One of the newest trends in entertaining has been the beverage bar. It has evolved from the classic tea service, to a coffee bar, and now encompasses hot chocolate or other warm drinks for the winter season.
Even though our Michigan winter temperatures have not been as cold as past years, I decided to get my beverage bar together for the holidays. I chose a portion of my kitchen counter and devoted it to some toppings, flavors, and just fun coffee and tea selections. Under the counter are drawers devoted to flavors of tea, coffee, tea pots, serving ware for beverages, and other accessories. Of course, whipped cream, milk, honey, and chocolate syrups are also available one step away.
One of the best parts of assembling a beverage bar is putting together a list of recipes for guests to try different types of drinks. Some require marshmallows, syrups, heated or frothed milk. A selection of different types of ceramic mugs or glassware should also be available nearby.
If you do not have room for a whole beverage area every day, be sure to set one up for your holiday entertaining parties, and watch how much fun everyone has making their selections.