If you're getting ready for a New Year's Eve blowout or a New Year's Day event with friends and/or kids, there's probably some drinking in your near future. I've long advocated the use of signature cocktails at parties, as discussed in this video. But I think another way to take your shindig to the next level is to experiment not only with what you serve, but also with the way you serve it.
In this installment of the Good to Know series that I host with Laurie March for Cooking Channel, we take cocktail service to the next level. Cucumber shot glasses? Check. Liquor bottles encased in ice, just the way P. Diddy gets it when he orders bottle service? Check. (Okay, he probably doesn't use a leftover soda bottle for the encasing, but this trick works so well, you'll feel like a mogul too.) And frozen drinks inside pineapple chalices? But of course.
I know you may associate frozen pineapple drinks with the summertime, but seasons are just a construct, man. Well, okay, they're also a product of the earth's rotation around the sun, but mostly, they're a construct. I love throwing a party in the winter where you crank up the heat, take off your sweater, and serve summery drinks.
You can find more detailed directions on turning a pineapple into a drinking vessel here.