Friday, December 30, 2011

Vintage Cocktails for New Year's Eve

Vodka Gimlet
Two parts vodka
Ice cubes
One part Rose's lime juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Orange slice

Place three ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Add ingredients, shake,
strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice.

The Sidecar
It has been said that this drink was named after an eccentric military man who used to arrive at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in the sidecar of of a chauffeur-driven motorcycle.

Ice cubes
One and half parts brandy
One part Cointreau
One part lemon juice (or more to taste)

Place 4 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Pour ingredients over
ice and mix well.  Strain in to glass.

French 75                                                       
Named after a WW1 French light field gun, known as the 75.This cocktail was also created at Harry's New York Bar in Paris
after the war.

One part dry gin
Two dashes of simple syrup
Chilled dry champagne
A twist of lemon

In a champagne flute pour gin and simple syrup.  Top off with
champagne and garnish with lemon twist. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quick Ideas for Kid's New Year's Eve Party

Here are some quick and easy party ideas for kids this New Years Eve.
  • Craft idea - make your own party hats.  Great way to use up craft odds and ends.  Make hats out of construction paper, or buy plain, solid colored top hat style hats at the party store.
  • Make it a pajama party.  Kids love to be in comfy cozy pj's, and parents will appreciate that they are ready for bed when it is time to go.
  • Serve finger foods.
  • Dessert ideas - Home made ice cream sandwiches with confetti sprinkles, chocolate covered pretzel rods, chocolate covered marshmellows, cupcakes.
  • Take home goody bag - decorate with a clock design, 2012.
  • Adults like to make new years goals, so why not kids too.  Depending on their age, this is a great way for them to learn to set goals.  Have them write down their ideas of things they would like to do in 2012. You can share them by reading them out loud, or make a collage that they can take home.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Champagne 101

Getting ready for New Year's Eve?  One of the many things on your list to do could be to buy the Champagne for that special toast when the clock strikes midnight.  Not sure what the lable means when buying Champagne? Here is a quick guide to help you.

Brut: dry, less than 1.5% sugar
Extra Sec: extra dry, 1.2 to 2% sugar
Sec: medium sweet, 1.7 to 3.5% sugar
Demi-Sec: sweet, 3.3 to 5% sugar (Served as a dessert champagne)
Doux: very sweet, over 5% sugar (Served as a dessert champagne)

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