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Popping open a bottle of something bubbly—whether it’s genuine Champagne or some other type of sparkling wine—is mandatory on New Year’s Eve. But there are lots of fun and super-easy ways to dress up the drink for the night if you’re in the mood for something different. Better yet, put out an assortment of mixers and let your guests concoct their own festive libations. Here are some ideas for sparkling wine add-ins (and if you’re creating cocktails, I’d recommend using an inexpensive cava or Prosecco instead of real Champagne; you don’t want to mess around too much with the good stuff).
At this very moment as I’m typing this, the main article on the NYTimes.com homepage is about a new trend in a handful of New York City bars: coffee cocktails (why this is front-page-worthy news, I’m not sure. It even has a featured video). We’re not talking about your typical Irish coffee here—there’s nothing loaded down with sugar or covered in whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Instead, these drinks include top-shelf bourbon and brandy, house-made syrups, and sustainable, carefully sourced coffee. Some are served hot, some are cold, and for now, they’re mostly being served during the day (though the article speculates nighttime service is soon to follow).
This week’s rant is directed mainly towards myself. Most times that I roll into my favorite coffee place and order a cup, I make a foolish financial decision. (Well, actually two, I guess, since the first one is not making my morning fix at home.) It’s one that only costs me a few nickels with each cup, but as financial experts lecture time and time again, the small things can really add up.
So I’m admitting it here for you all to see: I am a sucker for the size upgrade.
I grew up in Greenwich Village, home of the infamous Village Halloween Parade, and for many years I thought of the evening as an adult holiday where children were tolerated—or more commonly ignored—in a celebration that called for increasingly elaborate and creative costumes and rites. Flash forward a few decades and I am now a mom in one of the most kid-centric neighborhoods in New York. The same amount of creativity is forthcoming on October 31st, except this time around it is channeled into kids’ costumes, bake sale treats, and party snacks. After several years of cookie-baking marathons and (unappreciated) homemade costumes, I finally feel prepared. . .
In honor of National Tequila Day (yes, it really does exist – and it’s today!), I’ve decided to share my super-secret homemade margarita recipe with you. It’s the most refreshing summer cocktail, perfect for the dog days of summer.