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New Year’s Resolution: More Cocktails!

It’s time to untangle ourselves from the mania of Christmas and focus on the next big event: New Year’s Eve. That night will mark the first anniversary of my home cocktail craziness. Last NYE, armed with my new MixShakeStir cocktail book, I hit the liquor store with a shopping list of liquors culled from the tastiest sounding drinks… and returned to discover that I could really make only half of each drink (thanks a lot, Kirkland liquor store).

Fortunately, the year has been more fun than frustrating, and that deserves a toast. What’s the best beverage to raise high for that toast? You got it — champagne.

But let’s dress up that sparkling wine (because any will do – champagne, Prosecco, cava).  Here are a few recipes that add oomph without hassle.  As is the trouble with all recipes calling for wine or beer, unless a specific brand and year is listed, results may vary. Pop open your bottle and use the ratios below as a starting point and then tinker to preference. Oh, and use chilled ingredients.  All should be served in a champagne flute or coupe.

1. Although around just a few years now, the St. Germain Cocktail is nearly a classic. If you don’t have one of these beautiful St. Germain bottles, stop reading and hit the store!

St. Germain Cocktail

¾ oz St. Germain liqueur
2 oz sparkling wine
Slice of strawberry or a raspberry to garnish (optional)

2. This version of the classic Champagne Cocktail substitutes bourbon for brandy and omits the bitters.  My husband agreed that this would be a good drink for those who like bourbon but aren’t enthusiastic about champagne.  I did cut corners by using commercial vanilla syrup (commonly used in lattes) instead of making my own.

Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

 1 oz bourbon
½ oz vanilla syrup (I used DaVinci’s)
4 oz champagne
½ vanilla bean to garnish (optional)

3. Looking for another use for my Ty Ku (as featured here previously), I played around with recipes from other sites and came up with this:

NY Ty Ku

1 oz Ty Ku
1 oz Prosecco
¾ oz lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade)
Add agave or simple syrup sweetener if desired.

Shake Ty Ku and lemonade with ice, then strain into a flute glass. Add chilled Prosecco and stir gently. This is a light sipping drink.

Cheers to 2011!  ICE

Next: I’m going to take a blog-break for a few weeks to work on my cocktail resolutions. Stay tuned!

 

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6 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution: More Cocktails!”

  1. Sheila Says:

    Love the St. Germain. Even if just to look at the beautiful bottle.

    Happy New Year, ICE!

  2. Cara in the House Says:

    Happy new year! Excited to see what the new year will bring for ice+clink+drink!

  3. Devin Says:

    LUV the NY tyku. I’d been experimenting recipes over the holidays, but this is a new one. Thanks. Resolution for me is to stay fit so cutting calories is a big one!

    my favorite:

    “Nog-a-Sake”
    TY KU Sake
    Low Cal Eggnog
    1tsp Nutmeg
    Shake over Ice

    I also found some more recipes here:

    http://www.teamkyku.com/cocktails

    Happy new year!
    -devin :) xo

  4. Vanessa Says:

    oooh yum! thanks iceclinkdrink for some great cocktail ideas. devin, wish i would have know a bout your ty ku nogasake before my holiday party :) yum

    My resolution is for sure to cut calories for 2011, so I’ll keep these in mind!

  5. Adriana Says:

    TY KU is making is so easy for me to cut calories and still have fun! I almost feel like i’m cheating my diet when drinking this stuff. Love all their cocktails too. Check them out at http://www.teamtyku.com/cocktails

  6. LYNN Says:

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! love this!

    http://bit.ly/hOqRNN

    LYNN <3