Monday, December 31, 2012


I am halfway there...
Enjoying a few festive cocktails between Thanksgiving and New Years can be quite a lot of fun….
As long as you drink responsibly I recommend sipping the following high-spirited concoctions over the holidays…. This first one will surely take you to new heights! I could only finish half.
The Aviation is not for the faint of heart. This is a strong drink with character:
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons maraschino liqueur, preferably Luxardo
1/4 ounce Crème de Violette (that’s violet liquor from France)oh la la…
Lemon twist, for garnish.
Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to chill well, and then strain into a cocktail glass. Drizzle the Crème de Violette into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Yield: one cocktail.
According to The Aviation was once regarded as the prince of cocktails, but the scarcity of maraschino liqueur nearly sent the drink into tippler’s oblivion. The name of this feisty Depression-era cocktail is supposedly linked to air travel of the time—a risky venture not for the faint of heart. I say neither is this beguiling cocktail.  Bottoms up!

Another favorite is The Sugarplum Martini (above)it is quite delicious…But, it’s a secret recipe that I have not been able to get my hands on. I only suggest the drink because I ordered one once in a restaurant and it was so good I featured it on the blog. See sugarplum.  The only ingredient the owner shared with me was the Pearl Plum Vodka which tastes exactly like sugarplums. Once you get your hands on a bottle of this tasty vodka you can get creative or search online for how to make this wonderful drink. Cheers~ Its’ like taking your mouth on a magical sleigh ride through a winter wonderland..
And last, but certainly not least, is a classic Egg-Nog… Old New England to be exact. Just looking at the bottle makes me want to drink it up. It even looks Christmassy. Once you chill and taste this flavorful stuff it’s quite good and heavily spiked! …. I cannot think of anything better to make you Merry and Bright! Just add ice and be Jolly …..HO HO HO…..If there really is a Santa I am sure he drinks Old New England!
a cup of cozy


pam said...

they all look so yummy! I think I'll try the sugarplum for new year's eve, running out now to find the ingredients. Bottoms up!

carroll said...

Beautiful and yummy!! Anything with Bailey's Irish Cream is winner with me as well.

brianamet said...

I don't think there's anything warm and cozy you haven't mentioned in this blog!! Keep it up!
Happy New Year!

Michael said...

I am not a drinker but they are worth a try at certain occasions. Sugarplum Martini sounds like a winner.

Anonymous said...

This post is enticing me to try some new drinks!

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