All that glitters is gold! At least in this cocktail. Nothing is more exclusive than a bountiful libation to greet your guests with as they make their entrance through the door. No matter the number of guests, it gets the party off to the right start.
Having a signature cocktail makes it easy on the host to make in volumes and does not add a lot of extra time to prep. If the recipe is simple enough to remember and the execution is fast, a customized concoction for the occasion is a wonderful way to amp up your event.
As most guests seem to arrive either one after another or in a group I like to call a ‘guest ambush’ (in the most polite possible way ever), being able to prepare multiple drinks at a time without letting them see you sweat is key. No one wants to see a distraught host or hostess. It just makes for a bad scene and really kills the mood of the party.
There are a few questions I ask myself when creating or selecting a signature cocktails:
Does it go with the event or theme of the night? Serving a heavy spiced cocktail at an afternoon garden party doesn’t usually fit.
Is it something special but generic enough to be enjoyed by the masses? Specialized drinks with an obscure taste may not appeal to the majority of your guests. Nothing is worse than a guest carrying around a cocktail for the whole evening as they simply just don’t like it.
Does is taste good? Great colour and it’s kitchy, but if it tastes gross who wants it?
Can I easily make it in mass quantities while talking to my guests? This is a must for a multi-tasking host or hostess.
Is it within my budget? Some liquor can be especially pricey and depending on the number of guests and if they would like more than just one, the overall costs can add up quickly.
That being said, the one that ‘Blessed my Golden Heart’ has won me over this holiday season. Ticking off all the boxes on the criteria list is The Golden Apple Champagne Cocktail! Not only does it fit the wow bill enough to be New Year’s Eve worthy, it is also super delicious and easy to make for most holiday parties.
It has been taste tested and approved to be shared with the masses at the annual neighbourhood Christmas party before the New Years Eve debut. The real test is already done and it is easy to concoct in a small kitchen packed with guests.
So bottoms up, Happy Holidays & New Year to you all. Cheers!
MDIVADOMESTICA ⇐ Click to see the gold glitter bubble in the cocktail!
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Holiday Sparkling Glittery Gold Cocktail to welcome your guests.
- 1 sugar cube
- Gold glitter dust (edible)
- 1 ounce apple liqueur
- 1/4 ounce triple sec
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1/2 cup of champagne or enough to fill the glass
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 thin wedge of apple
- On a plate, roll or gently press the sugar cube in a small pile of the gold glitter dust until all sides are covered. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in the apple liqueur, triple sec and the dash of orange bitters.
- Strain into wide mouthed champagne glass. Top up the glass with the champagne until filled just below the rim. Sprinkle the apple wedge lightly with the gold glitter dust and place on the rim of the glass as garnish.
- Drop the sugar cube in the glass and enjoy the bubbling action as you drink.
*Must be legal drinking age to enjoy this cocktail. The sugar cubes can be prepped ahead of time and it's a lot of fun to have your guests drop it in the glass.