Monday, December 31, 2012

When Artists Cook...they drink Ritz Fizz

I can't believe we are at the end of 2012 already.  If you're reading this, then we've survived the doomsday predictions of the end of the world. (lol)

Ushering in the new year is something different for everyone. In Australia, it's an evening of fireworks, BBQ's, and lots of champagne. 

In the US, it's just too cold for me to venture out, so I usually prepare a yummy new years eve feast, the kids fall asleep long before midnight so hubby and I snuggle up in front of a fire, enjoy a drink or two, and usher in the new year with movies, warmth, and peace. 

So when artist's cook for new years eve, a champagne cocktail is usually on the menu.  At least for me it is. 

Champagne is the drink of celebration. It has launched thousands of ships, toasted millions of weddings, and marked countless romantic interludes.

I LOVE champagne, and I love making beautiful, sparkly cocktails from it.  This is a tried and true recipe for a delicious champagne cocktail called "Ritz Fizz".  It is simple, glittery, and very very yummy. In fact, it has starred in many of my new years eve celebrations on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

Champagne Cocktail:  Ritz Fizz

A dash of Blue Curacao
A dash of lemon juice
A dash of Amaretto Di Saronno
A glass full of Champagne
Lemon rind spiral to decorate

Pour the Curacao, lemon juice and Amaretto into a glass and top up with Champagne. Stir gently to mix and deorate the glass with a lemon rind spiral.  It's that simple!!

Amaretto di Saronno is a liquor made from almonds and apricots.  It's an Italian liquor and is a wonderful mix in many cocktails.

I hope you have a glittery, sparkly, happy, and hopeful new year celebration, and please remember, drink responsibly, and DON'T drink and drive.

Happy New Year, and thanks for checking in xx