Build Your Own Holiday Bar

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of filling your home with friends and family during the holidays. We wait all year to gather with our loved ones and celebrate the season with food, laughter, and of course, a few drinks. When it’s your turn to host, however, the stress of planning can make you feel more like the turkey in the pressure cooker than bursting with holiday spirit.

Crafting a menu that satisfies everyone can be exhausting. Just choosing a crowd-pleasing cocktail is enough to make you want to skip straight to January. How do find the perfect drink for your aunt who prefers fruity and your sister who only likes sweet? Or impress your mixologist cousin without deterring your vodka-tonic loving grandpa?  

The answer? Add an artistic mix into the holiday spirit with a DIY cocktail bar. Allow guests to get creative with cocktails and craft their own garnishes, while you get to enjoy the party.

What You’ll Need

Start with the backbone of the bar; Van Gogh Vodka. With 16 different expressions to choose from, there is a flavor for every guest’s’ palate. The bonus? Each flavored expression undergoes an all-natural double infusion process so the taste is always bold, and never artificial.  

Try our decadent Van Gogh Dutch Caramel for the sister with the sweet tooth, and tropical Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry for your fruit-loving aunt. Don’t forget to put out the premium Van Gogh Vodka, blended with wheat from Holland, France and Germany, for your vodka-tonic loving grandpa. Find the right mix for your group, and learn more about our expressions here.

Step 2: Mixers

Give your guests options to mix-and-match their cocktails. Our favorite mixers include: cranberry, club soda, tea, lemonade, orange juice, pineapple juice, ginger beer and apple cider. For a standard cocktail, try 1 part Van Gogh Vodka and 2 parts mixer in a rocks glass with ice, then stir and garnish. Visit our recipe page for inspiration.

Step 3: Garnish

Let your creativity shine by experimenting with different garnish options. Try your favorite fruit and an herb like rosemary or mint.

Step 4: Show off your masterpiece

Top it off and compare cocktail creations for added entertainment.