… from the California Holiday Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? It’s time to kiss 2021 good-bye and good riddance! Welcome 2022 and more power to you.
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Look at all that has happened during the last 12 months—much of it not so good. The pandemic continues with new variants, everything has gotten more expensive, if you can even find things on shelves, we still are living in a country divided, kids are shooting kids in schools, governors are resigning, and news commentators are being fired left and right. It’s hard to even recognize our country these last few years.
But 2022 will be better, right? I hope so! We (just ordinary people) will make things better… after all we are positive-thinking Americans, and it is a new year. The pandemic will be overcome and that alone will relieve a lot of problems.
But we can make a lot go away for at least one night—the last night of year. Here are two cocktails for you to imbibe—one for the waning moments of 2021 and another for the early minutes of 2022.
If you're planning to toast a good riddance to 2021 with something stiff and bitter, you can't beat a Bourbon Negroni. It's easy to make, exceedingly good, and oh, so very satisfying and warming. So, warm up your New Year’s eve with this American bourbon spin on a classic.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
1-1/2 ounces American Bourbon
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce Campari
Orange peel, for garnish
Bubbly New Year’s Punch
Celebrate this bubbly cocktail for an uplifting New Year’s fling. The origin of champagne cocktails is unclear, but some believe they first splashed on the scene in 1861, when England went into mourning for Prince Albert. According to historians, a bartender at London's Brooks' Club decided champagne also should be used to mourn and paired it with Guinness stout to make a black velvet.
My recipe is to celebrate, not mourn. I have paired a sparkling wine with Lillet Blanc (delicious taste and aromas of candied oranges, honey, pine resin and exotic fruits) and fresh orange juice.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled Lillet Blanc
16 ounces freshly-squeezed chilled orange juice
1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled Champagne, Prosecco or other sparkling white wine
Orange wheel garnish
ChefSecret: Drive responsibly! If you are drinking, please, please, please do not drive—call Uber!
Quip of the Day: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a new 365-day book… write a great one!”
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