A wisp of flavored cotton candy on drinks or as send-offs will put a sweetâ€”and whimsicalâ€”spin on any celebration. Garnish your sips with Spin-Spun's organic, dye-free flavored cotton candy and wait for guests' gleeful reactions. From left: A cinnamon puff floats above a kid-friendly horchata. Coconut adds a tropical note to a lemon-drop martini. Champagne meets a strawberry nimbus cloud. A peppermint dollop cools off a mojito.
If you thought jelly shots were only meant for college dorms, guess again. These bite-size gelatin libations are all grown up. We arranged (from left) jellied mango lemon drops, cherry acai slings, guava sidecars, and banana coladas on a simple tray, but you can also serve them on a bed of berries, shredded coconut, or sliced fruit. Pass them as a hands-free alternative to a signature drink during cocktail hour or have your caterer distribute them on the dance floor.
Give the farmhouse staple an epicurean upgrade by sliding Sugared Cranberries onto stir sticks (why should martini olives have all the fun?). To cater to drinkers young and old, offer a nonalcoholic batch and one with some extra kick, thanks to a nip of bourbon or dark rum.
Give bubbly a boost with jewel-like cranberry-, pomegranate-, and apricot-infused sugar cubes. Working in batches, soak cubes in a bowl of fruit concentrate or puree until completely saturated. Remove with a fork, and place on a wire rack (don't let them touch); let dry overnight. Present cubes at a Champagne bar, or serve them in passed drinks. The sweet, tangy taste will keep guests sipping long after the toasts.
Made with citrus-flavored vodka and triple sec, these Citrus Martinis celebrate winter, when citrus fruits are at their peak -- although their color and light flavor would make them refreshing in the summer as well. Vibrant candied clementines (available at Italian markets) give guests a hint of the drink's flavor, while the garnish provides a sweet contrast to the pleasingly tart liquor. Beaded picks match the bright hue of the fruit; use orange scalloped note cards as coasters.
Tiny roses add an elegant detail to your Champagne toast. To make the garnishes, insert a toothpick into the base of each blossom at an angle of a little less than 45 degrees. Cut the stems cleanly about 1 inch shorter than the length of the toothpick; you may have to adjust length depending on the weight of the bloom. Place each toothpick just inside of a rim, letting the roses balance delicately on top.