Home(tending) for the Holidays

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

We’re proud to admit it: we’re babes who tout a Rolodex of preferred watering holes.  But when it comes to entertaining, we like to bring the best of all-things-booze to our guests. So with the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to set up shop and concoct libations that are crowd-pleasing and easy to make. We’ve tapped two experts — the folks over at Fluent City and Elliott Clark of @apartment_bartender — to offer some insight on all things home-tending. Relax, take notes and raise the bar this holiday season.


Photo via Vanessa Granda

Like LBD’s, welcome drinks never go out of style. To kick off their “All Shook Up” cocktail class, our friends at Fluent City pour three aperitif options — Lillet, Cocchi Vermouth di Terino and Cynar — that showcase a range of flavors, from fruit-forward to herbal. Follow their lead and introduce your guests to new flavors while preparing their palates for more boozy-forward cocktails ahead. Even better, these spirits will stay in constant rotation while you’re crafting cocktails at home for other occasions.

Photo via Elliott Clark

Photo via Elliott Clark

If you’re unsure about which drink to place on your menu, think about your number of guests. For a larger group, aim for libations that call for three ingredients or less. Elliott suggests The Vanilla Greyhound  “This three-ingredient cocktail is my absolute go-to when tasked with drink duty for a large group of people. It’s a riff on a traditional greyhound, which is fresh grapefruit juice and vodka (or gin). The addition of homemade vanilla syrup makes this cocktail winter ready and holiday appropriate.” Cheers to that.


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Photo via Vanessa Granda

Photo via Vanessa Granda

Professional development need not be limited to the workplace. With ‘imbibing’ topping our list of favorite pastimes, we’ve applied this logic to stay up on our shaken and stirred game. Fluent City’s Cocktail Program Manager, Channing Centeno, explains, “The bespoke cocktail bar or lounge is a draw for folks who enjoy having a drink, whether expert or novice. The beauty of a class is that you can bring that speakeasy experience home, for less.” Discover what mixologists are excited about, taste a new ingredient and impress your friends later when you explain the difference between Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez.


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Photo via Vanessa Granda

Photo via Vanessa Granda

Fact: it’s easy to get caught up with hosting duties and even easier to forget that you too should enjoy the fruits of your labor. Get from behind the bar and make sure to enjoy the cocktails you’ve created. You hosted all night girl, you deserve it.


Want to learn how to be a kick-ass bartender? Join Fluent City and the guys behind The Liquor Cabinet app this Saturday, December 10th for Some Like It Hot, a popup mixologist bar focused on a brunch favorite, the Bloody Mary.

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