How to Build a Festive Cocktail Station for Your Next Party

By: Kate Parham Kordsmeier

This holiday season let your party guests practice some merry mixology. Inside-the-Beltway cocktail guru Sebastian Zutant, of The Red Hen, supplies inspiration for all the mixers, syrups and garnishes you need for a do-it-yourself sparkling-wine cocktail station.

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The Set-Up

Wine:

Chilled sparkling wine such as prosecco, Champagne or cava (1 bottle makes about 6 cocktails)

Mixers:

Simple Syrup
Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup
Aperol
Vodka
Fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Garnishes:

Lemon & orange twists
Clementine slices
Fresh cranberries

Syrups:

Simple Syrup
Mix 1 cup each sugar and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
Makes: about 1 1/2 cups

Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup
Steep 6 green tea bags in 3/4 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Stir in 3/4 cup honey. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Stir in 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon just before using.
Makes: about 1 1/2 cups

Other Essentials:

Ice bucket
Assorted barware (Champagne flutes, wineglasses, Collins glasses)
Jigger
Swizzle sticks
Cocktail napkins

The Cocktails

Billy Mack

Combine:
1 oz. Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup
1 1/2 oz. Aperol
Top with: 4 oz. chilled sparkling wine
Garnish with: Clementine slices (Add ice if desired.)
Calories: 178

Jack & Sally

Combine:
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Top with: 4 oz. chilled sparkling wine
Garnish with: Orange twist
Calories: 149

The Ghost of Christmas

Combine:
1 oz. Cinnamon-Honey-Green Tea Syrup
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
Top with: 3 oz. chilled sparkling wine
Garnish with: Cranberries (Add ice if desired.)
Calories: 236

Snow Banks

Combine:
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Top with: 4 oz. chilled sparkling wine
Garnish with: Lemon twist
Calories: 126

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