Nothing simplifies holiday hosting more than a bar cart. When guests can serve themselves all night, everyone wins! We recommend a bar cart on wheels, which allows it to move where the party moves and then back to the kitchen when items need replenishing. Three staples our bar cart always has? Cointreau, a base spirit like vodka and fresh fruit! When mixing up a variety of cocktails for your guests this holiday, Cointreau is a must-have. This iconic orange liqueur is at the heart of more than 350 of the world’s most celebrated cocktails, including The Original Margarita, The Cosmopolitan, and The Sidecar. It pairs perfectly with any base spirit to mix up a classic cocktail.
Cointreau Cocktail Hour
Cointreau Cocktail Hour
Home is where Cocktail Hour is and this year especially, our humble abodes will become the most sought-after holiday destinations. While the season may look a little different this year, we are reimagining what it means to be Home for the Holidays with new exclusive Cointreau cocktail recipes, holiday hosting how-tos, bar cart styling tips and more.
Holiday Hosting Guide
Cointreau has collaborated with The Home Edit to provide unique ways to elevate your holidays while embracing the joy of time spent at home. Hollywood favorites Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are not only interior design mavens, best-selling authors and Netflix darlings but also self-proclaimed cocktail enthusiasts, ready to inspire your seasonal celebrations and next Cocktail Hour with Cointreau.Download The Holiday Hosting Guide
Create a signature cocktail for the night, display the recipe and invite your guests to channel their inner mixologist. Set up all the ingredients ahead of time, including an ice bucket, and any garnishes, glasses, and tools that are needed. We also suggest prepping a batch ahead of time and welcoming guests with the cocktail as they arrive. One of my favorites is “Everything’s Coming Up Rose” from Cointreau, it’s the perfect go-to bubbly cocktail to celebrate any occasion. It’s easy to create and engaging for any virtual guests, knowing this holiday season may look different for gatherings. Set up an area in the main entertaining space with a screen (tablet or laptop) to make your virtual guests still feel a part of the festivities.
When it comes to styling your bar cart, stick to the same color palette as your signature cocktail. Incorporate items such as linen napkins, colored straws, floral garland, candles and decorative glassware. For example, a Cosmopolitan is the perfect shade of blush pink, which you can play off of for decor, and mix with holiday shades of deeper reds and greens. You can also utilize risers and turntables on the bar cart to maximize space and provide easier accessibility, while also creating some depth and height. It’s best to also think about the cocktails your guests will make and the steps that go into it, ensuring the set-up provides a seamless flow (pro-tip: create small cards to place throughout the cart walking guests through each step). Going the extra mile with your bar cart allows for a fun and unique focal point in the room and it also makes for a great Instagrammable moment.
When cocktails are involved, light snacks should be too. You can never go wrong with some hors d’oeuvres that are assembly-only, such as a charcuterie board! Mix it up with a variety of nuts, cheeses, crackers, dried or fresh fruit, honey or jams and more. We love creating these large boards and platters for parties as they cater to a variety of taste buds, and you can really tailor the board to complement your holiday cocktail offerings. We’re loving , The Color Coded Cosmo, an exclusive Cosmopolitan-inspired cocktail we created with Cointreau. With this, we’d serve a light and effervescent salad with a tangy vinaigrette to balance the sweetness of the cocktail and complement Cointreau’s flavor profiles.
Through the years, we have found that it’s a game-changer to have a go-to holiday giftable on hand at home and to keep a few ready to gift whenever and wherever you need. One of our favorite gifts is a chic cocktail kit that has everything you need to make the perfect Classic Cosmopolitan or The Original Margarita... a bottle of Cointreau, a bottle of vodka or tequila, cranberry or lime juice, salt, recipe cards, a shaker and a citrus squeezer! You really can’t go wrong with a beautifully curated cocktail kit and if you are really feeling creative, you can customize these with fun gift boxes, baskets and holiday cards too.