Here are seven cocktails to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
1. The Sparkler:
If your New Year's resolution is to get fit, this festive drink only has 78 calories.
• 3 oz. Gekkeikan Zipang
• 3 Peach slices
• 3 Plum slices
• 1 oz. Monin O free Pomegranate Syrup
Muddle Peaches and Plums with Syrup, shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute, top with Gekkeikan Zipang and stir.
Herradura Espresso.(Courtesy Photo)
2. Herradura Espresso:
Not used to staying up so late? Have one of these and you'll definitely make the Times Square
• 1.5 oz. Herradura Anejo
• 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
• 1.5 oz. Espresso
• 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
• 1.5 oz. Heavy Cream
Place all ingredients excluding the heavy cream in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over ice in to a chilled coupe glass. In a separate shaker place the heavy cream and cubed ice, shake hard to aerate then pour carefully over a bar spoon to layer the cream over the coffee. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.
3. 525 Fizz:
Prosecco is a nice bubbly alternative to champagne.
• 1 oz. New Amsterdam
• 1 1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
Combine, shake and strain vodka & elderflower liqueur into a chilled absinthe washed martini glass. Top with prosecco and garnish with fresh rosemary.
French Kiss and Sparkling Cran-Razzy. (Courtesy Photo)
4. Basil Hayden's Stroke of Midnight:
If you have no one to kiss at the stoke of midnight, celebrate with a sip of this.
• 1 part Basil Hayden's Bourbon
• Sparkling Apple Juice
Add Basil Hayden's Bourbon to a champagne flute. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling apple juice. Garnish with a sliced apple.
5. Sparkling Cran-Razzy:
This mocktail available at Fresh Hamptons (203 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-537-4700, freshhamptons.com
) is ideal for the New Year's Eve non-drinkers.
• 1 parts Cranberry Juice
• 2 parts Club Soda
• 1 part Raspberry Puree
Combine cranberry juice and raspberry puree in a champagne flute. Top with club soda.
The Sparkler and Basil Hayden's Stroke of Midnight. (Courtesy Photos)
6. Bar Drake Manhattan:
A classic to end the night or early morning.
• 2 1/4 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
• 1 oz. Fonseca BIN 27 Port
• 2 oz. bar spoon of Maple Syrup
• Dash of Angostura Bitters
Pour all ingredients over ice into a mixing glass. Stir the drink and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.
7. French Kiss:
The perfect way to end 2013 and cocktail choice to ring in the New Year.
• 1 oz. CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac
• 1/4 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
• 1/4 oz. Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut
Combine CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac and raspberry liqueur in a chilled champagne flute. Top with Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut and garnish with raspberry.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com