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Well, easy and well-liked are relative terms. But guests here have loved wssmom's Peartini. (Apologies for not sending the link.)
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For my party last year, I served this Smoked Earl Grey Tea Cocktail (http://www.food52.com/recipes...). It's 3 ingredients - cold smoked earl grey tea, lemon juice, and ginger liquer - so it's really easy to mix and can be done in buik. A lemon sugar rim finishes it off beautifully.
French 75s. Easy, elegant and wicked potent. http://jeandsanders.blogspot.com/2010/06/june-11-2010-its-food-friday-french-75.html
sangria. made in advance and delicious!
hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.
The Aviation Cocktail is one of my all-time favorites - 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur, and 1/4 oz creme de violette. I've batch mixed my Thai One On cocktail for a party and it went over well: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
Same for my Tea Thyme and Bourbon cocktail: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
I've also served Aliyaleekong's Smoked Earl Grey cocktail. It is delicious, easy to batch mix, and not overly boozy.
Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.
Martini's, flavored ones are particularly nice around the holidays, like pomegranate or cranberry or apple. I second wssmom's peartini!
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I know it's overdone, but I really like cosmopolitans for the holidays. I love the pink/red color with the green of a wedge of lime. I'm a wimp and I like fizzy drinks, so I usually add some sparkling water to the mix.
amysarah is a trusted home cook.
Agree with Sangria - delicious and pretty in a big glass pitcher on the bar. Also agree about the cosmopolitans - some things become a cliche because they're actually, well...good. But I like to make them with pomegranate juice instead of cranberry - tastes great, and the color is even more jewel toned. A drop of ginger syrup also adds a great flavor to them.
For the holidays, I love something with sparkling wine. Pour some in a nice flute and top with some Poire William (pear brandy) & garnish w/ a thin slice of pear. Or, if you have some cranberry or raspberry liqueur, use that...
Meg is a trusted home cook.
Can't find the recipe because I can't remember the title (sorry, food52er and if anybody knows, please put the link up). Great fall cocktail with apple cider, maple syrup and Maker's Mark. The proportions I use are two shots of apple cider, half a shot of maple syrup, half a shot of Maker's Mark.