Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY, divulges some concoctions to fancy up your flute this season:
A fun cocktail is key to get the holiday party going. I am partial to champagne, but when the night calls for something a bit more fun, a bit more decadent, here are my favorites:
Bellini: Always classic. Always in style. This sublimely sweet drink was invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice as the perfect aperitif. It’s best when made with ripe peaches. If they’re not in season, try crème de peche (peach syrup). Use a 1:4 ratio of peach syrup to prosecco.
Kir Royale: This fancy and beautifully hued cocktail consists of a dash of crème de cassis (currant syrup), topped with champagne. Delicious!
French 75: There are a number of versions of this seriously strong drink, but here’s the one that will start your party off right: add a splash of simple syrup, two splashes of of lemon juice, and an even bigger splash of gin, topped off with a glassful of champagne.
I’m not one for perfection. Sure, I love a perfect black dress, or the perfect pair of Manolos. But when it comes to partying, I say the more off-kilter, the better! Here are some tips for throwing that imperfect holiday party…perfectly.
1. Guest List: Invite the young. Invite the old. Mix it up! Anyone with a good story, some deviant behavior and a will to dance is on my guest list!
2. Playlist: I take my party soundtracks very seriously and again, mixing it up seems to be the theme here. I’m all about party songs ranging from The Rolling Stones to Chaka Khan to Salt n’ Pepa for the late night crew!
3. Attire: Sometimes mandatory dressing is the perfect motivation for that holiday scrooge. How about a Studio 54 themed party? I have just the dress!
4. Décor: Combine the traditional with a bit of eccentric glamour. Throw some tinsel on the dinner table, place a party hat at each seat. Tired of the classic flute? How about a straw inside a mini bottle of champagne?
5. Menu: Filet mignon is nice, but when it comes to being perfectly imperfect, it’s all about the unexpected! How about truffled grilled cheese, or individual chicken pot pies? Instead of chocolate mousse, what about make-your-own sundaes? Save the grown up stuff for the cocktails…