As the year comes to a close, we begin to look forward to the new year. What better way to toast to 2015 and ring in the new year than with a Classic Champagne Cocktail? And really, who doesn't love to pop bottles on New Years Eve? Whether hosting your own New Year's party or getting ready for a night out with friends, you will be sure to impress with this bubbly favorite:
Classic Champagne Cocktail
1 Sugar Cube
3-6 Dashes of Angostura bitters
4-6 Ounces of Brut Champagne
Lemon Twist (garnish)
Soak the sugar cube with bitters. Place the Champagne in a flute. Slowly pour the Champagne into the glass until it is within an inch of the rim. Add lemon twist as a garnish.
Pro Tip: 'Dodge the cork' should not be one of your next party games. Let's be honest, uncorking Champagne can be difficult. Stubborn corks, spills, and the always nerve-wracking 'flying' cork are some real problems when opening a bottle of Champagne. Stop the struggle with the Rabbit Velvet Champagne Set – not only will you and all of your friends be able to open Champagne like a pro with the Rabbit Champagne Pliers, you will look good doing it too. Added bonus: if you do by chance have leftover Champagne after the festivities have ended – don't throw it away! Keep it fresh and bubbly using the Rabbit Champagne Sealer (included in the set).
The holiday season is officially upon is. And tis the season for family, friends and memories to be made. Whether you are enjoying a cozy night in or entertaining for your next holiday party, we have a few festive holiday cocktails that will be sure to impress.
The Classic Hot Toddy
1 ½ oz brown liquor (whiskey, brandy or rum)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
½ oz lemon juice
1 cup hot water
Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish (optional)
Too cold to go out? Turn on your favorite holiday movie and relax with this classic winter drink. To make measuring simple, use the new Rabbit Adjustable Jigger to measure out liquids for perfect precision. Combine the liquor of your choice, honey, lemon juice and hot water into a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
Ginger Cranberry Cocktail
4 in piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup frozen cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups vodka or gin
2 cups cranberry juice
Splash club soda
To make the ginger syrup, place all syrup ingredients (4 inch piece of ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water) in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup (about 20 minutes). Strain and allow to cool fully.
Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and the ginger syrup. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full and top off with club soda. Garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Pro Tip: Want to keep your cocktail cool without watering it down? Keep the pitcher in the fridge (without ice) and when you are ready to serve, place a new Rabbit Jumbo Chilling Stone at the bottom of the glass. Then simply fill, serve and enjoy!
Hot Spiced Sangria
2 bottles red wine
2 bottles white wine
1 cup brandy
1 sliced orange
2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup simple syrup
This has to be the easiest cocktail recipe, especially if you are making drinks for a large get together. Simply combine all of the ingredients listed above into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then keep warm on low until ready to serve. If you do not have a slow cooker, keep the drink warm on a stovetop in a saucepan over low heat. Pro Tip: That's a lot of wine – to save time on opening bottles, use the new Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew. No buttons, no fuss. Simply place on top of the bottle and the corkscrew automatically removes and ejects the cork for you! This recipe just got a whole lot easier.