Toasting year's end with the perfect cocktail

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It’s New Year’s Eve! So let’s cue the cocktails. Sure, Christmas may be a fond memory for many, but the party’s not quite over – and tonight’s the night! New Year’s Eve can be a large, glamorous affair, or maybe it’s a handful of your closest friends – or just yourself, with a good  book, and a celebratory drink.

Remember, though, however you choose to celebrate, always remember to be responsible, and please don’t drink and drive. Tomorrow’s a brand new year – a brand new decade!

Season’s Greetings

Courtesy of Bacardi (Bacardi.com)

  • 2 parts favourite golden rum
  • 1/2 parts honey
  • 3/4 parts lime juice
  • 1 part white cranberry juice
  • garnish with pomegranate seeds (optional dehydrated citrus)

In a cocktail mixer, add rum honey, lime juice and cranberry juice. Fill mixer with ice and shake vigorously to dilute and chill. Double strain cocktail into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Holiday Coquito

Coquito is a Puero Rican holiday drink. Courtesy of Bacardi (Bacardi.com)

  • 1 1/2 parts favourite golden rum
  • 3/4 parts canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 parts canned cream of coconut
  • 1 1/2 parts canned condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 parts canned evaporated milk
  • 1 parts white sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 dashes vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass and serve on ice.

Seasons Celebrations

Courtesy of Grey Goose (Greygoose.com)

  • 1 1?2 parts pear-flavoured vodka (or favourite vodka infused with 1 part pear juice)
  • 4 parts fresh apple juice
  • 1/4 part maple syrup
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • lemon and apples slices
  • garnish: rosemary sprig and cinnamon

Add first three ingredients to a rocks glass. Drop in a few equal-sized lemon and apple slices, then add some sprigs of rosemary and cinnamon sticks as garnish.

Holiday Mule

Courtesy of Grey Goose (Greygoose.com)

  • 1 1?2 parts favourite vodka
  • 4 parts ginger beer
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • juice of half of a lime
  • garnish: cranberries, lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint

Fill mug with ice to chill it before mixing. Add juice from half a lime, freshly squeezed. Add vodka, then mix in ginger beer.

Pomegranate Margarita

Courtesy of Patron Silver Tequila (Patrontequila.com/silver?)

  • 1 1/2 parts favourite tequila
  • 3/4 parts fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 parts pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 parts agave nectar (or simple syrup)

Chill rocks glass by placing in refrigerator/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes (optional).

Cut one lime in half crosswise, then squeeze two halves of lime into a cup and set aside for Step 3. (Note: one lime will yield about 1 oz. fresh lime juice – you will need 3/4 oz. per cocktail.)

Measure and add all ingredients (except for garnish) into cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Remove rocks glass from fridge/freezer or if using water, empty the glass. Add fresh ice to rocks glass; strain contents of shaker into rocks glass. Garnish with a dehydrated (or fresh) lime wheel placed directly into glass.

Cranberry FIZZCocktail

Courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin (Hendricksgin.com/ca)

  • 1 part favourite gin
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 1 part sparkling wine
  • cucumber slices, mint, cranberries

Build in a highball glass with ice. Stir and garnish with cucumber slices, mint and cranberries.

Negroni

Courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin

  • 30 mL favourite gin
  • 30 mL sweet vermouth
  • 15 ml Campari
  • 15 ml Aperol

Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wedge.

Espresso Martini

A classic coffee cocktail. Courtesy of Monkey Shoulder Whisky (Monkeyshoulder.com)

  • 40 mL favourite whisky
  • 30 mL good quality strong espresso
  • 15 mL Tia Maria, or favourite coffee liqueur
  • dash sugar syrup to taste
  • doffee beans for garnish

Blend all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake VERY hard until foamy. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.

Midnight Mint

Courtesy of Baileys (Baileys.com)

  • ice cubes
  • 30 mL Baileys Original Irish Cream (or favourite cream liquer)
  • 30 mL favourite vodka (not flavoured)
  • 30 mL creme de menthe
  • mint leaves for garnish

Add some ice cubes into your cocktail shaker. Add all ingredients except mint leaves. Shake until everything is mixed and smooth. Strain mixture into martini glass. Garnish and serve.

 

Queen’s Punch

Courtesy of Bacardi

  • 2 parts favourite white rum
  • 1/2 parts honey
  • 3/4 parts lemon juice
  • 1 part apple cider (juice)
  • 1 part sparkling water
  • 2 parts dry sparkling apple cider
  • garnish with cinnamon sticks, optional dehydrated apple slices

In a large wine glass, add rum, honey and lemon juice. Fill glass with ice and stir gently to mix ingredients. Top with sparkling water and apple cider. Stir again gently to mix, top with more ice. Garnish and serve.

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