You may never have known that you could save time and money by making batches of cocktails for your Thanksgiving or any other holiday party. Large-format cocktails are versatile, crowd-pleasing, and easy to make. This is a great alternative to having too many choices. Batching drinks is not only a great way to save time, but they are also delicious, customizable, and festive. Even the pros recommend it.
Why you should make a batch cocktail
Batching cocktails in advance of a large gathering will not only save time but also ensure uniformity. The benefits of batching cocktails are consistency and efficiency. It is only a matter of preparation, says Jeremy LeBlanche. Blanche says that once the batch has been made, it is a simple matter of how quickly you can prepare the cocktail to serve and manage the crowd. This means more time to spend with guests and family, as well as less time in the kitchen slaving away over a cocktail shaker.
Kevin Muniz is a bartender in New York’s Gab’s Bar. He likes that guests can have their Thanksgiving cocktail within minutes of arrival. He says that he also finds it a pleasant communal experience, as all guests are enjoying the same drink simultaneously.
Michael Beck, beverage manager at Union Square Cafe, says that batching cocktails is a great way to save time when entertaining family and friends. He says that you can batch your cocktails and prepare the ice, glasses, and garnishes ahead of time. Your guests will be impressed by your efficiency at your “bar.” Russell Pangilinan agrees. “A festive cocktail in the house is a good way to bring everyone together and have a conversation over sips.”
How to create new family traditions using a house cocktail
If you’re new to hosting or a seasoned host, adding a holiday tradition — in this instance, a house cocktail — to your holiday repertoire is always welcome. Muniz revealed that the practice of serving Bloody Mary cocktails to guests at Thanksgiving dinner has been carried over into the bar. He says that everyone looks forward to the same drink every year. The glass is also a great way to cure a hangover from the night before if your guests or you are.
Blanche says that pre-made syrups are the best way to add festive flavors to cocktails. He says that you don’t have to add much to get a specific taste in your cocktail. Pumpkin spice, caramel syrup, vanilla syrup, gingerbread, or cinnamon are all easy to find and seasonal. Blanche suggests using fresh spices like cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg for the more creative home bartender.
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The future of the wine industry feels light. This is why it’s good.
You might search for sustainable practices when you are looking for an eco-friendly wine. When was the last you thought about the container?
You can’t judge a book or its label, but you can learn a lot from the vessel. Between one-third to half of a wine’s total carbon footprint comes from its bottle, says Dr. Peter Stanbury. He is the research director of the Sustainable Wine Roundtable in the United Kingdom.
Your favorite bottle of wine is likely to weigh less within the next three years.
SWR has members from around the world, including Whole Foods Market and Lidl, as well as industry experts and wineries. Richard Branson’s Virgin Wines is also a member. Although the organization doesn’t cover all wineries, it is a good place to start.
According to Dr. Stansbury, in the past, two major obstacles stood between the wine industry and trimmer bottles. First, wine brands and retailers thought consumers would instantly perceive heavier bottles as better. Second, wine bottlers believed that lighter bottles were always more fragile.
Dr. Stansbury, along with the SWR team, conducted six months of research in preparation for the SWR Bottle Weight Accord launch scheduled for October 2023. This is a bottle weight reduction pact involving all the retailers mentioned above.
Dr. Stansbury says that consumers do not associate the weight of a wine bottle with the quality of its contents. There’s no reason to think that lighter bottles are more fragile. “Many growers have been using bottles lighter than 420g for years without any problems.”