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[THE] x Cointreau Holiday Hosting Guide

We’ve teamed up with Cointreau, the iconic orange liqueur at the heart of over 350 celebrated cocktail recipes, to reimagine your holidays this season with curated tips, exclusive cocktail recipes (and more!)
[THE] x Cointreau Holiday Hosting Guide









Needless to say, the holiday season is looking a *little* different this year! From virtual and small group gatherings to socially-distanced festivities, many of us are wondering how to make *the most* of the holidays, in order to keep traditions alive…but also create new ones.





That's why we’ve teamed up with Cointreau, the iconic orange liqueur at the heart of over 350 celebrated cocktail recipes, to reimagine your holidays this season with curated tips, exclusive cocktail recipes (and more!) to elevate your holidays at home:









1. Stock Your Bar Cart

















Nothing simplifies holiday hosting more than a bar cart. Everyone wins, when guests are able to serve their favorite cocktail themselves! We recommend a bar cart on wheels, which allows it to move where the party moves and then back to the kitchen when items need replenishing. 





Three staples our bar cart always has? Cointreau, a base spirit like vodka, and fresh fruit! When mixing up a variety of cocktails for your guests this holiday, Cointreau is a must-have. This iconic orange liqueur is at the heart of more than 350 of the world’s most celebrated cocktails, including The Original Margarita, The Classic Cosmopolitan, and The Sidecar. It pairs perfectly with any base spirit to mix up a classic cocktail.





2. (Cointreau) Cocktails Are a Necessity

















Create a signature cocktail for the night, display the recipe, and invite your guests to channel their inner mixologist. Set up all the ingredients ahead of time, including an ice bucket, and any garnishes, glasses, and tools that are needed. We also suggest prepping a batch ahead of time and welcoming guests with the cocktail as they arrive. 





One of my favorites is “Everything’s Coming Up Rosé” from Cointreau, it’s the perfect go-to bubbly cocktail to celebrate any occasion. It’s easy to create and engaging for any virtual guests, knowing this holiday season may look different for gatherings. Set up an area in the main entertaining space with a screen (tablet or laptop) to make your virtual guests still feel a part of the festivities.





3. Themed Decor Raises The Bar

















When it comes to styling your bar cart, stick to the same color palette as your signature cocktail. Incorporate items such as linen napkins, colored straws, floral garland, candles and decorative glassware. For example, a Classic Cosmopolitan is the perfect shade of blush pink, which you can play off of for decor, and mix with holiday shades of deeper reds and greens.

















You can also utilize risers and turntables on the bar cart to maximize space and provide easier accessibility, while also creating some depth and height. It’s best to also think about the cocktails your guests will make and the steps that go into it, ensuring the set-up provides a seamless flow (pro-tip: Create small cards to place throughout the cart walking guests through each step). Going the extra mile with your bar cart allows for a fun and unique focal point in the room and it also makes for a great Instagrammable moment. 





4. A Festive Menu Never Fails

















When cocktails are involved, light snacks should be too. You can never go wrong with some hors d’oeuvres that are assembly-only, such as a charcuterie board! Mix it up with a variety of nuts, cheeses, crackers, dried or fresh fruit, and honey or jams. We love creating these large boards and platters for parties as they cater to a variety of tastes and you can really tailor the board to complement your holiday cocktails. 





Speaking of cocktails, we are loving the two exclusive cocktails we created with Cointreau: Clea’s Color Coded Cosmo and Joanna’s Organize, Maintain Margarita (recipes below!) We think *you* will love them, too! We suggest serving them with a light and effervescent salad with a tangy vinaigrette to balance the sweetness of the cocktail and complement Cointreau’s flavor profiles. 





clea's color-coded cosmo:









INGREDIENTS 





0.75 oz Cointreau
2 oz Vodka
0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice 0.5 oz Chai Hibiscus Syrup 2 oz Sparkling Rosé





DIRECTIONS 





Add all ingredients to shaker except for rosé. Add ice, shake and strain. Finish with bubbles. 





CHAI HIBISCUS SYRUP 





1:1 sugar to water bring to boil. Turn off and let chai and hibiscus steep for 5 minutes. Strain and serve when cool 





joanna's organize, maintain margarita:









INGREDIENTS 





1oz Cointreau
2oz Tequila
1oz Lime
Tablespoon of finely chopped ginger Bar spoon of fig jam





DIRECTIONS 





Add all ingredients to shaker.
Add ice, shake, and fine strain. Garnish with candied ginger and/or lime. 





5. A Go-To Holiday Gift













Through the years, we have found that it’s a game-changer to have a go-to holiday giftable on hand at home and to keep a few ready to gift whenever and wherever you need. One of our favorite gifts is a chic cocktail kit that has everything you need to make the perfect Classic Cosmopolitan or The Original Margarita... a bottle of Cointreau, a bottle of vodka or tequila, cranberry or lime juice, salt, recipe cards, a shaker, and a citrus squeezer! You really can’t go wrong with a beautifully curated cocktail kit and if you are really feeling creative, you can customize these with fun gift boxes, baskets, and holiday cards too. 





For more tips (and even more cocktail recipes), download a complete copy of x Cointreau Holiday Hosting Guide here:









Have a happy and safe holiday season! 





xo, 





clea + joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

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Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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THE Bin Organizers
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THE Large Drawer
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THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
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THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

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