- Food and Cooking
Dispenser Serves a Zippy Vegetarian Jewel of a Drink for Your Festive Affairs
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!
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.
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 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.