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


  1. Happy New Year to you too :-)
    That certainly looks like my kind of bubbly.
    I wish you everything you wish yourself and your family for 2013. Let's hope it's the best one yet.
    Fantastic recipe and beautifully illustrated as always.
    Hugs Neesie

  2. i made it through, too, dion! so glad to see you are still here ;) silly doomsday predictions! happy new year, dion! your 'new' traditions sound wonderful to me.

  3. Hi Dion,
    yup, survived the end of the world without a scratch, just a few pounds extra padding, LOL. That painting, no only looks delicious, but it looks beautiful. I do love your use of twinks. May I ask, what brown did you use as the background, and which blue did you use for the champagne?? Gorgeous colors. I'm gonna finally order my twinks and want to add those two colours!
    Here's hoping this new year is spectacular for us all. Hugs to you and well wishes for you and family.

    1. Hi Jenn, Actually this page wasn't done primarily in Twinkling H2O's, it was done in regular watercolor with a splattering of Silks Acrylic Glaze. But there are some amazing blues and browns in the Twinks collection that will come close to these. For the blues think about Mediterranean Blue, Autumn Skies, Wild Blueberry, or Sky Blue, and for the browns think about Autumn Butternut, Burnt Umber, Golden Monarch, or Nutmeg. Don't forget you can purchase the Twinks in mini pots which is a great way to sample them. I hope this helps. Hugs my sweet friend. xx

  4. The champagne cocktail sounds luscious and the recipe pages just sparkles! I imagine the drink is as lovely to look at as it is to sip—and you just gave me an idea: I don't have Curacao on hand, but I'll bet Kinky (a liqueur fusion of mango, blood orange and passion fruit) would work. I know it mixes very well with Amaretto and adds a beautiful coral color.

    Hope you and your hubby enjoy the Ritz Fizzes and a happy and prosperous New Year!

  5. I remember putting Curacao into champagne... haven't done that in years... wish I had read this yesterday ... but maybe I will keep it for next year... great illustration and I hope that you will be waking up soon to a lovely clear New Year's Day... it is a stinker here so maybe you won't be missing that sort of heat!!!

  6. Happy New Year to you Dion, my first time visit to your beautiful blog via LB2013.. so excited to see you are one of the teachers.. I have fallen in love with your artwork. Off to discover your blog and stunning artwork. Happy creating, Gez xx

  7. I just love your beautyful recipe book!!!! Imagine having one like that! It would be a perfect wedding gift to our children folks!
    I see why Tracey likes this blog! The champagne glas with the yellow colours dropped on it as complementary...WOW! And the backgroundcolours...I just LOVE IT! From now on I´ll be your new follower. I´d like to see more of this. :)


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