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Holiday menus are a great way for you to reach out to your customers while celebrating the spirit of the season. Whether you run a quick-serve, sit-down, or take-out business, you can easily find a way to work out short-term specialty dishes for your restaurant or holiday party menus for your catering company to boost your profits through the season. Holiday-themed menus are always the perfect match for larger events, like corporate parties, or even just to accommodate customers who don't want to cook themselves. And best of all, with so many traditions happening at once, picking out the foods you want to offer has never been easier.
Hanukkah foods are one of the more difficult menu pieces to work into your lineup. Preparing food so that it's kosher is paramount to its acceptance, particularly with foods like beef (or any animal with a split hoof that chews cud), which can also mean going above and beyond your typical cooking preparation.
Capon and challah are two possibilities for your menu that don't require such stringent preparation. While they may not perfectly complement one another, they're great individual dishes. Capon is a rooster that has been raised and fed for maximum flavor, and challah is a traditional Hebrew bread that is braided so that diners can pull off a section at a time and enjoy. Each food has its own merits, and they're sure to appeal to the palates of your hungry customers.
For other recipes, check out the huge range of recipes that are available online, all of which are a great way to please your customers.
Christmas meals tend to be simpler than other holidays, mostly because Christmas dinner is often treated as a second Thanksgiving. But the big difference is the main course — instead of turkey, you have pig! A tasty glazed ham is the common centerpiece for this holiday, giving you the chance to throw in your own specialty ingredients to create a meal that customers will remember as uniquely yours. To fill out the remainder of your holiday party menu, you have hundreds of different new recipes that you can try. For Christmas meals, the sky is the limit!
A huge dinner with festive dishes is the best way to ring in the new year — particularly for any holiday catering your company may do. New Year's menus are traditionally filled with greens because of an old European superstition that the more greens you eat, the better your year will be. In some other traditions, pork and seafood take center stage for the same reason.
However, matching your menu to such a diversity of traditions can be difficult, especially with such a diversity of backgrounds and heritages in the United States. For example, the Spanish eat a dozen grapes at midnight, the Danish enjoy kale, and the Portuguese dine on roast suckling pig — and those are just a handful of European traditions. There are hundreds more throughout the world too, all ranging from outlandishly popular to incredibly obscure.
Or, on the other hand, you can embrace your own tradition and serve that to everyone instead. Regardless of your choice, your message is always the same — you're wishing customers a fresh year of full stomachs, fun evenings, and good luck.
Nothing beats the flavor combination of sweet and salty, all wrapped up in a beautifully garnished and decorated holiday martini!
Bring in the New Year the right way! Make that special toast this season with the refreshing taste of raspberry with an added spritz from your favorite champagne.
One of the most traditional holiday beverages is now featured as an elegant eggnog cocktail. Rimmed with your favorite classic cookies, this dessert beverage is the perfect after-dinner choice.
Combining tart cranberries, sweet vanilla, and the tropical flavor of coconut, this is Santa's favorite island cocktail! Lay back, and pretend you're soaking up the sun.
As you're decking the halls this season, we hope you fa-la-la-la-love these signature cocktail recipes! Whether you're looking for a shot to kick off your holiday party, a martini to sip during a long night of gift wrapping, a warm beverage for after a day in the snow, or a pitcher to share with your family and friends, we've got the recipe for you! And if you missed out on our other 12 Drinks of Christmas recipes, check out Part I and Part II!
Red and green are layered into a festive shot that looks as good as it tastes! Start the fun early with its sweet and spicy kick.
Combining an indulgent creaminess with a light and refreshing fruity punch, this playful beverage is all the fun you need for your grownup snow day!
Abounding with natural wintery fruit flavors that are infused into a deep red wine, this sangria is sure to warm up any holiday crowd.
Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, this hot and steamy drink is perfect for cuddling up after a long day out in the bitter cold!
Check back on Friday for the last four recipes in our 12 drinks of Christmas, and be sure to take a look at Part I for our first 4 drink recipes!
This refreshing drink includes a quick jab of vodka with the bitter bite of grapefruit juice, topped off with a hint of mint.
With Red Stag bourbon, cherry syrup, and a cherry garnish, you can't get much sweeter than this winter nightcap.
This dark, rich beverage harmonizes chocolate and peppermint for a perfect evening in front of the fireplace.
Made with a wide variety of ingredients and flavors, this recipe requires overnight refrigeration to marinade correctly — so you might as well make a lot of it!
Check back on Wednesday for the next four recipes in our 12 drinks of Christmas!