Champagne Cocktail

9 O’clock New Year
I notice that I’m not a big New Year’s Eve party kind of gal anymore. Sure I like a good party as much as the next person, but there is something about New Year’s Eve that turns me off more and more as I get older. (Older being the key word in this statement.)

That said, I did throw some epic New Year’s parties in my youth. You know the parties I mean… bodies strewn over the furniture the next morning, car in the pool, dog on the roof, and conspiratorial smiles every time the subject comes up among your friends.

This year, I will be lucky if I am awake to ring in the New Year on the East Coast. Sad I know, but it’s been a busy holiday season, and I’m too pooped to party. Throw in a nasty cold that came in my stocking (Thank you, Santa.), and my excitement for New Year’s Eve can best be described as lukewarm.

I will at least attempt celebrating with one of these. A token acknowledgment, but there is still enough of the twenty-something partyer in me that I can’t just let it go altogether.

Happy New Year!

Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Adapted from Epicurious

The champagne shines through in this classic—with a hint of added flavor from spirits, bitters, and Meyer lemon peel.

1 sugar cube
Angostura Bitters
Meyer Lemon for the twist

Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters. Drop the cube into a champagne flute, and fill the with champagne such as Piper Heidsieck Brut. Garnish with a twist of Meyer lemon peel. (Watch video instructions for making a perfect twist.)

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