December 29, 2011

New Year’s Champagne Cocktail with Meyer Lemon Syrup {Powernap}

Champagne Cocktail

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

Today’s Powernap: I still have a dozen Meyer lemons in the fridge and a New Year’s party to plan for – cocktail time!

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This year our friends are hosting a New Year’s Eve family potluck. The kids will be in the playroom with pizza and the adults will be in the dining room with a decadent spread. I have committed to bringing two desserts (you’ll read about those soon!) and a signature cocktail. We are all bringing different kinds of cocktails so the bar will be like it’s own potluck too. (And, yes, we have designated drivers!)

To come up with our signature cocktail I started by looking in the fridge. Drawing on the last of my Meyer lemons supply I decided to make a lemon simple syrup to flavor and sweeten a drink. But to decide what liquor we wanted to sweeten took some experimenting.

After our daughter was asleep on evening my husband, ever the experienced bartender, paraded out several liquors and bubbly beverages to test drive the simple syrup. After several failed attempts to make a festive, unique drink, we finally landed on this riff on the Prince of Wales cocktail we found in Saveur recently. It had just the right amount of fun (champagne) and serious flavor (rye whiskey, maraschino liqueur). We loved how the happy bubbles look a tad more serious with the addition of the darker liquors. Given that it is a bit different than the actual Prince of Wales we decided to call it the Princish of Wales and hope everyone else likes it too.

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Recipe

The Princish of Wales

inspired by Saveur Magazine

Ingredients

1 ounce Meyer lemon simple syrup
½ teaspoon maraschino liqueur
1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
¼ cup of champagne to top

Instructions

1. To make the simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and add in the zest and juice of 2 Meyer lemons. Warm the mixture over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Keep in the refrigerator to use for other cooking activities.

2. To make the cocktail: Muddles the lemon syrup, maraschino liqueur, and whiskey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well, then strain it into a glass and top is with the champagne.

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

We will probably make these individually since our party will be small. It is easiest just to have everything on hand to mix away quickly!

Naptime Stopwatch

2 minutes

 

Naptime Reviews

This was a hit when we tasted tested and we hope our friends like it too!

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