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For today’s tip, consider this:
As a party host, handling your own bar situation is one of the easiest ways to save a ton of money. If your budget is in need of some wiggle room but you’re afraid to lose the celebratory look of professionally made cocktails, consider these 3 festive updates on otherwise simple homemade drinks.
1. Frozen fruit- A small bag of disposable skewers can be inexpensively purchased at most party stores. Along with a little variety of fruits from your local grocery (whatever’s cheap), you can develop a pretty pattern of fruit pairings on each tiny kabob and then freeze them in bulk. If you’re serving a large bowl of premade mixed drink or punch to your guests, the addition of these pretty garnishes is a great way to make the beverage seem a little more upscale and thoughtful.
2. Rock Candy- A perfect addition to any drink served in a flute, rock candy can be used as both a stirrer, mixing sweet sugar into the guest’s wine or champagne, or simply as a playful, sparkling garnish.
3. Edible Gold Flakes- Perfect for a holiday or New Year’s event; these festive flakes add some elegant glamour to any otherwise plain-looking party cocktail.