How to host the perfect friendsmas

Traditionally, Christmas is all about family. And as interesting it is to hear about the latest happenings in your old neighborhood, it’s not always as easy for everyone to get together, either geographically, practically or otherwise. Plus it’s a lot of fun when you’re spending it with friends. So this year, we’ve put together a little list of how to host the prefect Friendsmas party.

1. Planning

The first step to every successful party is choosing the people you want to attend. Once the guestlist is finished, you can start planning how many people you need to seat, feed, and more importantly, how many cocktails you need to make. Tip: ask everyone to bring a plate of their favorite food so the only time you need to spend in the kitchen is perfecting the drinks.

2. Pre-dinner drink

So everyone has arrived, now it’s time to treat your guests to a welcome drink. We recommend the Absolut Ginger Martini. It provides your party with a touch of class, while the Ginger adds that extra bit of traditional spice.

3. Dinner

This is the cornerstone of the evening. But since everyone has already brought their favorite foods, you don’t need to worry making sure everyone’s satisfied.

4. After-dinner drink

So dinner is done, now it’s time for the real party to begin. We recommend serving an Espresso Martini. It’s a classic that is super easy to make, but will really impress your guests. Tip: to get a laugh, serve it with the line, “And now it’s time for dessert!”

Ginger Cosmo

  • 1⅓ Parts Absolut Vodka
  • ⅔ Part Cranberry Juice
  • ½ Part Triple Sec
  • ⅓ Part Lime Juice
  • 4 Pieces Ginger

Muddle ginger in a shaker. Fill with ice cubes. Add Absolut Vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with ginger.

Espresso Martini

  • 2 Parts Absolut Vodka
  • 1 Part Kahlua
  • 1 Part Espresso Coffee (Cold)
  • 1/2 Part Simple Syrup

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.