Toast to the New Year in style with one (or several) of these six international cocktails. Pick your pleasure and pucker up.
Pimms Royal Cup – An elegant English refresher
The Pimms Cup, the official beverage at Wimbledon, is a refreshing beverage mixing Pimms, a spicy citrus infused gin, with 7-up, lemon and cucumber. A little twist with Champagne results in the Pimms Royal Cup suitable for any special occasion. All that's needed to make this tasty beverage is Pimm's No. 1 and Champagne.
Add 1 1/2 ounces of Pimm's No.1 to a Champagne flute and top it off with Champagne.
Kir Royal – A classic French twist on the Champagne Cocktail
1 part cassis, 5 part champagne.
Pour the casis in the bottom of a champagne flute and gently pour 5 times that amount of your favorite champagne on top. What results is a flamboyant red cocktail welcome at any gathering. Garnish with a strawberry or black berry on the side of the flute for extra flair.
Sgroppino - Leave it to Giadda de Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian on the Food Network, to present this enticing Italian cocktail for two.
1 cup chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine)
2 tablespoons chilled vodka
1/3 cup frozen lemon sorbet
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
Pour the Prosecco and vodka into 2 Champagne flutes, diving equally. Spoon a scoop of sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve immediately
Beijing Bellini - Try this recipe from Andrew Krauss of New York City’s China 1 Antique Lounge. It's good luck with a nutty flavor.
3 parts Champagne or Dry Italian Prosecco
1 part Lychee wine or Lychee Liquor (Soho brand)
1 Lychee nut dropped to bottom of glass
Serve in a tall champagne glass
Jameson Irish Apple - A super simple sour apple smoother.
2 oz Apple Pucker Schnapps
2 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
Serve over ice
Coquito – A Puerto Rican holiday favorite with coconut flair. This beverage is a super sweet end to the evening. Very easy to prepare ahead.
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1 can (13.5oz) coconut cream
1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
1 bottle (10 oz) white rum (Bacardi recommended
½ tsp cinnamon
Mix the ingredients in the blender. When finished put in a large glass decanter. Refrigerate and serve cold.
Best wishes for a joyous new year!