COOKIES WITHOUT CRUMBS

With the holiday season in full swing, cookies are everywhere tempting you! Craving more but don’t think you can take one more bite? How about taking a sip instead? Yup, you read that right. If you’re making cookies for Santa, leave them on a plate. If you want to indulge in some for yourself and friends, serve them in a glass.

All of these drink recipes can be made into a martini, shooter or served on the rocks.

Choclate Cocktails CT

Oatmeal Cookie
½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
½ oz. Buttershots (butterscotch schnapps)
½ oz. Goldschlager

Chocolate Chip Cookie
½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
½ oz. Vanilla Schnapps
½ oz. Frangelico (hazelnut flavored liqueur)

Gingerbread Man
½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
½ oz. Goldschlager

Gingerbread Man Cookies Holiday Cocktail

Peppermint Patty
½ oz. Bailey’s
½ oz. Green Cream de Menthe
½ oz. Clear Cream de Cocoa

*All of these drink recipes can be made into a martini, shooter or served on the rocks

Non-alcoholic treat:

Nana’s Nog
3 cups milk
1 cup half ‘n’ half
3 Tablespoons of sugar
Put in blender with ice and frappe
Add some sprinkles or chocolate chips to decorate

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to try new things? Why not start right at midnight with your champagne toast? Here are some tips on how to dazzle up that same plain champagne and how to select a champagne or sparkling wine that will be pleasing to your palate.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Champagnes and sparkling wines are essentially the same thing but Champagnes are made in the Champagne region of France. When choosing your champagne or sparkling wine you will want to consider how dry or sweet you want it to be.

The driest ones are labeled as Brut or Extra Brut.
The middle range ones are called Extra Dry or Sec.
The sweeter ones will be labeled Demi-Sec or Doux.
The sweetest is Spumante.

Champagne Glasses

To dress up your champagne or sparkling wine this New Year’s Eve try these suggestions. You will want to use one on the drier side:

Berry Flavored Floats with Thomasello Wine
Thomasello makes sweet, berry flavor wines in raspberry, blueberry, and more. This is my personal favorite New Year’s Eve beverage:

Fill your glass ¾ full with champagne or sparkling wine
Float ½ oz. of your favorite flavor on top
*If you want the berry flavor to be more pronounced, just keep adding to taste

Tomasello Fruit Wines

Kir Royal
Fill your glass ¾ full with champagne or sparkling wine
Float ½ oz. of Cream de Cassis (black currant liqueur) on top

Mimosa
½ glass champagne or sparkling wine
½ glass orange juice
For a little extra kick add ½ oz. of an orange flavored liqueur such as triple sec

Raspberry Mimosa
½ glass champagne
½ glass orange juice
½ oz. Chambord (black raspberry flavor liqueur)

Mimosas are also great with brunch the next day to drink up your leftover champagne!

Champagne Cobbler
1 slice orange
1 lemon wedge
1 fresh, skinless pineapple wedge
3/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
4 oz. Champagne

Muddle the fruit and maraschino in the bottom of a bar glass. Add ice and champagne, stir gently and strain into a champagne flute. Garnish with flamed orange peel, and serve.