1. Sprinkle a few shakes of gold or silver onto a flat plate.
2. Moisten the rim of flute using a clean wet sponge.
3. Twist moistened rim into sprinkled-out gold or silver.
Earlier today Dana told us about White Jasmine Sparkling Tea and I can't help but imagine a tall glass of sparkling tea rimmed with gold.
Aside from blinging-up your cocktail glasses, you can also embellish food and other drinks. What about a few flourishes of gold on Christmas morning lattes, or this hot café brûlot. I can see it applied to leafy pie crust cut-outs, painted on truffles, sprinkled on mousse and crème brûlée.
I'd consider this bit of conspicuous consumption (literally) a cheerful little indulgence in an otherwise modest holiday season.