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With the holidays in full swing, your chances of hosting a full house of friends and relatives increases with each passing day. Stocking the fridge with beer and wine is a good call, but cocktails can turn any occasion into an extra-festive occasion, hence our preference for ensuring there’s always a batched punch or other quick-serve option available. That way, your guests can drink what they want, and you don’t have to play bartender each night.
The new Cocktail Collection from Diageo is an even easier proposition than batching something up yourself, because they’ve done the work for you. The Cocktail Collection features five ready-to-drink cocktails. The Ketel One Vodka Espresso Martini, Ketel One Vodka Cosmopolitan, and Tanqueray Gin Negroni were just introduced earlier this fall, joining the Bulleit Manhattan and Bulleit Old Fashioned on store shelves.
The Cocktail Collection lineup is available in two formats: 350 mL bottles ($13.99) serve four, and 750 mL bottles ($25.99) serve eight, respectively. Each is packaged in a handsome bottle that you won’t mind keeping in your fridge or on your bar cart. Then, when the time comes, you can simply pour drinks from the chilled bottles instead of mixing up cocktails to order. That means more time enjoying the party, and less time stirring, shaking, and cleaning up.
Ketel One Vodka Cosmopolitan
This Cosmo is bright and citrusy, with just the right kick of vodka and hint of sweetness. It goes easy on the cranberry, producing a pretty pink cocktail, rather than the red, overly juiced version often seen at bars. Pour the chilled drink straight into a coupe or cocktail glass. For a hands-on touch, express a lemon peel over the top, then drop it into the glass.
Ketel One Vodka Espresso Martini
The Espresso Martini is a popular party option, ready to breathe life into guests with its dose of caffeine. This version features velvety flavors of rich espresso, plus dark chocolate and a hint of orange. Shake the chilled liquid with ice, then strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.
Tanqueray Gin Negroni
A classic Negroni should have just three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Here we’ve got Tanqueray gin, sweet vermouth, and “bitter liqueur” (Diageo doesn’t own Campari), so the flavor is a small departure from the classic, but it’s still well-balanced and hits all the right herbal and bittersweet notes you want in a Negroni. Pour the chilled cocktail into a rocks glass over a large ice cube, and garnish with an optional orange peel.
This Manhattan is with Bulleit straight rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It’s rich, spiritous, and ready to pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry if you’re feeling festive.
Bulleit Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is already easy to make, but this version removes the need for a mixing glass, strainer, and bar spoon. It features Bulleit Kentucky straight bourbon, sugar, and orange bitters. Pour the chilled cocktail into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.