Counting down to New Year’s Eve and we can’t wait. Since we’re all home we can get a little more creative with our cocktails and not have to pay for bottle service and the hefty ticket prices to be out. We’re gonna make a splash (or maybe feel like burning 2020 to the ground if you’re in that kinda mood) and hope that 2021 will be much kinder to us. Here are a few recipes …

Bailey’s Red Velvet Cupcake Martini (serves 1)

  • 1.5 oz Bailey’s Red Velvet Cupcake
  • 0.75 oz Vodka
  1. Add Bailey’s and Vodka into an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Shake and pour into a martini glass.
  3. Option: crumble a chocolate or red velvet cupcake on top as a garnish.

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Set 2020 on Fire Martini (serves 1)

Rim: white sugar

  • 2 fresh ginger slivers
  • 1/4 oz (1/2 Tbsp) Tabasco Original Sauce
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) coconut milk
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) orgeat syrup (a syrup made with almonds. You can substitute with Amaretto)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Kracken Spiced Rum

Garnish: 1 lime wedge

  1. Rim the edge of a martini glass with white sugar.
  2. In a shaker, slightly crush the ginger slivers.
  3. Add all other ingredients and add ice. Shake for 5 to 8 seconds and filter with a cocktail strainer and a fine strainer.
  4. Top up with a lime wedge.

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Burn the Countdown (serves 1)

  • 1/4 oz (1/2 Tbsp) Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce
  • 1/4 oz (1/2 Tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) pomegranate syrup
  • 3/4 oz (1-1/2 Tbsp) lime juice
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Crystal Head Vodka
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur
  • Garnish: lime wedge, pomegranate seeds, tonic water to taste
  1. Place all ingredients in the shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake for 5 to 8 seconds and filter with a cocktail strainer onto the ice. Garnish with lime and pomegranate seeds, to taste.
  3. Add tonic water, to taste.

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Hot Apple Cider Sake Martini (serves 1)

  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) apple cider
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) sake
  • cinnamon stick
  1. Pour apple cider and sake into a small pot and simmer until preferred warmth
  2. pour into mug
  3. garnish with a cinnamon stick

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Spiced Rum Homemade Egg Nog (6 servings)

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus additional for garnish
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) brandy
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) spiced or dark rum
  • 3 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  1. Using the Bottom Blades in the Ninja Ultima Pitcher, add the eggs and sugar.
  2. Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and blend for 10 seconds. Add all of the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds.*
  3. Chill completely before serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

Go over the top — garnish with marshmallows, candy sticks, chocolate shavings, cookie sticks (like Pocky)

*Recipe source: Ninjakitchen.com

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And for those who want a non-alcoholic cocktail…

Ceder’s Classic  & Tonic (serves 1)

  • 50 mL Ceder’s Classic (non-alcoholic Gin)
  • 150 mL premium tonic (we love Fever Tree)
  • slice lemon
  • Rosemary sprig
  1. In a highball glass, pour Ceder’s and tonic over ice
  2. Garnish with lemon and Rosemary

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Classic Old Fashioned (serves 1)

  1. In a short rocks glass, pour bourbon over ice- preferably a single solid orb of ice which melts super slow.
  2. Add bitters, simple syrup and orange. Jostle slightly to ensure blended.

*Simple syrup can be made by simmering equal parts water and sugar over low heat until sugar is fully melted.

chotto matte old fashioned