What Are You Drinking New Year’s Eve?

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A quiet Hogmanay planned for the House of Bourbon – an early evening drinks reception for those that can make it and then a chance to see where the evening takes us. The drinks menu for the evening gives me a chance to try out a few new drinks on the assembled crowd as well as use up some rapidly-aging ingredients from my fridge before they take too serious a turn for the worse. With all of this in mind, the menu has shaped up as follows:

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Of course we need at least one New Year themed drink on the menu – this one contains the required dose of Champagne and gives you a chance to use up any leftover Christmas Day port – left over port? What’s that?

  1. Add 1/4 oz of VSOP Cognac, 3/4 oz Tawny Port and 3/4 oz orange juice to a shaker.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute.
  3. Top with champagne and garnish with an orange slice on the rim of the glass

XANADU COSMO
A more refined, or grown up, Cosmopolitan. Something that has passed muster in its limited exposure so far and is now ready for wider consumption and hopefully approval:

  1. Add a measure of vodka, 1/2 a measure of Aperol, 1/2 a measure of orgeat, 1 1/2 measures of cranberry juice and 1/2 a measure of fresh lime juice to a shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a flamed twist of orange.

ADAM & EVE
Mainly chosen as its name rhymes reasonably well with New Year’s Eve…and because it’s been on my ‘need to try’ list for a few months now:

  1. Add 2 oz bourbon, 1/2 oz Galliano, 1/4 oz sugar syrup and three dashes of bitters to a shaker.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel (discard).

NEW YEAR ABSOLUTION
Another chance to get a New Year’s drink on the menu (this time with a nice pun as well):

  1. Add two teaspoons of honey and 1oz of absinthe to a shaker and stir until the honey has dissolved.
  2. Add 1oz of pressed apple juice.
  3. Shake with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.
  4. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of mint.

HAVANA COBBLER
Got a bottle of Ginger wine lurking on a shelf or in the back of a cupboard somewhere? This is the perfect opportunity to use it up:

  1. Add 2oz golden rum, 1oz of Tawny Port, 1/2 oz ginger wine and 1/4 oz sugar syrup to a shaker.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lime peel.

GRAVITY’S RAINBOW
Finally, an opportunity to use up the Earl Grey syrup that has been lurking in the depths of the fridge for a couple of weeks:

  1. Add 1.5oz gin, 1/2 oz of Earl Grey syrup, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/4 oz grenadine, a teaspoon of crème de violette and two dashes of rhubarb bitters to a shaker.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Happy New Year!

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