You must bring in the 2016 with a drink in your hand. Do you have a favorite drink at the strike of midnight? Here are my Top 5 Tis’ the Season Cocktails for the New Year!
If there is one rule, you must have wine as the number one item on that list. I am a wine drinker. Red all the way, the dryer the better. Josh’s Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my favorites, smooth and rich with flavor. Pairs well with any food, especially pasta. A bottle of this gem will run around $11.99 in most wine stores. I even have a photo framed on my living room wall of Josh’s Wine. That’s how delicious it is.
Since you have a red, it’s only fair to have a white. Cavit Pinot Grigio is light with a fruity finish. A good choice for most white wine drinkers. Pairs well with seafood and is great for a Holiday Sangria. A bottle will run about $10.99 in your local liquor store.
It’s not the holidays with good old fashion Egg Nog. Egg Nog is festive all by itself. Always reminds me of the movie, Christmas Vacation when Clark realizes he was enrolled in the “Jelly of the Month” Club rather than a Christmas Bonus. He dips his reindeer glass by the horns into this big bowl Egg Nog. Such a Classic! Now you can spike up the Egg Nog if you’re looking for some fun with a little bit of my next favorite….
Brandy and Whiskey
Let’s begin with Brandy. Always in a nice crystal canister with someone’s initials on the bottle. That’s exactly what my husband’s gift was this year. I believe every man should have a crystal canister with Brandy in it along with a cigar. So manly yet so sexy. Crown Royal with coke or on the rocks will sure make the gentlemen at your party happy. A nice Cognac or even a Bourbon will bring the party together. Not to mention adding a shot to your egg nog.
New Year’s isn’t complete without Champagne. A glass of bubbly when the ball drops and kiss from your favorite man in your life won’t hurt a bit. One of my favorite Champagne drinks is the Poinsettia. Cranberry juice and champagne. Yum. Perfect for a New Year’s Brunch with family. Mimosa’s are the most popular for brunch, but the red just is a perfect color for the holiday season. I love to serve these in a long fluted glass with a couple cranberry’s floating around. Refreshing and fancy!
Although similar to champagne, they are quite different. Prosecco is from Italy while Champagne is from regions of France. As for tasting, Champagne has a more toasty, rind taste and Prosecco is more fruity. Also, the price difference is a biggy. Champagne can run you about $40.00, Prosecco $13.00. So, yes I prefer Prosecco. You can use Prosecco for just as many drinks as you use Champagne in. Sangria, Poinsettia’s, you name it. I do prefer fruit with Prosecco, raspberries or strawberries are my favorites.
Let’s raise your glasses to 2015 and say hello to 2016! Cheers to you and Happy New Year!