Our Best Sparkling Holiday Entertaining Ideas

Our Best Sparkling Holiday Entertaining Ideas

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 11, 2012

This year's holiday card, designed by the fabulous Paulina Reyes.

Here at Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, we want to wish you a very happy holidays. Because we're always trying to help and inspire people to do it for themselves, we have sent out over a thousand holiday cards this week with the delicious Fox & Sparkler Cocktail Recipe (above and below). To an additional three hundred of our closest friends and contributors, we sent out a box filled with the recipe, a bottle of our own handmade simple syrup, sparkling candles, and fresh rosemary to kickstart their own party. This is the way we roll.

But to go further, we wanted to introduce you to even more ideas for rolling through this holiday season in DIY style, so we've put together a bunch of packed lists from our whole team. From all of us to all of you, Happy Holidays!

xo Maxwell

Fox & Sparkler Cocktail Recipe

serves 6 to 12, depending on quantity of Prosecco used

1 cup rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
1 cup gin
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 1 1/2 large lemons
One to two 750ml bottles Prosecco or dry sparkling wine

Stir ingredients together in a punch bowl or carafe, and garnish with sprigs of rosemary.

If desired, you can make the cocktail with 2 bottles of sparkling wine, instead of 1, if you want the drink to be lighter or to serve a greater number of people.

Rosemary Simple Syrup
makes 1 1/3 cups syrup

1 cup sugar
2 large rosemary sprigs

Stir the sugar together with 1 cup of water. Add the rosemary sprigs. Boil until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely before using.

Simple syrup can be made ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Sparklers Tea Towel:
Fox and Monkey Celebrate with Sparklers!

We also sent out seventy of these amazing tea towels with our recipe card and simple syrup. Made by Stephanie Housley and Chris Lacinak of Coral & Tusk in Brooklyn, they completed our holiday sparkling theme.

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