The New Year is almost upon us and with that comes the added pressure for party hosts to be creative and inventive with new cocktails and foods that will dazzle guests. Innovative cocktails are a surefire way to get the crowd going and will definitely step up any New Year’s event. As you might have guessed, the idea behind them is that they’re unique and fun for your guests to watch you make, creating a way for them to be part of the experience. This will add an extra layer of excitement and entertainment to your party that guests won’t soon forget!
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up three interactive cocktail recipes (one is a L’Ecole Culinaire original!) that you can create at home:
All Spun Up Lemon Drop (Lemon Drop with cotton candy)
Courtesy of L’Ecole Culinaire
For the Cotton Candy:
6 lemon drops or lemon infused/flavored sugar (if spinning your own cotton candy machine)
Lemon cotton candy
For the Lemon Drop:
Crushed Lemon or Yellow Sugar to rim the glass if desired
2 ounces of Vodka
½ ounce of Grand Mariner, Cointreau, or citrus liqueur of your choice
1 ¼ ounces of Fresh Lemon Juice
1 ounce of Simple Syrup
Lemon slice or twist for garnish
Rim the glass by running a cut lemon around the top and then dipping in the crushed lemon drops or sugar and set aside to dry, this step is optional.
Place large puff of cotton candy in the glass, the candy should be fluffy and fill the glass with the top of the puff extending over the top of the glass
Place all of the remaining ingredients except lemon garnish in a cocktail shaker and fill the shaker with ice.
Shake vigorously until the cocktail is well chilled; garnish the glass.
Strain and pour into glass in front of guest or place into small shaker so the guest can pour the lemon drop over the cotton candy and watch the drink change.
Makes one lemon drop, this cocktail recipe can be multiplied easily.
Vodka Root Beer Floats (with vanilla or coconut ice cream)
Courtesy of The Minimalist Baker
- 2 cans Root Beer
- 4 Tbsp (2 oz) quality vodka (Kahlua and dark rum also work nicely)
- 4 scoops vanilla or coconut ice cream
- Split a can of soda between two large glasses and then add a shot of vodka to each.
- Carefully drop two scoops of ice cream and then top off with remaining can of root beer.
Courtesy of Brit & Co.
Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Nutella (or chocolate sauce)
Graham cracker crumbs
Rim your glasses. Put a couple graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them using your hands, a large spoon, rolling pin, or hammer. Set them on a plate.
Scoop out a bit of Nutella onto a plate. Dip the rim on your glass in Nutella and then the graham cracker crumbs.
Pour 2 oz of vodka, 2 oz of milk and 1 oz of Bailey’s over ice. If you want it extra sweet add in a few chocolate chips. Shake, and pour.
For a garnish, have either yourself or your guest roast a few mini marshmallows on a toothpick with a lighter.
Have a New Year’s resolution to become a better cook? L’Ecole Culinaire has classes to help you achieve your goals in 2016! In January our St. Louis, Kansas City and Memphis campuses offer public cooking classes for the at-home chef that cover topics such as nutritional and healthy cooking, regional cuisine and much more! For more information or to register click here.