December 28, 2010

cheers to a new year | extra spicy bloody marys, rosé mimosas and lime margaritas

Cheers to another fantastic holiday season! I hope your celebrations were filled with family, friends and fun — and that your glass stayed filled to the top, too. :) As you get ready for the new year, be it by celebrating with a big night out on the town or a cozy night in, make sure to bust out the nice stemware and mix yourself a tasty drink. I like the bright, cheerful colors of classic bloody marys, rosé mimosas and lime margaritas; plus, those reds, greens and golden orange hues are festive and fun. Just be sure to keep some carpet cleaner handy in case you spill :)

extra spicy bloody mary

{Get your pals together for a bloody mary party! These "healthy" cocktails are fun to make; just raid your spice rack and add hot, salty spices to your tomato juice concoction. Photo By TAZPhotos/Courtesy Flickr}

Try this recipe for the perfect bloody mary, courtesy Food Network. I’ve never tried a bloody mary with red wine in it, but it could be an interesting mix!

rose mimosa

{I love sipping the bubbly. What's great about making mimosas is you don't have to invest in an expensive bottle of champagne to guarantee a good taste — a $10 bottle will do! I like to use rosé sparkling wine to add a pinker hue to my drink. Photo By ReeseCLloyd/Courtesy Flickr}

Want a more vividly colored mimosa? Besides using rosé sparkling wine or rosé champagne, try adding a splash of blood orange juice instead of plain old OJ. Follow this simple recipe for blood orange mimosas courtesy Food Network.

margarita with lemon and lime

{I love a simple margarita with fresh lime juice, salt and a nice tequila (Dos Lunas is a favorite). Garnish with lemon and lime wedges for a splash of color (and a little help with the tequila shots to come...). Photo By terselil/Courtesy Flickr}

I think it’s funny to offer a recipe for a margarita — they’re pretty simple, right? — but after sifting through all the crazy variations on this classic cocktail, I finally decided on Ina Garten’s real margaritas. Vámonos!

What’s going to be your first cocktail of the new year?

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