Anyone else in full on panic mode? This year I totally procrastinated on gift buying and grocery shopping, so I feel stressed. I am reminding myself that the holidays are about fun, family, friends, and tasty sparkling drinks. I am a total sparkling cocktails, wine, booze kind of gal. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! That’s why I was so stoked when Sauza sent me some goodies to add to my bar cart this holiday season.
Today I’m sharing a little bit about my go to drinks for holiday entertaining. A classic margarita is always good, but a good margarita is only as good as the tequila used to make it. I’ve been using Sauza for years and years. It’s readily found in most liquor stores, it’s affordable, and it’s amazing in a margarita.
My go-to margarita recipe is below—it’s inspired by the BEST margaritas I’ve ever had. My good friend’s hubby makes out of this world margaritas, and his secret is fresh, quality ingredients. It may seem a little overboard to fresh squeeze a ton of limes and make simple syrup, but it is so worth it. Make a large pitcher by multiplying the ingredients by the number of desired servings and enjoy! If you want other margarita recipes, Sauza has you covered with almost any flavor profile you can think of.
The Best Classic Margarita:
Mix in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with salt, if desired.
If being a bartender is not your idea of a fun time, then I would recommend ditching the champagne and picking up some Sauza Sparkling Margaritas at your local liquor store. These take all the hard work out of stocking up on 6 different ingredients to make 1 cocktail. I was sent the mango peach flavor (which is my favorite and I had tried before) and the watermelon flavor which is super refreshing, and new to me. The other two flavors are classic margarita (just add some salt and enjoy!) and wild berry. These are under $10/bottle, and I like to serve them in champagne glasses. I am obsessed with these gorgeous flutes that Sauza included in my package:
So, since you’re saving so much time by NOT having to hand craft cocktails, some cute touches you can afford to do are to get a square cocktail napkin, fold it in half on the diagonal and insert into the flute. I also tossed in some chocolates. Arrange them on a tray, and guests can easily pick up a glass, serve themselves, and have a good time (responsibly, of course!)
Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be intimidating and it definitely doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick some of these up for Christmas game night with cocktails, New Year’s Eve parties, or a girls night in. Just make sure to enjoy responsibly, as always.
The kind folks over at Sauza also included some other things in my gift pack that meant the world to me and will help me “sweep” away all the negative juju from 2014. You’ll see what I mean soon-- I’ll be back in a few days with my 2015 blogging resolutions…I think I’m ready to really amp this up a bit. I hope you’ll stick around with me. xoxo!
What are your favorite holiday cocktails?
Disclosure: I was provided with samples for this blog post, but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All ideas and opinions are my own.