27th Dec2011


New Year’s Specialty Cocktail Recipes

by David Edessa

Recipes by David Edessa

I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Can you believe it’s already over?  It’s time to celebrate the New Year! What better way than with a great cocktail?

Here are some more delicious New Year’s Specialty cocktail recipes by David Edessa for your upcoming New Year’s party!  I hope you enjoyed his first post on Holiday Martinis.  I tried the Santa’s Cookies recipe and it was so good.

The first two use martini recipes use Monin Lavender Syrup.  It can be purchased online or in some coffee/tea shops. It’s about $6.00 for a 750ml bottle and adds a well worth refreshing hint to your party cocktails.  He ends this post with a yummy Egg Nog JELLO shot that is to die for!  Check them out!

Enjoy!

Lavender Lemontini

  • 2 oz. Stoli Lemon Vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Monin Lavender syrup
  • Lavender sprig for garnish

Directions: Fill cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes, add ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.

Blueberry Lavender Martini

  • 1.5 oz. Stoli Blueberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1 Tbsp. Monin Lavender syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice

Directions: Fill cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes, add ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass.  Finish your martini glass with a splash of Sparkling Moscato wine.  Use fresh blueberries as a garnish.

Pomegranate Persuasion Martini

  • 1.5 oz. Pearl Pomegranate Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice

Directions: Fill cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes, add ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass.  Finish your martini glass with a splash of Sparkling Moscato wine.  Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.

Eggnog JELLO Shots

Servings: About ten

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Eggnog
  • 1 oz. Envelope Unflavored Gelatin
  • ¾ cup Spiced Rum
  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Directions: In a small saucepan, bring eggnog to a boil. Pour eggnog into a heatproof bowl. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin over the eggnog and let it sit for a minute. Stir until gelatin is dissolved; allow the mixture to cool. Add rum, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; stir until well combined. Pour the mix into shot glasses and refrigerate until firm.

Helpful Tips:

  • Consider using plastic shot glasses available at most party supply stores.
  • Garnish Ideas- Whipped cream and holiday sprinkles, crushed candy canes or cinnamon sticks.
  • Use a few drops of green or red or blue food coloring for a festive look.

 

 

Photo Sources: PetitChef.com, Sarahjio.com, TheNibble.com

 

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David Edessa

David Edessa

David Edessa spent over twenty years managing night clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, and after hour clubs. He has traveled and operated in major markets like Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas, playing a major role in launching and managing restaurants. David has served as a consultant for California fine dining restaurants as well as for premier entertainment venues in Orange County, California. David has a knack for selecting the perfect taste and flavor combinations for both food and drink. He honed his skills on the culinary aspect of mixology and recipes development, with an understanding and appreciation of the liquors, beers, and wines of the world.

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