Monday, December 31, 2012


After a whirlwind Christmas week we arrived in Palm Beach just in time to celebrate New Years Eve. We're having some friends over for cocktails and then have a fun night on the town planned. (These images from the trailer of Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby movie are so glamorous and great New Year's inspiration! Originally planned to be released this month we'll now have to wait until next summer) 
It wouldn't be New Years without a glass or two of champagne.
Festive and so delicious--a chilled flute of bubbly is the quintessential celebratory cocktail! 

I love a classic champagne cocktail--a Kir Royal is my go to drink when I want something light and elegant 

Creme de Cassis
Pour chilled champagne into glass and add 1/2 oz. creme de cassis. Stir gently.

You don't have to be a Francophile to be enchanted with the French 75 

4 oz. champagne
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. VSOP cognac
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and top with champagne.

But this year I'll be ringing in 2013 with A Kiss Goodnight!

4 oz. champagne
splash of Campari
dash of bitters
1 sugar cube
Pour Campari into flute followed by champagne. Drop the bitter onto the sugar cube and drop the cube into the glass.

With cocktails I'll serve a tray of my delicious Pimento Cheese canapes--a little spicy, definitely delicious!
  Pimento Cheese Canapes
6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
 3/8 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup finely diced bottled roasted red pepper (rinse and pat dry first)
1/2  baguette 

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Stir together all ingredients, except baguette, plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper and salt to taste.
  3. Slice baguette crosswise 1/3 inch thick and spread bread thickly with cheese mixture.
  4. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat until cheese is bubbling and browned, about 2 minutes.

Whether you're planning a fun night on the town or a romantic evening at home--I hope you have a fabulous New Year's celebration and wish you all good health and happiness for coming year!


Jamie Herzlinger said...

Wishing you a very Healthy and a Happy New Year! I love following your blog and what you are up to!
Best, Jamie Herzlinger

The enchanted home said...

I am so trying those canapes...yum!!! Enjoy Palm Beach, what a great place to ring in the new year, sounds like a fun evening.
Great to get to know you Barbara over the last year through your blog....wishing you all good things for 2013!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I love all your Champagne cocktails! Happy New Year!

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Cynthia said...

Great cocktails, I love champagne. Happy anf Healthy New Year.


Karen Albert said...

I cannot wait to see Gatsby! I love a Kir Royale!

All the best in The New Year ahead Barbara!

Art by Karena

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Taylor Greenwalt said...

Im going to have to try some of these....Hope you have a fab year!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Happy New Year! May it be a healthy and a happy one!

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