Saturday, December 31, 2016

Moroccan Champagne Cocktail - Caity


Well here we are, New Years Eve 2016! I'll spare you my recollection of all the things that happened to me this year (Brendan and I got married! Sorry, couldn't help myself!) and instead wish everyone a happy New Year and nothing but the best in 2017! 

Brendan and I are heading out to a fancy steak dinner tonight then home for some cocktails/mocktails and Settlers of Catan (ya, we're awesome) and Panna Cotta. I'm going to make a few of these Moroccan Champagne Cocktails because 1) they're easy 2) the orange and amaretto combine to make your cocktail taste like a sparkly winters evening 3) they're really good. If you happen to have these ingredients on hand, I encourage you to try this cocktail tonight! If not, make it a must NEXT YEAR (get it!?! It's New Years Eve!). This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks Melia Marden's "Modern Mediterranean". 

Happy New Years! Don't forget your Ozoni (Japanese New Year's Soup) tomorrow! 

Makes 1 Cocktail

One year ago: Boeuf Bourguignon 
Three years ago: Earl Grey Tea Cookies
Four years ago:  Panna CottaOzoni


what you'll need: 

1 sugar cube
1/8 tsp orange-flower water (found in the spice aisle at the grocery store)
1 tsp amaretto liqueur, such as Disaronno
Very cold sparkling wine 
1 strip orange zest, 2 inches long and 1 inch wide

Place the sugar cube in a fancy glass and add the orange-flower water. Fill the glass with sparkling wine and add the amaretto. 

Hold the orange zest over the mouth of the glass with both hands and twist lightly to release the oil in the skin. Twist the zest into a spiral (if you want to be fancy!) and drop into the cocktail and serve.

One year ago: Boeuf Bourguignon 
Three years ago: Earl Grey Tea Cookies
Four years ago:  Panna CottaOzoni


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