Perfect Holiday Pairings
Matching delicious drinks with ideal glasses
By Sebastien Centner
This time of year we attend countless cocktail parties. Set yours apart and channel your inner mixologist with some crafty cocktails. The shape of a glass can often dictate the beverage. For example, coupe glasses are great for slow-sipping champagne cocktails, while cocktail bowls work well for fragrant daiquiris. Martini glasses are an ideal choice for sophisticated gin or vodka-based drinks, while a collins or pilsner are appropriate options for soda-heavy mixes. Be prepared with the tools of the trade: A Michael Aram Goldtone ice bucket and a shaker and jigger (pictured left) from William Ashley China will have your bar looking the part.
Try this recipe for the After Eight
• 1 oz vodka
• 0.5 crème de menthe
• 0.5 crème de cocoa
• 2 oz half and half or milk
• Chocolate shavings, marshmallow and mint to garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, crème de menthe, crème de cocoa and half and half. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and top with a marshmallow, sprinkle of chocolate shavings and mint leaf.
Sebastien Centner is the Director of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, one of Canada’s leading event and catering companies. A regular contributor to Homefront, Sebastien can also be seen on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Morning Show and in Catersource Magazine offering entertaining ideas and inspiration to Canadians across the country. www.eatertainment.com.
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Cocktail menu & styling courtesy of Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders. Special thanks to The One Eighty Venue & Bartender Mark Zerenyi for mixing up these holiday cocktails. All glassware provided by William Ashley China.