Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail for New Year's Eve

Another year is about to go by. Wow! Where did 2009 go? It just flew by me!

This has always been a night we usually stay home, for many reasons. First and most important, its my husbands birthday, so Happy Birthday Nemo!



















We usually watch the traditional ball drop on TV every year from Madison Square Garden and then off to bed we go.
Seems a little boring, but actually peaceful and comforting to sit back and look over the year and what we were grateful for.
What we can do different, and explore hopes and dreams to come.
This becomes more of a planning night for us. Next year we hope for a new car and actually moving into a bigger home. It's nice to have dreams and a new year brings us to that very moment in hopes to always have a better year than the last.

Hope my readers, will have a happy and healthy 2010 , and as the years go by, every year will get better than the year before!






A favorite drink to bring in the new year, a refreshing one at that, one of our favorites, Raspberry Champagne Cocktail. Chambord is a delicious liqueur and if you haven't tried it, now is the time. Below is even a homemade recipe.

A very festive drink for any occasion, Christmas and Valentines Day also has this drink on the list..



The sweetness of the Chambord and Vodka, then topping if off with bubbly are what makes this one so special.





This is a collage of the family left living at home....My husband and I, Trina(grey tabby) and Fonzo ( he got into the strawberries~)
We will all bring in the New Year together.

Being from a family of Music, My brother John plays piano and sings professionally in Fisher Island, I taught piano for many years and my son Curt loves to sing. So, when he visits me, I play he sings. I always get him to sing "Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg for me , I just love that song. Then I also will play Barry Manilow's "It's Just Another New Year Eve"... mellow but soothing.

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail
1/4 cup good quality vodka
2 fluid ounces Chambord
1 cup ice cubes optional If you haven't chilled the liqueurs you can add ice to the shaker
2 fluid ounces Champagne
fresh raspberries for garnish
red and white crystal sugar for coating the glasses
Dip glass into water then into the sugar to coat the rim of the glass.
Pour chilled Vodka and Chambord into a shaker and shake till frothy, pour into the prepared glass . Top off with champagne. Garnish with fresh raspberries through a toothpick.


An inexpensive treat compared to the store bought originals.
Directions How to make Homemade Chambord

1 lb fresh raspberry
3 cups good quality vodka (80 proof)
1 1/4 cups fine sugar

Rinse the berries & cut into small pieces or mash with a fork. Place in a glass container, add vodka.
Cap and store in a cool, dark place, stir once a week for 2 to 4 weeks.
Strain and transfer the unsweetened liqueur to an aging container (glass bottle or container with tight cap).
Add the sugar, recap & let mellow for at least 3 months.
Pour to a new bottle. Add more sugar to taste if not sweet enough for you.

21 comments:

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Oh, Monique will love this, raspberry is her favorite flavor and fruit.
Happy New Year!

DINING WITH BATALI said...

Yum...party time !!!!! Hmmm..can i make a song request????

Emily Ziegler said...

That is right up my alley! Happy New Year!

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Sounds like the perfect "New Year's Eve Cocktail" for me! I hope you and Nemo have a wonderful New Year and all your hopes and plans come to fruition in 2010!

Chocolate Shavings said...

What the perfect drink for any festive occasion!

Claudia said...

What a perfectly beautiful (and tasty) drink. Happy birthday to your Nemo! I enjoyed the glimpses of your family - how wonderful to be musical - it adds so much to your life and Buon Anno!

Tasty Trix said...

Awesome cocktail!!! We usually stay at home on New Year's Eve too. I don't like the chaos. We're trying dinner out this year for something different, but I think I'll have to have this as a New Year's day drink, yum! And happy b-day to hubby!

pTsaldari said...

You are so amazing. I've so enjoyed reading your blog. Wonderful! Wonderful!
PT

pegasuslegend said...

@cajunchefryan so glad Monique will love this :)
@diningwith batali sure whats your favorite song?
@emily thanks
@daydreamersdesserts thanks and I hope the same for you as well!
@chocolate shavings I could drink this for no reason at all lol
@Claudia I am thankful I now know how to say New year in italian thank you!!
@tastytrix thanks and enjoy yourself!
@ptsaldari what kind words thank you for your wonderful support of my blog friend
:)Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Did you say champagne and raspberry? Adore this combination and it is ideal for this festive season :)

Have a Sweet and Happy New Year 2010!!

Cheers,

Gera

pegasuslegend said...

@Gera...thank you, and for all your support! Happy New Year!

Drick said...

what a fun and festive cocktail for new year's eve...we normally go out to a restaurant on the bay for big, fat steaks. We try not to travel too far from home, leaving the busy city streets for the new year's amateurs. This year I'm thinking of staying home and grilling our traditional steaks, but I know mine will be better (and cost less)....

pegasuslegend said...

@drick well I know your steak would be better than any restuarant.. got two t-bones yesterday for my husband bday, and crab legs again, he wants cheesecake for dessert so I know what I will be doing for his New Year's Eve his bday....have a great one!

Comestiblog said...

Hi Claudia. Have you tried champagne mixed with a little crème de cassis?

Comestiblog said...

Hi Claudia. Have you tried champagne mixed with a little crème de cassis?

pegasuslegend said...

@ Comestiblog no I haven't will check it out thank you!

ncl117 said...

I bet this drink tastes even better than it looks. The color of it is beautiful and so is your arrangement of it! Have a wonderful New Years! I think I will be spending it just like you are!

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

Looks beautiful! What a way to end the year! Happy New year! Thank you for your support!

kathyvegas said...

Raspberries and champagne...all I need is some duck fat and a losbter and I'll have most of my favorite things. (grin) Happiest of New Years to you Claudia! Here's to all the great recipes you've posted this year!

pegasuslegend said...

@Kathyvegas thats so sweet of you thanks so much!

HoneyB said...

Such a pretty drink! I hope you get what you want in the new year!