5 great New Year’s cocktail recipes (made up by us)

new-year-cocktail-recipesWe love a good cocktail, so we tried our hand at inventing some…well, at modifying a few staples anyway! Some didn’t quite make sense, but that’s half the fun, so drink responsibly and have a happy New Year! See you in 2015.

Canstar Blue’s Bayou (Blue Bayou)

Careful with this one – it’s surprisingly potent when consumed from a punch bowl.

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 (and a nip) shot of vodka
  • A nip of blue curaçao
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 2 shots of grapefruit juice
  • Chunk of orange for garnish
  • Learn how to make this at http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailrecipes/r/blue_bayou.htm

    The Strathspey (The Manhattan)

    If you’re a fan of the classic Manhattan, but would prefer the simple, smooth flavours of a Scottish single malt, we have just the thing.

  • 2 shots single malt whisky (something smooth, perhaps from the Speyside or the Highlands
  • A nip of sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Learn how to make this at http://cocktails.about.com/od/atozcocktailrecipes/r/mnhtn_cktl.htm

    The Disney On Ice (Cosmo)

    …Okay, we just want to see what happens when hundreds and thousands are thrown into a bottle of gin (preferably not one of the nicer bottles).

  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons lemonade juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 2-inch orange peel/twist
  • Ice
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • Sprinkle of shredded / desiccated coconut
  • Learn how to make this at http://www.inspiredtaste.net/19420/perfect-cosmopolitan-cocktail-recipe/

    The New & Fashionable (Old Fashioned)

    Nothing is quite so old fashioned as an Old Fashioned, but we’d be curious to fashion something a little more fashionable out of something not so old (*takes another sip*).

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Soda water
  • 2 shots Australian whisky
  • Learn how to make this at http://www.esquire.com/drinks/old-fashioned-drink-recipe

    All In (Long Island Ice Tea)

    Equal parts delicious, delightful and deadly, this one is best saved until the end of the evening.

  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 shots (1/4 cup) water
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) chilled vodka
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) tequila
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) white rum
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) gin
  • 2 shots (1/4 cup) Cointreau liqueur
  • 2 shots (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) lemonade
  • A leaf of mint, torn up if possible
  • Learn how to make this at

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