But, when in a diverse crowd, it's tough to choose something that everyone will actually covet (which really is the point). So, this year for the annual Nashville Lifestyles' holiday gathering, we opted to narrow the options just a bit. Our 'Dirty Santa' game involved only cocktails. No crazy serving platters or napkin rings that might be tossed or re-gifted, but instead we each brought our favorite cocktail recipe along with all of the ingredients. It was a smashing success. Everyone had a blast, gathered inspiration for new libations and wanted every take home gift.
|Wrapped up in the scarf is Tanqueray Gin, my favorite Prosecco, a lovely bottle of |
simple syrup from Williams Sonoma and lemons.
I took the challenge seriously and went 'all out' in putting my package together. My drink of choice was the FRENCH 75. I chose premium spirits wrapped in a French scarf tied with a keepsake ribbon. It was so much fun to put together, and I was thrilled to see it 'stolen' the maximum of 3 times during our game. Others in the group came up with their own fun mixes- -everything from a beer with fresh oranges to a Cosmopolitan package complete with a gorgeous martini glass and homemade infused cranberry vodka. I actually ended up with a fab contribution from the pile--"Sex on the Beach" -- complete with vodka, peach schnapps, OJ and a beach towel.
|The French 75|
1 oz dry gin
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Shake the first 3 ingredients vigorously with ice in a shaker. Pour into a coup glass and top with the bubbly.
If you're short on ideas on what to give your friends or just want a fun take on gifting, this is something that will work for almost anyone. Whether you provide the ingredients and glassware for a Manhattan or an Irish Coffee, it's sure to be a hit. Have fun with it... and do share your variations on the Southern Sophisticate!