The holidays are almost over and we hope you had a great time with friends, family and food. But there’s still a little more celebrating to be done before the resolutions kick in! This week we’ll be serving up some tasty cocktail options to help you ring in 2010, no matter what your New Year’s Eve plans are.
If you’re looking to relax, try: Cucumber Lime Gin & Tonic
I fell in love with Hendrick’s gin one late night in Vegas last summer. I used to despise gin but have gradually come to love its fresh, clean taste. Hendrick’s is a craft gin from Scotland with hints of rose, cucumber and of course, juniper. It’s quirky taste fits perfectly with the quaint apothecary bottle it comes in. It may not be for everyone but this G & T upgrade is a perfect spa-like splurge for a relaxing NYE at home.
Cucumber Lime Gin & Tonic
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
splash ginger ale (*optional)
1 lime wedge
1 slice cucumber
Fill a lowball glass half way with ice. Add gin and a splash of tonic and/or ginger ale. Squeeze in a lime wedge and garnish with lime wedge and cucumber slices.
PS: Hendrick’s web site has tons of tasty looking recipes that I can’t wait to try!
If you’re looking to liven up a party, try: Strip & Go Nakeds
Although the name sounds scandalous, this recipe originally came to me via my mother from my grandmother’s friend who is a nun! A staple among my friends at many a college party and summer BBQ, Strip & Go Nakeds are refreshing but pack a big punch. Alternate this one with a less boozy drink (or water!).
Strip & Go Nakeds
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
1 concentrate can filled with vodka
2 light lager beers
In a large pitcher, pour one can of partially thawed lemonade concentrate. Fill the concentrate can with vodka and add to pitcher. Pour in two light lagers (this is one time when I would recommend a cheap light beer) and mix well.