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Dispenser Serves a Zippy Vegetarian Jewel of a Drink for Your Festive Affairs

Updated on October 28, 2013

Come on over for a glass of my ruby red fizzy nonalcoholic cocktail while I show you this marvelous beverage server.

I love the sparkle of cocktails served in brilliant glass dispensers like this classic one by Stylesetter.

For a cool $24.00

it costs no more than some of my large utilitarian refrigerator jars. But the style, the jewel-like effect is a priceless addition to my serving counter and buffet for years to come. It's the kind of dispenser that everyone likes to see.

Any beverage served

in the Stylesetter is special. Some people say that the appearance of our food and drink has more impact on our enjoyment, our savoring the taste, than the actual flavor does.

Kids love to serve up their own glass of juice, and they feel all grown up when asked to serve as the beverage hostess. Adults like it because it lets them refresh their own glasses, and the already busy host enjoys the extra help.

Let's say we fill the Stylesetter with 160 oz punch

and we serve 10 oz of punch over ice in 16 oz glasses. That means the host (maybe me) pours 16 full servings throughout the party, and spends an hour or two over the course of the event topping off glasses, toting glasses back and forth from guest to bar, and back to guest with the refill.

Now, let's say we have

the same setup at the same party, but this time we use the Stylesetter. We can pour the first serving for each guest, and they can attend to their own refills when the time comes. We've got a happy refreshed guest, and a happy relaxed host.

My party dispenser will hold

my special nonalcoholic beet shrub, modeled after an early American forerunner of today's soda pop. See several photographs of the simple process for making the drink below. You're invited to read the recipe and see some more terrific photos.

Yes, it's really made from beets.

While some guests may be skeptical when they learn that this jewel of a beverage is made from garden beets, after the first sip, they'll be eager to help themselves with the handy spigot.

You might want to skip right over the beets and substitute raspberries, strawberries or mangoes instead, for your shrub cocktail. Follow the recipe, adjusting sugar and vinegar to taste. I'd opt for the champagne vinegar for fruits. You'll find more recipes for shrubs.

Old fashioned fizzy drink restyled.

Maybe you feel the same confliction over this do-everything-at-the-same-time 2013 lifestyle as I do. One of the things I've decided to do about it is to make small changes, one by one, as I discover a calmer way of doing something that currently tastes like stress.

Replacing my old cravings for soda

pop is one of those things I'm doing for myself, and drinking beet shrub feels ever so much better than downing chemical laden splenda sweetened sodas. My guests will never guess that I've made such a festive party punch with a veggie base.

For a celebration punch

I'll mix the beets with fresh lemon juice, and maybe a touch of cinnamon for a little punch in the punch. We don't use alcohol at our house, but if you do then you know what will taste fine with this drink.

Stemmed glassware also

shows off the most gorgeous festive drinks in fine shape. What I feature here are less dressy glasses, but Amazon has a fine selection of stemware too.

Any way you choose

to serve the beverages, be sure to pour them over ice. I like to heap my glasses with cubes and then fill them to the top.

Here's to ya!

Libbey 8.25-Ounce Cosmopolitan Cocktail/Martini Glass, Set of 12
Libbey 8.25-Ounce Cosmopolitan Cocktail/Martini Glass, Set of 12

With an exquisite beverage like my ruby red beet shrub cocktail I'd choose a contemporary style like this one to go with the fresh lines of the streamlined dispenser.

 
Libbey Gibraltar 16-Ounce Cooler Glass, Box of 12, Clear
Libbey Gibraltar 16-Ounce Cooler Glass, Box of 12, Clear

My style is more relaxed than chic and I've been known to drop a glass now and then, so when I read that the Gibraltar is as strong as its name then I knew this is the set for me.

 
Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar 16-1/4-Ounce Stackable Beverage Glasses, Set of 6
Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar 16-1/4-Ounce Stackable Beverage Glasses, Set of 6

Bormioli is my new favorite glass manufacturer. I'm so happy with their flip top bottles that I use to seal the beet shrub, and my water kefir in, that I'm certain that their glasses are first class too.

 

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me drinking beet shrub
me drinking beet shrub

What will you serve for holiday beverages in 2013?

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Can you just imagine using this beautiful glass dispenser to serve my beautiful beet nonalcoholic cocktail at your holiday meal?

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      AntonioM23 3 years ago

      This would be awesome for my parties,thanks for sharing.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've always liked this type of dispenser for parties, office luncheons etc.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes I can. We bought something similar for our wedding this summer. I especially like the idea of your beet shrub and must try it. Thank you!

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      That IS a lovely dispenser! And, you know... because my house is small and short on serving space, it would work VERY well at the end of the holiday buffet line - easy for everyone!

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Going to be trying out the beet drink recipe! Sounds yummy

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Going to be trying out the beet drink recipe! Sounds yummy

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      ooh that drink looks really refreshing, I love the glass dispenser too.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      congratulations Papier! This would be perfect for my parties as I'm always trying to refill everyone's glasses.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your win! Lovely beverage decanter. It's a holiday decoration in itself. Cheers!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Pretty server! Very nice lens!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the look of this dispenser. Very nice presentation.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @sousababy: oooh, I could tell you a story about the vodka I drank on New Year's Eve of my high school senior year, when some friends and I imbibed in the leftover blender drinks my folks left when they hit the town. I was a good girl and that one episode did it for me, the split with vodka was forever.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Oh, everything tastes better in glass. And I'll tell ya, it's nice to set out a dispenser rather than have 10 people keep coming into a (busy) kitchen to get more to drink. It's hard on a hostess to run back and forth.

      Admittedly, I am wondering if I could "spike" your beet cocktail with something - say vodka?