Saturday, December 31, 2011

Champagne and Chocolate - New Years Eve Beverages

What are you doing New Years... New Years Eve?!  Whether it's a quiet night at home with family or a large party with numerous friends, the food and drinks should be memorable for ringing in the New Year.

For the last several years, we've spent New Years Eve with some family and friends.  There is always a pleasing spread of food; such as BBQ cocktail franks, veggie pizza, salads, leftover Christmas cookies, bacon-wrapped water-chestnuts, and spinach dip.  At midnight, champagne is the typical beverage of choice.

If you are looking for a few fun drink recipes, I hope one of these can make a guest appearance at your event.

Chocolate Irish Cocktail
- 1 shot of premium vodka
- 1 1/2 shot of Irish Cream
- 1 shot of milk
- Chocolate syrup

Add ice to a short glass.  Pour in the vodka, Irish cream, and milk.  Stir until liquids are mixed together.  Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the top in a cross-hatch pattern (something taken from my days as a barista at Starbucks).  Serve and enjoy!

Holiday Champagne
- 4 to 5 ounces of champagne (regular, not blush or color)
- 1 TBSP of cranberry juice
- 2 whole cranberries

Pop 2 or 3 whole cranberries into the bottom of the champagne flute for decoration.  Then pour the champagne into the flute.  Add the cranberry juice and stir slowly. 

This idea came for - Poinsettia Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Shots
- 4 oz. package of chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup cold milk
- 3 oz. Irish Cream
- 3 oz. Kahlua
- 1 cup "Cool Whip"

Combine the milk and pudding mix into a bowl.  Use a mixer to blend evenly.  When it's smooth, blend in the liquors.  Fold in the cool whip.  Separate into individual cups.  Refrigerate until party time.

This recipe was sent in by a friend - she found the recipe on My Science Project.

Most importantly, drive safe and plan ahead!  I hope that you all have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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