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Entertaining during the holidays hasn't changed, but how you entertain certainly can. Bend the rules, turn tradition upside down and create party-host-envy this holiday season by introducing unconventional cocktail customs into your party. Consider these festive ideas:
Entertaining tips for the holiday trendsetter 120308 AE 2 Capital City Weekly Entertaining during the holidays hasn't changed, but how you entertain certainly can. Bend the rules, turn tradition upside down and create party-host-envy this holiday season by introducing unconventional cocktail customs into your party. Consider these festive ideas:

For a creative holiday, try pairing a raspberry-flavored vodka with a high-quality dark chocolate.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Story last updated at 12/3/2008 - 2:02 pm

Entertaining tips for the holiday trendsetter

Entertaining during the holidays hasn't changed, but how you entertain certainly can. Bend the rules, turn tradition upside down and create party-host-envy this holiday season by introducing unconventional cocktail customs into your party. Consider these festive ideas:

• Bottle Service. Add a splash of the club scene and turn your home into your favorite metro hotspot by offering bottle service. Place a chilled spirit along with shakers, mixers and accompaniments at select tables for guests to access easily. Consider using regular or flavored vodkas that will hold a cool temperature throughout the evening.

EFFEN Vodka, for example, features a sleek, rubber sleeve that allows for easy pouring and keeps the vodka cold. Flavored vodka like EFFEN Black Cherry incorporates natural fruit and vanilla flavors to provide smooth, straight-up enjoyment for festive mixers.

• BYOB Party. Create a "be your own bartender" party, enabling guests to let their creative juices flow. Feature an assortment of beverages and mixers, with accompanying themed-recipes on display.

• Complementary Course. Combine cocktails to complement everything from hors d' oeuvres to desserts. Stimulate the appetite by pairing drinks with foods that work well together such as a Classic EFFEN Martini and sushi. Start early with an appetizer course and continue the party into the evening to accommodate late arrivals. Cocktail combinations served with savory cheese, pate' and olive options topped off with a variety of sweet delicacies will make your holiday soirée an annual favorite.

As every savvy entertainer knows, food and drinks are always the focal point of the season. Regardless of your style, do not disappoint. Whether relaxing with family is on your party agenda, or a soirée for 50 of your closest friends, enjoy the season, and toast it in sophisticated style.

For holiday drink recipes, visit www.effenvodka.com.


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