Cocktail, Anyone?

The new year is fast approaching.  Hold on to your hats, it’s 2013!  How are you going to celebrate?  For most people it will be spent among friend and/or family eating and drinking until midnight.  The usual beer and wine will be served along with a champagne toast at midnight.  But if you are hosting one of these soirees, why not jazz it up a bit?  Check out these festive cocktail recipes sure to start your new year with a BANG!

** Disclaimer: please drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.  There’s even a non-alcoholic beverage in here for them! **

Pomegranate Prosecco  Pomegranate Prosecco

  8 sugar cubes

  1 cup pomegranate liqueur

  2 (750-milliliter) bottles Prosecco

(From Coastal Living)             Garnish: pomegranate seeds 

Put 1 sugar cube in each of 8 Champagne flutes; add 2 tablespoons pomegranate liqueur to each glass. Fill glasses with Prosecco (about 3/4 cup each). Garnish, if desired.

  Winter Solstice Cocktail

  1 1/2 ounces orange vodka

  1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau

  1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, preferably from Meyer lemons

   (From Martha Stewart)         Ice cubes

                                             Club soda, chilled

                                             1 mint leaf, for garnish

                                             1 raspberry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda. Carefully fold mint leaf in half lengthwise and place the stem end into the opening of the raspberry. Float on top of cocktail and serve immediately.

  Italian Sparkling Citrus Punch

1 Cup vodka

1 1/2 Cups simple syrup

1 1/2 Cups limoncello

(From care2.com)                                       1/2 Cup lemon juice

                                                                 1 Bottle prosecco

In a large punch bowl, mix all ingredients except prosecco . Cover and refrigerate for about two hours. When ready to serve, pour prosecco into the punch bowl with the limoncello mixture and add ice.

Hard Cider Sangria

  Hard Cider Sangria

1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples

1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise

1 cup apple juice, chilled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

(From Food and Wine)                  1/4 cup apple brandy

                                                    One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled

                                                     Ice

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

Sparkling Peach Sunrise

  Sparkling Peach Sunrise (non-alcoholic)

3 ounces fresh peach juice

3/4 ounce grenadine

lemon-lime soda to fill

Pour the peach juice over ice in a highball glass.

(Found on About.com)           Fill with soda.

Slowly pour the grenadine into the drink – it will sink to the bottom and slowly rise, integrating into the drink.

Enjoy and be safe! 

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