Posted on December 27 2011
As we start pondering about all the wonderful possibilities of 2012, we still have celebrating to do! Whether you're ringing in the new year with a couple of friends, attending a party or hosting one of your own, you can get a little creative by adding a little sass to your flask (or Champagne flute). Here are some tasty twists to your typical cocktails, while keeping your health in mind! Hosting a party?
- Allow your guests to pick their own garnishes to their Champagne toast by placing small bowls with raspberries, lemon peels, sliced strawberries or sliced oranges. Always stick with healthy and natural garnish choices.
- Pour a glass of Champagne, top it off with cognac and add a thin orange slice (with peel still on).
- Pour a glass of Champagne, top off with Limoncello and add a twisted lemon peel.
- There's still time to create your very own flavored vodka creation! Using an airtight glass bottle, combine vodka and your favorite fruit or herb. Here are some suggestions: watermelon, pear, pineapple, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, rosemary, apple, mint.
- Thinly slice the fruit so there is more surface area to allow more flavor to be absorbed into the vodka. If using berries, gently squeeze them first so the flavor is more easily absorbed.
- Keep bottle sealed for approximately two to six days and away from direct sunlight. Time will vary depending on the potency of the ingredient.
- To ensure the flavor is absorbed in time for New Years, keep your batches small, approximately 1 liter or less.
- How much fruit do you put in? Depending on your preference of flavoring, anywhere from one piece (apple) to a fist full of berries.
- For a gift, bottle the infused vodka in a decorative airtight bottle and when it's ready to go, tie a ribbon and gift tag around the top. Voilà!
- If you're giving one as a gift, I recommend making a duplicate batch so you can taste test it to ensure it's to your liking.
- 1 bottle of red table wine, thinly sliced fruit (eg: apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, or strawberries), approx. 3 shots of vodka or light rum.
- Instead of using sugar or simple syrup, add approx. 2 tbsp. of lemon juice. Plus, gently muddle the fruit to release its sweet flavor.
- If this concoction is too strong to your liking or to give it a little fizz, add zero calorie soda water.