Ringing in the New Year

So tonight I joined the fabulous Josh Zepps on ABC Radio to talk about cocktails for the New Year.

Here’s a few of the cocktails we covered.

For those who haven’t been here before, I’m a writer and a drinker, not a bartender, so I’ve linked to proper recipes from proper bartenders (click on the name of the cocktail).

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Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Put a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, add two drops Angostura Bitters and one part Cognac. Pour over 9 parts Champagne


Mix champagne, cranberry juice and triple sec (Cointreau) to suit your taste

Kir Royale

1 part creme de cassis to 9 parts champagne (or plain white wine for a Kir)


Drinking to forget?

French 75

6 parts champagne, 3 parts Cognac or gin, 1.5 parts lemon juice, 2 dashes simple syrup (sugar and water)

Long Island Ice Tea

Throw every hard liquor you have in a glass, add a shot of Coca-Cola. Please don’t drink this, life is too short for shitty cocktails

Drinking to find romance on NYE?


Equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, 2 dashes fernet branca

The Love Potion

Equal parts vodka, Amaretto, peach schnapps, orange juice, cranberry juice


Hoping for something better in 2017? (Aren’t we all?)

Fresh Start

Equal parts raspberry vodka and sour mix (to make sour mix, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup boiling water, when cooled, add 1 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice), with 0.5 parts peach brandy and 0.25 parts Campari







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