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 Cocktail¾ 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.
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 Ku1 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!