THE COCKTAIL HOUR: A Toast to the New Year!

Tonight's the night we say goodbye to 2012 and while some of us will be out and about welcoming the new year, many will be saying hello to 2013 at home with just as much revelry and celebration!
Join us in a few of our New Year favs that we are sure will bring just a touch more fun to the festivities.

Melon Ball Drop
2 oz melon liqueur
1 oz citrus vodka
1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
juice of 1/2 lemon
sugar for rimming
melon ball for garnish
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Pour the liquids into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a melon ball.

The Happy New Year
1/4 oz brandy
3/4 oz ruby port
3/4 oz orange juice
4 oz Champagne
Pour the brandy, port and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne.

Midnight Martini
3 1/2 oz vodka or coffee vodka
1/4 oz coffee liqueur
Lemon twist for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well with bar spoon and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Blood Orange Gin Fizz
1 lime, thinly sliced into 6 circles
6 fresh basil leaves
1 bottle (750 ML) PC BLACK LABEL Blood Orange Sparkling beverage
3/4 cup gin
3 cups of ice cubes
4 small basil leaves (optional)
In pitcher, muddle 4 lime circles and large basil leaves together using the end of a wooden spoon. Add sparkling beverage, gin and ice cubes, stirring to combine. Divide among 4 chilled cocktail glasses. Slice remaining 2 lime circles and use to garnish along with a small basil leave.
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Kir Royale
3 ounces creme de cassis
1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine
6 strips tangerine or orange zest, for garnish
Pour 1 tablespoon creme de cassis into each glass. Fill with Champagne, garnish with zest and serve immediately.


  1. Dearest Anastasia,
    Happy New Year to you all and in good health!

  2. Chin Chin... let the celebrations begin! xoxo
    Happy New Year my Dear!

  3. Happy New Year! Best wishes to you in 2013! Xx

  4. The happiest of New Years to you!

  5. Mmmm. I can taste a midnight martini right now! Happy new year, A. Hope it's a wonderful one for you.