Contributed by Stephan Essex
The festive season is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: Lots of parties! If you’re planning on hosting a party or two, this Christmas food and drink inspiration should help you to come up with a great menu. Enjoy!
Spice Up Regular Christmas Dinner Sides
Instead of having standard Christmas dinner sides that you’d see on any traditional Christmas dinner, try spicing them up a little to make them even more delicious. You can find so many tips and recipes online to help you if you need some inspiration, or if you’re a seasoned chef, you can experiment yourself and see what you come up with. One idea that many people just love is Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon, onion, and other bits and pieces. You can include more meat bits if you wish, or even more vegetables to give the dish more flavor. Your Christmas dinner doesn’t need to be the same as every other Christmas dinner you’ve ever been to or eaten. Feel free to get as creative as you can!
Come Up With Your Own Signature Cocktail
Coming up with your own signature cocktail for Christmas parties is a great way to impress your guests. This is likely something that will make the night feel special, so you’ll find your guests talking about it afterwards. If you want to play it safe, you could go for a tried and tested cocktail recipe, such as a Woo Woo or a daiquiri. Just make sure you get high quality ingredients, such as premium rum to make your drinks taste amazing. If you’re feeling a little braver, you can experiment with ingredients and methods of making cocktails yourself. For instance, something that has been shaken up will likely taste different to the same recipe that has simply been stirred. Garnishing with sugar is always a nice touch, and so is adding herbs for decoration. You can even crush herbs into the drink, such as mint, to add a great flavor. You’ll know when you’ve found the right recipe, so make sure you’re ready to taste lots of different cocktails. You should also make sure you focus on the presentation of your cocktail, as this will make it all the more appetizing to your guests. Some flavors that guests will automatically associate with Christmas include cinnamon and cranberry.
Do Something A Little Different
If you’re not making Christmas dinner but you’re throwing a Christmas party, you’re going to need more food inspiration to ensure your guests are happy and well fed. Things like smoked salmon toasts, beetroot dip, and mushroom rolls will add something unique to your party. You can find plenty of healthy and not so healthy recipes online depending on what you want.
Hopefully, you now have a few ideas that will help you put together your festive party. Your guests are bound to be impressed with your creativity, so have fun with it! If you have any tips of your own, leave a comment below. Happy Holidays!
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This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.