It’s time for our bar carts to lose the summery drink umbrellas and get prepped for New Year’s Eve festivities! Here’s a few tips for creating a beautiful cart ready to host family and friends — and to craft delicious drinks all winter long.
1. Freshen up Your Herbs
Swap out your mint for thyme and rosemary! Not only are these the perfect flavors for wintry drinks but both herbs are easy to find and add texture and a pop of green to your cart.
2. Add in Metallics
For a look that lasts all winter, add in some metallic tones to your cart. You could go with a gilded cart in the first place, mix up your favorite drink in this pitcher, serve them in a set of copper mugs (Moscow Mules anyone?!), a cheese knife set, or the perfect wintry shaker.
3. Winterize Your Ingredients
Bring in champagne and wintry liquors — such as a HON favorite, chambord. Just in time for your New Year’s Eve party — we tried out a sparkling cocktail recipe at our team Christmas party that was a hit! It’s not only beautiful but light and delicious. Making simple syrup is key to this drink — as well as fresh thyme. Here’s some shots from our team party!
6 Thyme Sprigs
Juice from one Lemon
4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool. Chill until ready to use.)
1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly
Peel and chop 2 plums.
Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released. (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.
Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs.
Cheers to a festive New Year, and to a well-designed space to mix up drinks until spring!