Christmas is coming (had you noticed?), with lots of parties and gatherings. While these are great fun, being the host or hostess can be hard work! You’re always running around making sure everyone enjoying themselves and has drinks and something to eat. You can take one of those duties off your hands by making sure that guests can easily help themselves to drinks.
Of course you can simply leave a load of bottles out and make up a large sign saying ‘Help Yourself!’, but at Wares of Knutsford we believe in going for something a bit more elegant…
Glass drinks dispenser with tap
Among our new stock this year was an excitingly huge glass drinks dispenser with a tap. It holds seven litres, which is about two gallons and features a clip top lid for easy filling and cleaning and is a great way to serve drinks and cocktails prepared in advance. As soon as we saw it we knew this would be ideal for summer barbecues and parties all year round, and perfect for artisan producers and stall holders to serve their ciders, wines and ales at markets and events.
For Christmas events, fill it with seasonal punch and as a Christmas cocktail dispenser – just make sure you provide plenty of glasses, ice and little bowls with garnishing ingredients, if necessary. Here are a couple of Christmas cocktail ideas in large quantities to fit the dispenser!
Glass drinks dispenser Christmas punch
- 2 litres orange juice
- 350ml Benedictine liqueur
- 500ml whisky or cognac
- 750ml cranberry juice
- 3 vanilla pods, seeded
- 1 clementine, sliced horizontally
- 3 litres sparkling water
Refrigerate all the ingredients before preparing. Mix the ingredients together in the cocktail dispenser only just before you’re ready to serve.
Glass drinks dispenser chocolate orange Christmas cocktail
- 1.5kg golden caster sugar
- Zest of 10 oranges, in strips
Start by making an orange syrup. Add the caster sugar to a large pan with 1.5 litres of water and the orange zest. Heat gently until the sugar has completely dissolved, then bring to the boil and set aside to cool. Strain to remove the orange zest.
Chocolate orange Christmas cocktail:
- 2 litres vodka
- 2 litres crème de cacao
- 800ml orange juice
- 1.2 litres orange syrup
Add the vodka, crème de cacao, orange juice and syrup to the cocktail dispenser and stir well to combine. Make sure there’s plenty of ice available, plus glasses with rims dipped in grated dark chocolate!