a liquor based drink do one that can  be made ahead in a large batch and have the cups and pitcher out for the guests to serve themselves.  A mojito or a hard arnold palmer (lemonade, tea, and citrus alcohol) would be great choices here.

The most important thing is that you enjoy your guests and the party that you have worked hard on.  By having a drink that is prepared and you don't have to think about you will have more time to focus on what really matters.

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