Best Festive Drinks
The New Year is a great time to indulge in a few festive drinks. Of course, what makes a drink festive is the atmosphere in which it is prepared and enjoyed, so a New Years celebration is the perfect place to get adventurous with your cocktails. Whipping up a few cocktails is a lot of fun, especially when you are trying new flavors and recipes. Here are a few great recipes to try as you bring in the New Year and continue to celebrate throughout 2010 and beyond.
The Classic Champagne Cocktail
This is one of the ultimate cocktails for champagne lovers. Unlike many champagne cocktails, this one enhances the flavors and is best made with good quality champagne.
1 sugar cube
2-4 dashes Angostura bitters
Drop the sugar cube into the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Moisten the sugar cube with a few dashes of bitters. Pour the champagne over the sugar cube and garnish with a lemon twist.
The Bellini is a nice fruity champagne cocktail. In some ways this is similar to the Mimosa, but it has a distinct and unique flavor.
1-2 oz peach nectar
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Mix the juices in a chilled champagne flute. Stir well and gently pour champagne to the rim.
You can choose to use more or less peach nectar depending on how fruity you like your cocktail. Either way it will be a delightfully refreshing drink.
The Caipirinha is also gaining popularity throughout the world. It is best made with Cachaca, a Brazilian alcohol made from sugar cane, but light rum is an acceptable substitute if you can't find any Cachaca.
1.5-2 oz Cachaca
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 lime or .5-1 oz fresh lime juice
Cut the lime into at least 4 pieces. Put the lime wedges and sugar into an old fashioned glass and muddle well. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then pour the Cachaca over the top. If you don't have the tools to muddle the lime and sugar, you can use fresh lemon juice instead. Combine the lime, sugar and Cachaca in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Then pour into an old fashioned glass filled with crushed or whole ice cubes.
Tom and Jerry
The Tom and Jerry is a hot drink that slightly resembles eggnog. It is believed that the famous bartender Jerry Thomas invented the Tom and Jerry. This drink is a great wintertime treat.
1-2 oz dark rum (substitute light if you want a lighter drink)
1-2 oz brandy
1 egg, separated
1 tsp sugar
Freshly ground nutmeg
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks begin to form. Add the sugar and continue beating until peaks are stiff. Beat the yolk until it is thick and frothy. Beat in the brandy and rum. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, making sure you don't flatten the egg whites. Pour the batter into a warm mug. Gently fill the mug with hot milk, sprinkle with nutmeg, and enjoy.