By Brooklyn Reader

December 29, 2013, 11:11 am

 

5… 4… 3… 2… The countdown is on!

In just two days, we’ll be raising a toast to a brand-new year!

Dazzle your guests and set the new year off right with these unique and tasty cocktails!

Vodka-Espresso Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce(s) premium vodka (or tequila, if you prefer)
  • 1 ounce(s) cold espresso
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Tia Maria
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Kahlúa Especial

Directions

  1. To prepare drink: Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass (or three shot glasses).
  2. To serve (optional): Rub the pith of an orange along the rim of each glass. Dip rim into cocoa powder spiked with a dash of cayenne pepper; tap glass to remove excess. Pour drink.

 

Orange-Cherry Champagne Cocktails

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Ingredients

  • 3 seedless oranges, halved and juiced
  • Peel of 1/2 orange, cut into 8 thin strips, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup(s) red cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup(s) sweet vermouth (such as Carpano Antica)
  • 1/4 cup(s) blended Scotch (such as Famous Grouse)
  • 1 bottle(s) champagne or other dry sparkling wine (such as Domaine Saint Vincent Brut), chilled

Directions

  1. Transfer orange juice to a blender. Add cherries and blend until fruit is pureed. Strain juice into a pitcher. Stir in vermouth and Scotch.
  2. Divide cocktail mixture among 8 glasses and top off each with about 1/3 cup champagne. Garnish with orange peels.

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