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.
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