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Holiday get-togethers are in full swing! We’re here to show you a new way to get guests mingling and into the holiday spirit.
While ugly sweater parties are nice, and sit down dinner parties are grand, it’s hard to differentiate your party from the twelve other ones your guests have already attended this year. If you’re looking for a way to throw the party of the year, we’re here to help you out. Perhaps encouraging your guests to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas, or an all red or all green outfit can put a little pep into the normal Christmas attire. Concentrate on making yourself, as the host, as well as your guests as cozy and relaxed as possible. But, don’t stop there!
With the rise of fantasy sports, and the NFL playoffs on their way, why not throw this into your holiday gathering this year? With Yahoo Daily Fantasy, you can start a new tradition- you don’t have to dedicate an entire season to fantasy sports, but an entire party to get your fill!
Now, let’s plan a party!
First, pick a date and time for your shindig, and make your invite list of who you want to include. It’s really going to be this simple – we promise.
Next, decide what you’re going to serve. Do you want to do a cocktail party, or a full on sit down dinner? Let’s opt for a cocktail party so the fantasy sports players can sit and grub while they play away.
Grab your computer and introduce them to Yahoo! Daily Fantasy. With Yahoo! Daily Fantasy, guests can play on their own or team up to play the only fantasy sports league that offers both full season fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports. Not a football buff? No problem! Yahoo Daily Fantasy offers play for all sports, so your guests can choose based on their sports preference.
Gifting Yahoo Daily Fantasy credit instead of the normal cookies and candies will leave your guests planning their next get together before this one is even over. This will also help your guests continue talking about your party to other friends and family when they are able to share their grab bag gift and their next party.
Chances are this game night party is going to be one for the books and will continue to be a tradition for years on end.
Now, onto food and drinks. Though this may just be a cocktail party, it’s crucial you have some bites so that your guests don’t get too out of hand. We were lucky enough to round up some delicious food and drink recipes that are easy enough to make, but uniquely created by some of Chicago’s top chefs and beverage directors. I’m telling you – this party is going to be the talk of the town!
By Jon Ruiz, Beverage Director, AMK Kitchen + Bar
1.5 oz Hop Head Vodka
.5 oz ginger liqueur
.75 lime juice
.5 pure cane simple syrup
Top with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
Combine ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled Moscow mule mug.
1.5oz of Aviation gin
.75oz of Lemon juice
.5oz of Hibiscus syrup
.5oz Ginger liquor
.5oz Spiced pear liquor
2 dashes of Apple bitters
2 counts of Champagne
1 spirg of torched rosemary for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with fresh ice. Shake vigorously, add two counts of Champagne and then double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and torch with a light until the end is burnt.
AMK Burger By Executive Chef Barney Smith, AMK Kitchen + Bar
1 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ teaspoon celery salt
1lb ground chuck
2 slices of White American Cheese
Directions: Gently shape ground chuck into burger patties ¾ inch thick. Use your thumb to make a shallow depression in the center of each burger to prevent puffing.
Combine dry ingredients and season the patties with the mixture.
Grill patties until the patties begin to sweat on the top side. Flip the patties, top with cheese and cook for 3 minutes for medium rare.
1 cup Mayo
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup fresh ground horseradish
2 tablespoons Dijon
Directions: Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside
1 large egg
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 ½ cup of beer of choice
Sliced garlic dill pickles
Directions: In a small mixing bowl add flour, egg, garlic powder and black pepper. Stir in beer and add more as needed, until batter is the consistency of heavy cream.
Dredge sliced pickles with flour and then dip into the batter with tongs.
Deep fry the pickles in vegetable or canola oil at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
To assemble: Stack beef patty on bun, slather with sauce, top with fried pickles and serve.