Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring in the New Year With a Glass of Pie!

New Year's Eve is a time for glitzy celebrations, making determined proclamations about resolutions you're never going to achieve, and kissing the stranger next to you at midnight because hey, it's only New Year's Eve once a year!

While Champagne is clearly the big winner in the NYE drinks department, there is no law that says you have to spend your entire evening sipping flat bubbly served to you out of giant magnums (or maybe that's just how I spend my NYEs...and this is the part of the post where I discover the true meaning of a new year's eve resolution.) There are a million fun cocktails to make and serve, and if you're hosting a party tomorrow night you've probably already set your drinks menu and purchased all the ingredients, but just in case you like to live on the edge and turn your nose up at "planning" and still have no idea what to serve your's a fantastic suggestion!

I give to you the Key Lime Pie Martini.

Disclaimer: this drink is a direct ripoff of a martini served at Room Service, a swanky Hell's Kitchen eatery my friends and I tend to frequent. I have never been able to watch the bartenders make the drink or get their exact recipe (Room Service seems to employ the city's slickest bartender ninjas), but after consuming many professionally made Key Lime Pie Martini's and spending a large portion of my evening measuring and tasting different liquors from my father's fantastically stocked cabinet, I have come up with a pretty darn close copy of the martini I have come to know and love. Enjoy!

4 parts Vanilla Vodka
2 parts simple syrup
     *If you don't already have some, bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil, remove from heat and cool
1 part Citrus Vodka
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Frangelico
Squeeze of a lime
Squeeze of a lemon
Graham cracker crumbs, lime wedge to garnish

How to:
Pour all the alcohols, syrup, and lemon and lime squeezes into a cocktail shaker, add about four cubes of ice and mix well.  Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then dip the glass in the graham cracker crumbs. Pour drink mix into the glass, add the lime wedge to garnish.


I had an assistant for this project! Many thanks to Matt for helping me!

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