When it comes to festive libations for your New Year’s Eve party, you can always rely on the pop of a champagne cork to get things under way. But with a couple of new introductions into the spirits world this past year, as well as an old favorite, these clever cocktails usher in and welcome 2011 with sparkle, pizzazz and seasonal warmth.
Chambord Flavored Vodka (www.ChambordOnline.com) is one of the newest kids on the block. Chambord, an elegant and luscious black raspberry flavored liqueur, is infused with French vodka distilled from grain.
Although rich with intense berry flavor, Chambord, quite lovely when mixed with champagne or paired with chocolate, is a favorite spirit that really should be in every bar. Combining it with vodka has produced a pretty, lightly pink liquor with sweet notes of raspberries and vanilla. Try it neat like a port or sherry, on the rocks, with club soda or in a New Year’s cocktail.
Why not shake and stir up New Year’s with a summer-inspired drink? Another entry into the spirits market this year is Bacardi’s Rock Coconut rum, which was launched only in November.
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With a combination of coconut and cantaloupe-like rock melon, it gives a new tropical twist on an old favorite of rum and Coke. The Rock Coconut flavor is sweet, smooth, and refreshing, and the nose is, as you would expect, melon-crisp. Although rum tends to be a warm weather drink, the Rock Coconut complements winter-inspired cocktails.
What’s New Year’s without tequila? Herradura (www.Herradura.com) Silver, a 100-percent blue agave tequila, is full-bodied yet light and refreshing, with hints of citrus and pineapple, and an under layer of woodiness.
The body and color are bright and clean. Herradura’s Reposado, aged in oak barrels for 11 months to a high copper color, finishes with heated cinnamon, vanilla and pepper with notes of cooked agave, which makes it ideal for warming up a cold, cold night.