Looking for the perfect drink to help bring the year to a close? I've chose a few cocktails to share that are easy to make at home and don't require a lot of ingredients. Hopefully this collection of cocktails will help you to keep your party going until midnight or block out the horrors of 2016... it's been a tough year, right?
Clermont Whiskey Sour
The Clermont Whiskey Sour is a variation on the classic Whiskey Sour and doesn't need to be served with egg white which I'm not fond of putting in drinks. The sour evolved from the practice of adding lime juice to rum rations to prevent scurvy among sailors in the British Navy in the 1700s. You will need sugar syrup for this cocktail but it is simple to make yourself. Just add equal quantities of sugar and warm water to a jar and shake until dissolved. This syrup mixture will keep for up to one month if kept in the fridge.
50ml parts Jim Beam
15ml part fresh lemon juice
25ml part fresh orange juice
15ml part sugar syrup
Orange wedge for garnish
Add ice, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, sugar syrup and Jim Beam Bourbon to a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and serve.
BrambleThe Bramble is the first cocktail I opt for on a night out, gin is my tipple of choice and the bramble is light and refreshing. The Bramble is the brainchild of Dick Bradsell, aka ‘The Cocktail King.’ The blackberry drink is the most famous of his creations from his time at Fred’s Club Soho in the 1980’s. The name is said to be taken from the winding nature that the liqueur takes when it’s poured from the top to the bottom of the glass, as though it were winding through brambles.
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Take a short glass and fill to the top, with crushed ice. Pour in the gin and lemon juice. Stir, add the Chambord. Finish with a lemon wedge. If the drink is a little sour for your taste you can add a little sugar syrup. The drink is traditionally made with creme de mure but I've substituted it with Chambord because I already had some at home.
The Perfect StormThis is another drink with sailor origins and is also the national drink of Bermuda.
It doesn't get easier than this, just add all the ingredients to a glass and stir. Et voila!
I'm going to be having a night in this year with a good movie, board games, nibbles and a few cocktails. I hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve and here's hoping 2017 is brighter and less tumultuous that 2016. Onwards and upwards!