Mixologist Ted Kilgore Shares Tips on How to Make Holiday Parties Special with Cocktails! #LAStory

Fall & winter holiday evening cocktail parties, brunch and homemade gifts are on everyone’s mind as we gear up for the holiday season. Social media is taking center stage as one of the newest ways to plan and execute a home soiree. Event hashtags along with elaborate party photo shoots and creative party details appearing on Pinterest are trending this year.

Mixologist and Spirits Expert Ted Kilgore has some great ideas, tips and tricks for you for this holiday season. I love his latest ideas. Don’t know who Ted Kilgore is? Check out his bio:


The Last Word is anchored by the continued drive and obsession of Ted Kilgore, spirits and mixology professional. In the 12+ years that Ted has been in the business of drinks, Ted has become one of the most recognized mixologists in the Midwest.
In his thirst for knowledge, Ted has studied under such industry leaders as Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Doug Frost, and Gary Regan. In May of 2007, he attended the B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource) in Manhattan and earned the prestigious B.A.R. Ready Certification. Attending Tales of the Cocktail, Grand Marnier Mixology Summits, and research and development travel have helped keep Ted apprised of the national and international cocktail and spirits scene.
Ted can be found mixing drinks at Planter’s House in the beautiful Lafayette Square neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.


In addition, many party experts say people are anxious for gatherings to be less expensive with a more casual cocktail party approach, rather than a sit-down dinner, because it allows guests to mingle more freely. Planners say food can be simple and decorations don’t have to be fancy,

Another idea when hosting a holiday get together is to make some unique and simple DIY infusions before the party begins in order to create personalized and fun cocktails. Infusions, or the process of soaking any combination of botanical ingredients in spirits, are a simple way to make all-natural flavored liqueurs not available in stores– and there’s no end to the creative possibilities. Herbs, spices and fruits are most commonly used for infusions. It’s a great way to make your party different instead of serving the same old cocktails and, you can send guests home with these infusions packaged in a cute apothecary bottle or mason jar.

You can also dress up your drinks with unique garnishes, such as fresh cranberries skewered on toothpicks or cinnamon sticks. For the table, use brown craft paper that you can write on and indicate where your guests can go for the different flavor infusions and draw a line connecting the best food pairings for each flavor.

If you want to learn more about Ted Kilgore or want to see him in action, this midwest mixologist is based in St. Louis and now has opened Planters House, his own establishment. Find out more at http://www.lastwordcocktails.com/

Thanks to Ted Kilgore for all the great tips, tricks and party ideas!!

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