A lot of people in the blogging world do year end ‘Best of” lists; most often culminated from posts they have done that garnered a lot of traffic in the previous year. So I’m thinking there have been plenty of suggestions for good eats that have passed by in the last couple of days or will be forthcoming soon so to offer something different I’ve devised a list in the cocktail realm. And to make it simple, I thought I would share the cocktails that have been viewed most this past week in anticipation of partying at year end. The results are these Best Cocktails for Celebrations as determined by readers. The one featured above is a cocktail that I first made a couple of years ago for New Year’s Eve. Simple and elegant and perfectly delicious, the French 75 is one of my long time favorites combining gin, lemon, sugar and sparkling wine. Good enough for Ernest Hemingway? Perfect for me. 🙂
Many of the favorites are cocktails that include sparkling wine which could mean Champagne, Cava or Prosecco in this house. To be honest? I would NEVER use good Champagne for a cocktail, it’s pricey and should stand on it’s own. Find a decent priced and much less expensive bottle of sparkling wine from Italy, France or the good old USA and use those instead. My perfect option is Cristalano Cava that I get from Costco. Nice bubbly wine that is just dry enough that it’s perfect when added to a bit of fruit and sugar (pretty standard fare in a Champagne Cocktail). Here’s the top favorites based on what others are looking for and I can personally attest to how fantastic they all are! Food for celebrations all year long!
OK, OK, so it’s not a cocktail. But it was the single most visited post on my blog in 2014 and it does have booze in it!
Not even a Champagne cocktail but a perennial favorite; and really how can you resist something that looks absolutely perfect for the holiday season. Just so happens to also be the single most popular blog post ever!
Dramatic and Beautiful and even better; so very simple to prepare!
Another cocktail that is so perfect for the season; the color, the scent and especially the fabulous flavors.
I may have just published this one recently but it deserves to be here. One of my all time favorites!
Originally devised for a summer cooler, the flavors are good all year round!
So named just because I thought it was such a beautiful drink…so tasty too!
Guess some people are planning a fancy cocktail party; this is the perfect choice. Classic, elegant and timeless.
Maybe not exactly what you might use to toast the evening but why not? We’re in the middle of another Polar Vortex (meaning? It’s DAMN cold in Denver!) and anything to keep me warm might be just the perfect cocktail tonight.
There they are; the favorites that are being read and printed and hopefully made for celebrating tonight. I’ve decided to have a French celebration myself. We’ll be raising a glass at 4pm (midnight in France) and bring in the New Year early enough that I’ll be tucked soundly and warmly into my bed by midnight in Denver. I love the holidays but like many of you, by now we’re sort of ready for it to be done and the next chapter to begin.
Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve…and see you next year!