Cheers. Let’s celebrate that we’ve all made it through a very difficult year. What better way than to try the top-5 New Years Mixed Drinks for 2009 – all of them? So, with the bitter taste of 2008 behind us, let’s sweeten our spirits with the very warm ones used in the tastiest holiday drinks for the New Year!
1. The Grasshopper
You don’t have to suck the brains out of an insect to enjoy a grasshopper. It’s actually an amazingly refreshing drink. The Grasshopper brings special holiday memories to me. A relative used to make these for the adults during large family gatherings on Thanksgiving. He would always let us kids taste them and they were delicious back then, just as they are now. The key to making the perfect Grasshopper is to use a blender rather than a shaker. Use 1 ounce Vodka, 1 ounce Creme De Menthe, One Ounce White Cream De Cacao and one ounce pure cream. Now, just pulverize them all in the blender with lots of ice. The result is a creamy, beautiful-looking, smooth, refreshing New Years delight. Serve in a Cocktail or gimlet glass. The Grasshopper is the Number one New Years drink for 2009.
2. White Russian
Russian in a name is merely an excuse to drink Vodka. (as if we need one). Mix one ounce each of pure cream, vodka and Kahlua. Again, this type of drink is served best crushed with ice in a blender. Another way to make this drink is to pour the Kahlua alone at the bottom of the glass and pour the rest of the blended ingredients on top of it. Either way, serve in a short cocktail glass.
3. Peppermint Martini
Don’t be fooled by the cute, little candy cane. This one is not for sissies. Combine 3 ounces of Vodka, 1 ounces of White Cream De Menthe and 1/2 ounce of Peppermint Schnapps in a stainless steel shaker. Add four ice cubes and shake vigorously until the stainless steel shaker gets so cold it hurts. Next, have someone peel your skin off the frozen stainless steel shaker while joining you in an accappella rendition of Auld Langsyne. Pour into a martini glass with your functional hand. Add one of those cute, mini candy-canes and serve to anyone who is naive enough to think that a drink made of mostly vodka is for sissies.
4. Hot-Buttered Rum
You know how there always seems to be some guy at the ski-lodge with a cast on his leg propped up by the fireplace sipping something steamy out of a big clay mug? Yes, no doubt it’s a flat lander but did you ever wonder what it is that he’s drinking? Do you ever wish you could be drinking it too, but don’t want to break your leg or blow out a knee to ask for one? Good news. 2008 has given us all a good excuse to act like a sedentary, injured oaf. Making hot buttered rum is much easier than it sounds. Place a slice of butter, 1-tsp brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract in the bottom of a coffee mug. Add 2 ounces of rum and fill the rest of the mug with boiling water. Toast the New Year!
5. The Harvey Wallbanger
In a Tom Collins glass full of ice cubes, add 2 ounces of Vodka, 3 ounces of Orange juice and 1/2 ounce of Galliano Liqueur. Serve unstirred to anyone in the room who is still standing.