It’s The Holiday Season… to Entertain!

Holiday entertaining with cocktails

Who doesn’t love an excuse to get dressed up and hang out with friends and family? There’s no better time than the holidays. I live in Wisconsin where we just had our first snowfall of the year and it sure does get me in the holiday spirit.

As I prepare to host a big holiday party, I was reminded that I have nowhere near enough glassware for all our guests. Luckily, I can head over to to buy an assortment of entertaining supplies to stock up for my holiday entertaining and cocktails–and you can, too!

Glassware Essentials

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make during holiday parties. I hope you enjoy!

Perfect Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Classic Champagne Cocktail, as found on


  • 1 sugar cube
  • Angostura bitters
  • Champagne
  • Lemon or orange twist, for garnish

Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters and drop into a champagne flute. Top with a luxury champagne or a sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.

Apple Martini, as told to Food Network


  • 2 trays ice
  • ¼ liter vodka
  • ½ liter sour apple mix
  • Splash sweet vermouth
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced

In a medium pitcher, combine ice, vodka, sour apple mix, and vermouth. Stir thoroughly. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with apple slice. Serve immediately.

Classic Old Fashioned, as found on


  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1.5 fluid ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 orange slice, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

Pour the simple syrup, water, and bitters into a whiskey glass. Stir to combine, then place the ice cubes in the glass. Pour bourbon over the ice and garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.

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