Dinner Party Beverage Budget

Let the Spirits Move You… to Save

As the days get shorter & shorter and the holidays lurk just around the corner, the season for entertaining at home has begun!  Inviting friends over on a brisk night for some drinks and a home cooked feast is always a fun Fab & Fru antidote to braving the elements — not to mention spending too much cash at an over priced restaurant.  However, even if you’re not eating out, buying all the wine, spirits and mixers to make any cocktail your guests may desire can add up to big bucks!.   So, what do you do when you want to throw a dinner party but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars to stock your bar?  Our answer… get creative and plan your  drink menu to inexpensively compliment your meal!

First Things First

Pairing your drink menu with each course that you serve is not as hard as you think -  and it will make your dinner party seem super sophisticated while saving you money! First, you need to decide how many courses you’ll be serving and what you are making to eat.  Then you need to do a little research.  Ask for wine and spirit pairing advice from your local wine shop or favorite skilled bartender.  There’s also a great book that I consulted to write this article called How to Drink by Victoria Moore which offers excellent recipes and tips for how to really enjoy both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

Cheap But Glamorous

Presentation is the key to making anything look and feel glamorous!  Keep your menu simple, but make each drink look spectacular and special.  Know a little about what your serving and take care to serve it at the right temperature and with the right food.  Remember, if you make the whole evening a tasting experience, not only will your guests get to try something new, it will spark conversation!

What to Serve

With countless cocktail recipes out there and an endless lists of wine, we’ve narrowed down our recommendations to some Fab & Fru favorites that are super easy to prepare and serve while making you look like a rock star!

Non Alcoholic

Club Soda or Seltzer are key bar elements to have stocked your fridge.  Soda, ice and a few slices of citrus fruit or a splash of juice, will make any non drinker feel like part of the party!

Choose a Cocktail

Pomegranate Seed Vodka

  • Chilled Vodka
  • Club Soda (optional)
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate Seeds

Wow your guests with a beautiful holiday cocktail that is inexpensive and easy to make!  Inspired by Victoria Moore’s recipe in How to Drink, I’ve added a splash of fizz to mine. Remove the seeds from a couple of pomegranates (be careful- this can get messy).  Keep a bottle of vodka in the freezer (Smirnoff will do the trick).  Fill tumblers or clear water glasses with  lots of ice and a spritz of club soda or seltzer.  Pour the vodka over the ice and mix in a spoonful of pomegranate seeds.- Enjoy this show stopper with savory appetizers or just on it’s own!

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