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Five International Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Whether you’re traveling internationally or staying close to home this New Year’s Eve, here are five (easy to make) international cocktails to help you ring in the new year with cosmopolitan style.

Kir Royale (France)
A classic, the kir royale is a great way to start off your New Year’s Eve (and it couldn’t be easier to make). Get your hands on a bottle of crème de cassis (a sweet black currant flavored liquor and a bottle of French champagne).  Add one part crème de cassis to 5 parts champagne in a champagne flute and voilà! You’ll have a drink that’s tasty and beautiful to boot.

México Lindo (Mexico)
For some south of the border flavor, try this tasty tequila-based concoction.  Simply combine a shot of tequila, the juice of ½ lemon, a splash of curacao and ice, shake it up, and serve in a martini glass garnished with a festive cherry. Then raise your glass and wish everyone a prospero año!

Irish Blond (Ireland)
For a sweet, whiskey-based cocktail, you can’t go wrong with the Irish Blond. The Irish Blond. Combine 2 ounces Irish whiskey, 3/4 ounce Orange Curaçao, ¼ ounce sweet sherry, and a dash of orange bitters. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel. Who knows? You might even enter the New Year with an extra bit of luck.

Negroni (Italy)
A far as cocktails go, it doesn’t get much classier than the Negroni. Stir equal parts red Vermouth, Bitter Campari, and Dry Gin in a medium tumbler. Served on the rocks with a slice of orange and a lemon peel. Then sit back and sip in style.

Red Lotus (China)
For a unique combination of flavors, try a vodka-based red lotus. Pour 1 ½ ounces of vodka, 1 ½ ounces of Lichido (lychee liquor), and 1 ounce of cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and serve on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass— exotic, yet refreshing.

Cheers and happy New Year!

 

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