Starting off the year with a dry month or two may be just what you need to give yourself a much-needed refresh after the holiday season. But just because you've cut out alcohol doesn't mean you have to sit at home alone drinking water. A mocktail party is the perfect way to stay social and enjoy a yummy drink while abstaining from liquor.
We've rounded up everything you need to throw a fun and festive mocktail party this winter.
A Bartending Bible
Anyone can make a vodka tonic, but mastering mocktails — especially when fresh, organic ingredients are required — takes skills. The Bartender's Guide to Mocktails from Target features more than 95 different unique nonalcoholic recipes including Virgin Raspberry Cooler, Beetroot Virgin Mary, and Faux Kir Royale. It also gives suggestions on which flavors and aromas to pair together to give your mocktails an unexpected kick.
Now that you've mastered a signature mocktail, you need something to show it off. Aaron Probyn's Heavy Stack Glasses
from Pottery Barn will do just the trick. The blown crystal and soda lime glasses come in a set of four and feature softly rounded bases ensuring minimal spillage. Best of all, they're dishwasher safe, making afterparty cleanup a breeze.
Having the right tools can make even the most complicated recipe seem simple. So make sure you have this Saddle Leather Bar Tool Set from Pottery Barn on hand before you throw your next party. Each set contains a jigger, strainer, bottle opener, and bar spoon made from stainless steel with hand-stitched cow-leather handles. You'll have everything you need to show off your new-found mixology skills.
A Pretty Shaker
Image courtesy of Kate Spade New York
Take a cue from James Bond and make your mocktails "shaken, not stirred" with this pretty Kate Spade Two of a Kind Dot Shaker. The nine-inch glass shaker features a gold-plated top and will make any bar cart Instagram-worthy. (Just imagine all the Boomerangs your friends can take of you shaking up your next concoction.)
Stylish Surface Protectors
No matter how careful you and your guests are, spills and condensation marks are inevitable. Keep your tables and countertops in pristine condition with these stylish Hexagon Marble Coasters
from Nordstrom. Sold in a set of four, the imported marble coasters have gilded edges for a sophisticated touch.
No mocktail party is complete without some tasty bites. Instead of running around the grocery store trying to gather everything you need, head over to Williams Sonoma and pick up one of their Beehive Cheese and Creminelli Salami Collection sampler platters. Each kit comes with Beehive Cheese Company's famous Barely Buzzed cheese, along with salami from Utah's Cristiano Creminelli, Pan Forte Crostini crackers, and Pepperlane blood orange preserves.