The festive season’s charm and energy is, for most people, meant to give feelings of hope and being renewed. For others – The Entertainers – this time of the year is a vial of concentrated stress, albeit welcome. Re-inventing how to thrill your loved ones (and possibly their friend’s friends) is no easy feat, however providing some exceptional cocktails ought to be a gift fit for a Christmas stocking.
The Social Kitchen and Bar in Hyde Park has a delightfully decadent cocktail menu. Bar Manager, Thokozani Mahlangu, put together a few dazzling drinks from their menu to give you the inspiration you need to entertain this Christmas and New Year.
The Vanity Fair:
Ideal for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Vanity Fair marries sweet orange marmalade with premium Tanqueray No. 10 gin, topped with a fruity demi-sec Graham Beck sparkling wine.
The Great Gatsby:
Although the name inspires ideas for a legendary New Year’s party, The Great Gatsby is best suited for an intimate gathering with family over Christmas bites. This drink is warm and has a mixture of sweet and wonderfully spicy flavours. Created with Johnny Walker Gold Label Reserve whiskey, a touch of sherry and topped with a refreshing Pinot Grigio – The Great Gatsby’s richness in flavour and alcohol content begs you to spend Christmas night at your parent’s home.
Glitter and Gloss:
Sure to be a crowd pleaser at first sight, this tantalizing concoction is an effortless New Year’s Eve party starter. Tanqueray No. 10 Gin (the unexpected popular spirit for 2016) serves as a base for Glitter and Gloss; it is combined with star anise syrup, which gives it an exotic edge, and completed with Grapefruit juice, sparkling water and highlighted with Aperol Spritz.
Alternatively you could always serve the timeless ready-made celebratory drink:
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