Do you have a masquerade party to plan this autumn? Are you thinking of hiring caterers and a barista for food and drinks? Granted preparing food for a whole bunch of people should be left to the professionals but drinks are something you can do by yourself.
Creating your own drinks can be a whole lot of fun especially if you get your friends or kids involved. You may control the amount of sweetness and customize the flavors to your liking or even to a specific diet. Most drinks are quite simple to make and only require three to five ingredients. You don’t have to be a barista to mix up some drinks for your loved ones. All it requires is a little practice and patience.
Now back to planning that Mardi Gras party. To begin planning your party, you need to, first of all, sort out your costume and an amazing masquerade mask. Then you need to finalize the venue, theme, lighting, and décor. Do not hire caterers on hearsay; I recommend going for food tasting before you finalize them. And now the only thing left for you to do is figure out which drinks you will be serving at your party.
We have compiled a list of popular drinks for the winter season to get you started. You can always pick and mix the recipes according to your preference. The only thing to keep in mind is to have a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Warm Bourbon Cider
This is a slightly different take on the regular apple cider. You will need to heat up nutmeg, ginger, apple cider in a stockpot and then add bourbon to create a warm spiked tipple. This drink will surely be a hit among your guests.
Nutella Hot Chocolate
This is my personal favorite out of all the winter drinks. Instead of adding normal hot chocolate powder, you need to add a tiny amount of Nutella straight out of its jar. This will give regular hot chocolate an extra kick, and you can add marshmallows or crushed hazelnuts according to your liking.
Spicy Apple & Carrot Drink
If you want to keep a healthy drink on your menu for your vegan guests, then this drink is a perfect choice. This drink is made from fresh apples and carrots and mix them with ginger, cinnamon and a tiny amount of rosemary.
Mint White Hot Chocolate
Instead of regular chocolate, you will need to use white chocolate to make this delicious drink. Mix white chocolate with hot milk and add peppermint to enjoy this yummy drink.
Kahlua Hot Cocoa
The Kahlua Hot Cocoa is strictly an adults-only drink. You can find the recipe online but simply put; it is made by mixing milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and Kahlua coffee liqueur.
Easy Blender Eggnog
This has always been a famous holiday drink, and it’s really simple to make. All you require is a trusty blender to beat a few eggs before adding in a hot mixture of double cream, sugar, and nutmeg. You don’t need to let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight because this drink can be made instantly. Carrying on blending the mixture until it is frothy and then add Cognac or Bourbon if desired.