December 30, 2011
Ring in the new year with something tasty in your glass

appletini.jpgWhen it comes to New Year's Eve celebrations, you can go in all kinds of directions for tasty adult beverages. Champagne is always going to work, but there are plenty of other options.

Let us know what your favorites are - bonus points if you include a recipe in the comments below.

For now, here are a couple of simple ones:

1. "Appletini" (pun intended, from the iPad app "Cocktails HD")
1 ½ ounces vodka
½ ounce sour apple schnapps
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
1 maraschino cherry
Fill shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, schnapps and sweet and sour mix. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with the cherry.

2. "Thriller from Vanilla" (from "Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails")
¾ shot vanilla-infued Ketel One vodka
¾ shot Tanqueray London dry gin
½ Cointreau triple sec
2 shots freshly squeezed orange juice.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

For those who might get carried away this New Year's Eve, see the blog post below about how to get a free ride home that doesn't involve the police, bail and an unflattering mug shot.

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