December 31st 2011

(really easy) New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes

A highlight of holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities is getting together and enjoying fun, food, family, and friends… oh, and some drinks, too.

We’ve put together our favorite holiday inspired drink recipes, using the flavors of the season. Step aside peachy bellinis of late summer… instead, its replaced with deep red cranberries and pomegranates, tangy citrus, and lots and lots of champagne.

Citrus Sparkler

1 ounce mandarin or orange liqueur
4 ounces champagne
Fresh clementine peel, for garnish

Pour the liqueur into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish by twisting the clementine peel over glass. Drop it into the cocktail and serve.

Chocolate Raspberry Cocktail

Make this part in advance:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Small handful of fresh mint (including the stems)

Put the sugar, water, and mint in a small saucepan. Turn the stove to medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a sieve. Pour into a shallow dish

For the cocktail:

3 chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed
10 raspberries
1/4 cup vodka
2 tablespoons raspberry juice
Ice cubes
Put the crushed cookies in another shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into the mint sugar syrup and then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.

Put the raspberries in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to crush them. Add the mint/sugar syrup from the dish. Muddle again. Pour in the vodka, raspberry juice, and ice, adding enough ice to fill the shaker. Shake well until chilled. Strain into the martini glass. Serve.

Cranberry Grapefruit Fizzy

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka, chilled
2 ounces champagne, chilled
1 ounce cranberry juice, chilled
1 ounce black currant juice, chilled

Put the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to medium-high heat and stir, until sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries. Simmer until they are soft, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Strain the mixture, discarding the liquid, and put the cranberries on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, put the vodka, Champagne, cranberry juice, and black currant juice in a Champagne glass. Mix well. Thread about 5 frozen cranberries on a skewer and garnish.

Pear and Pomegranate Punch

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear juice
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne

Put pomegranate juice, pear juice, and liqueur in a large pitcher. Add the Champagne. Serve over ice.

Rosemary, Pear, and Cranberry Cocktail

2 tablespoons dried, lightly sweetened cranberries
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup pear juice
32 ounces white wine
8 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Put the cranberries in a small bowl. Add the water. add 2 tablespoons warm water. Soak for 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and refrigerate until serving.

Pour the pear juice in 8 Champagne glasses. Divide the cranberries among them. Top with the wine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Sparkling Ginger Wine

2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine

Put the ginger, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Boil until it looks like a syrup, about 2 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a bowl, discarding the solid ginger.
Pour 1 tablespoon of the syrup into 8 Champagne glasses. Top with the wine. Stir gently and serve.

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