Holiday Party: Make Your Own Martini Bar

By Lisa Milko at Event Perfect

This holiday season, switch out your typical party bar offerings for a make your own martini bar! A few simple and easy to find ingredients turn a regular bottle of vodka or gin into a full-on party. Your guests will love the ability to create their own drinks and you'll love not having to invest in multiple types of liquor for a full bar.

Print the recipes for the Cranberry Cosmo and the Douglas Sparkletini, place in pretty frames and let your guests make their own merriment!

These infusions make perfect, festive drinks!

Cranberry Orange Infused Vodka

2 cups fresh cranberries

1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons water

2 piece fresh orange peel (2” x 1”)

1 bottle (750ml) vodka

In a small saucepan, heat cranberries, sugar, and water until the sugar dissolves, the liquid begins to turn a light-pink color, and the cranberries just begin to pop. Pour the cranberries and the liquid into a large glass jar; stir in peel and vodka. Cover, and let stand at room temperature at least 3 days or up to one month. Strain before serving.

Douglas Fir–Infused Gin

Makes enough for about 16 drinks

1 (5- to 6-inch) sprig fresh-picked Douglas fir branch, rinsed

1 bottle (750 ml) gin

Put the fir branch into the gin bottle, cap, and let sit 24 hours. (Do not let it infuse for more than 24 hours.) Remove the branch and discard. The infused gin can be stored at room temperature for up to one year.

Cranberry Cosmo
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
1/2 fluid ounce cointreau
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 fluid ounces cranberry juice
1 twist lime zest, garnish
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for several seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
Douglas Fir Sparkletini (recipe from NPR)
1 1/2 ounces Douglas fir-infused gin
3/4 ounce white cranberry juice
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Splash of brut champagne or dry sparkling wine
Tiny sprig of Douglas fir, for garnish
1 fresh or frozen cranberry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the infused gin, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with a fir sprig and a floating cranberry

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