Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to ring in the new year with wonderful food and friends. We had a terrific evening, which started with some appetizers and cocktails at our house, then we made our way down the street where the kids were – and had a delicious prime rib dinner. It was definitely a special evening.
So – I have been thinking all week about what my new year’s resolution will be this year. I remember my post from last year (which coincidentally I ended up making last night, and they were amazingly good, again!) where I said that 2013 was the year to simplify – so, as we do at work, it is only fitting for me to evaluate how I did, and decide what my goal will be this year. Hmmm…I wouldn’t exactly say that I knocked it out of the park. I tried really hard though, so I am going to give myself a *star* for trying, but no, I can’t really say that I simplified my life too much. Now the question is, do I try again this year? Or do I go for something completely different. I think I am going to with something new – although I will keep the simplifying any way I can. This year’s focus I think needs to be about energy. Compared to others, I have boundless amounts of energy, but I know I can be even more productive (without adding to my life – see *simplify*) if I just try to get a little more sleep every night. That is going to be my resolution this year – more sleep = more energy. Let’s see how I do…
Last night we came up with 5 festive holiday cocktails to celebrate New Year’s – and I must say – this was definitely my favorite. I read about it in Bon Appetit – and it just so happens to be from a bar in Portland, Oregon called Nostrana – our neighboring state. Portland has really become a cocktail haven – the bars there are supposed to be amazing with their craft cocktails – I have only been there once, but I need to go back to do some serious research. Ok, back to this cocktail. I loved everything about this – it wasn’t too sweet, with lots of flavor – and the sprig of rosemary with the cherry on the end was just awesome. Unfortunately I don’t have a good non-alcoholic version of this one – but what I will say is if you don’t drink alcohol – a sparkling apple cider is the best way to go on New Year’s. You really can’t get any better than that.
I hope 2014 is a great year for everyone, with lots of delicious food, family and friends – and most of all….energy.
Honey simple syrup
- 1/4 cup clover honey
- 3 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
- 3 oz. slivovitz or other plum brandy
- 2 oz. gin
- 4 maraschino cherries
- 4 small sprigs rosemary
Honey simple syrup
Dissolve honey in ⅓ cup hot water. Chill syrup until cold.
DO AHEAD: Honey syrup can be made 1 month ahead. Cover and keep chilled.
For each cocktail, combine ¾ oz. honey syrup, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ¾ oz. Grand Marnier, ¾ oz. slivovitz, and ½ oz. gin in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a Martini or coupe glass and garnish with a cherry skewered on a rosemary sprig.
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