Light drinkers and heavy food.…
Swizzle Stick Bar Chef, Lu Brow, received a question recently from our friends and cocktail enthusiasts, Kerry Keach and Lance Winters of Los Angeles, CA regarding holiday entertaining.
Hey, can you recommend a cocktail for a holiday gathering? It can’t be anything too strong in alcohol flavor. Our friend, Sophie, put us in charge of the booze, but she is a lightweight and I think her husband, Mark, is too. Any suggestions?
In her never ending generosity Lu replied…
Hmmm. Light drinkers and heavy food.
This is what I would do:
Champagne cocktails, but with a twist.
Perhaps this recipe:
In each flute pour 1 ounce of any of the following:
If you use either the Chambord or Pama you can add 1/2 ounce of either Cointreau or Triple Sec, which would be fine in this cocktail. Top with champagne; float dried cranberries or a twist of orange. Really light and nice.
Maybe a pitcher of lime daiquiris if they have access to crushed ice. If they don’t it will still be a decent drink, but not as special. I like Cruzan Light rum, aged if they have it available.
Either pitchers of Sidecars or French 75’s. I like citrus with heavy food. Also, brandy is lighter in flavor and proof so it’s always a good choice for light drinkers.
I would definitely stay away from tequila, bourbon, scotch or gin. Well, I wouldn’t stay away, but I wouldn’t recommend it for light drinkers.
Cheers and here’s hoping they have a great holiday season.
We followed up with Kerry and Lance…
Being a fan of Pama Liquor we tried the champagne with it and the result was a refreshing, light cocktail that complimented our holiday meal. Even the guests who were not serious drinkers asked for seconds and thirds.
Thanks, Lu. Cheers and Happy Holidays!