Signature Cocktails – Even if you know your particular group of friends prefers rum on the rocks or simple mixed drinks, having signature cocktails with clever names and season-specific ingredients adds character to your gathering. Feel free to use our signature Caliche holiday cocktail recipe, the Cali Wonderland (recipe below) – we won’t tell!
1 1/2 oz Caliche Rum
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
1 Dash Aromatic Bitters
1 Lemon Slice for Garnish
Additional Fresh Lemon Juice and Granulated Sugar for Garnish
Rub the rim of a festive old-fashioned glass with lemon juice and then dip it into the sugar and set aside to dry. Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and strain into the crusted glass. Garnish with the lemon slice.
Bar Set Up – Whether you’ve hired a professional or your next door neighbor to man the bar for the evening, a well-stocked and nicely arranged bar will not only impress your guests but will add some festive touches to your party’s décor. I prefer to line the back bar area with bottles of Caliche side by side and fill as much of the space as possible, which not only makes for a dramatic look, but lets your guests know that their liquid needs are in good hands for the night.
Stock Up – Anyone who’s been to a party knows that nothing kills the mood more than running out of booze or food. What it comes down to is simple math. Assume that your guests will consume 2
drinks per hour and 10 hors d’oeuvres throughout the whole night, plan/purchase accordingly, then double it. Of course, you know your friends better than anyone, so adjust the numbers if you know you’ll have some particularly hungry or thirsty guests on hand!
Spacing – Coming from a nightlife background, I know that nothing turns guests off more than a packed, overly crowded venue. Same goes for your holiday party. Make sure the room you have chosen as the main gathering space for your party is enough to comfortably fit all of your guests, but not so big that the party will feel empty and sparse.
Nail the Soundtrack – Holiday classics are classics for a reason, so it’s okay to work them into your soundtrack for the evening, but your guests won’t want to hear a broken record of tracks they’ll be hearing at 10 other holiday parties this season. Do your research beforehand and work in music that fits your personal taste and reflects the mood of the season. Be sure to keep the majority of your music upbeat – if your soundtrack is slow and mellow, your party will be, too.
Lighting – As you can imagine in the nightlife industry, too much lighting is a no-no. Soft lighting flatters everyone and will keep the mood cozy yet vibrant at the same time. I like to have a couple of small candles at the bar, and then station candles around the space in areas where they won’t easily get knocked over. Supplement with softly-lit lamps and string lights.
Enjoy Yourself – A stressed out host or hostess will make guests uneasy and put a severe damper on your get-together. Plus, you’re throwing a party to have fun! As long as you do your planning ahead of time, and allow yourself ample time to set up, let yourself mingle with guests and enjoy your holiday party! Like Caliche Rum on Facebook.