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New Year’s Eve Cocktails – Part III

When it comes time for New Year’s Eve, I always feel, the less fuss the better. Making a big bowl of punch is an easy way to quench the thirsts of a big crowd. This following recipe should come with a warning, it is delicious and goes down easy. Very easy. But be careful! It will catch up to you…

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, try: Champagne (packs a) Punch

1 C. Triple Sec
1 C. Brandy
1/2 C. Chambord
2 C. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1 qt. Ginger Ale
2 Chilled Bottles Dry Champagne

In bowl, combine Triple Sec, Chambord, Brandy and pineapple juice. Chill covered 4 hours or overnight.

In a large punch bowl, combine cooled mixture, champagne, ginger ale and ice cubes.

Serves 10-25 people (depending on how much is poured!)

A great way to spice up a punch bowl is to add an ice ring with some color. Pour some fresh cranberries into a round Jell-O mold. Add water and freeze overnight and you have instant decor to your bowl!

If you are pregnant, try: Blood Orange Sparkling Juice

This year, I have to go for a slightly less potent drink. For those of you out there who are in my situation, or prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try Gavioli’s Blood Orange Sparkling Juice. It will give you your bubbly fix and something to sip on for the evening.

Please remember, if you are going to partake in any of these delicious beverages this New Year’s Eve, have a designated driver.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!


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New Year’s Eve Cocktails

If you’re looking to indulge, try: Bailey’s Irish Cream in a Chocolate Shot Glass

This is decadence at its best!  I was served one of these delicious shots at a family party many years ago and it has become a special event staple for me ever since.  First you take the shot, then you eat the glass!  If you have a specialty chocolate store in your area, chances are they sell these chocolate dessert cups.  If not, you can purchase them here.

Bailey’s Irish Cream in a Chocolate Shot Glass

1 shot Bailey’s
1 Chocolate Dessert Cup

Fill the chocolate shot glass to the top with Baily’s Irish Cream.  Drink, Eat, Enjoy!

If you’re looking to sip bubbly, try: Champagne with Pear Liqueur

This champagne cocktail is the perfect way to add variety to your New Year’s Eve Champagne.  The pear flavor is subtle, but still adds a little elegance and flavor.  For a special touch, add a fresh slice of pear.

Champagne with Pear Liqueur

1-2 tablespoons pear liqueur
Champagne or sparkling wine
1 ripe pear, thinly sliced

Pour 1-2 tablespoons of pear liqueur into a champagne flute. Top each glass with champagne or sparkling wine. Finally, place pear slice gently into the glass.

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New Year’s Eve Cocktails!

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.

Hendrick's Gin & Tonic

Cucumber Lime Gin & Tonic
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
splash tonic
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!).

Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

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.


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