Autumn is officially upon us and the holidays are right behind, so I’m in full-on entertaining mode. Festive fall fetes and glamorous wintertime gatherings call for a cocktail spread that’s in ship shape.
Stock up on my essentials for a season’s worth of happy hours, from sleek decanters and colored glassware, to my secret for hosting in small spaces (hint: it’s all about the collapsable table!). You can find all of my favorites for holiday hosting and sneeky necessities on my Open Sky page.
Below you can find a few of my favorite holiday sneaky recipes!
Apple Cinnamon Sangria
When I think of Sangria It brings me way back to working for my mom (patty Powers) in her catering business in Weston, Ct. When I was a kid we were taught how to do everything from opening a bottle of wine, to setting the table to even lighting my dad his daily cigar. Not quite of age yet I learned how to make a tasty batch of sangria.
2 bottles of one white wine and one of red (Don’t pick something too good because it will be getting mixed with all of the items below)
2 Granny Smith apples
2 cups apricot brandy
½ cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
Slice fruit and put in bowl or 2 gallon Ziploc bag with brandy, brown sugar and cinnamon. Soak overnight.
3 oz champagne
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz St. Germaine
1/2 oz Meletti amaro
1/2 lime squeezed
Pour champagne over ice. Add Aperol, St. Germaine, Meletti and lime.
Top off with:
Frozen cranberries, a homemade ice cube, frozen grapes or a small candy cane
Lulu’s Kir Royale
My clients love this festive and flirty drink. Garnish it with a few pomegranate seeds.
1 tablespoon Chambord
6 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine, well-chilled
Pour the Chambord into a Champagne flute and add the Champagne.
Lulu’s Tip: I like to garnish this drink with a dressed-up ice cube. I use long ice cube trays that I find at IKEA. I fill them with filtered water, add pomegranate seeds and sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary, and freeze. They look beautiful floating in the drink. Another fun garnish is a sugared rim: simply moisten the rim of the Champagne flute with water, turn it upside down, and dip it in a bowl of superfine sugar.
Happy Holidays friends and remember, drink responsibly!