Cocktails for New Years Eve and the Morning After…

Champagne Cocktails- French 75 & James Bond

Two years ago on New Years Eve my husband and I had only been dating for a few months.  We went out to a local bar with his brother to celebrate, but it was a bit bitter sweet.  I would be leaving in a few days to move to Austin, TX for my music therapy internship.

As midnight hit this song came on… Go ahead and listen.  It will get you in the New Years Eve mood!

Cheesy, I know.  And we both just looked at each other, started laughing, and joined in with the crowd in the singing and dancing cheesiness to ring in the new year.  It was a blast.  Two years later, we are now getting ready to celebrate the new year as husband and wife and I can’t hear this song without thinking about that night and where we are now.

However you are celebrating tonight, I wish you all a safe evening filled with love, laughter, and excitement for what 2012 has in store for you!

Bloody Mary with Beef Jerky

Here are a few cocktail recipes for you that would be perfect for the evening and one to get you through the morning after.

Champagne Cocktails- Bloody Mary with Beef Jerky

Champagne Cocktails- French 75 & James Bond

The James Bond Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 white sugar cube
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz vodka
  • champagne, to top off


  1. Put the sugar cube in a champagne flute and moisten with Angostura bitters.
  2. Add the vodka and top with champagne.


French 75 Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • champagne, to top off
  • lemon zest, for garnish


  1. Shake the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice and strain into a champagne flute.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with a long strip of lemon zest.




  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 3 inches white horseradish, freshly grated, or 1 tbsp bottled horseradish
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 3 cups tomato juice, well chilled
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • for garnish, celery stalks and beef jerky or bacon


  1. Cut 1 lemon into slices for garnish and squeeze the juice from the others into the pitcher.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients except the celery and beef jerky into the pitcher and mix well.
  3. Pour into 4 glasses with ice.
  4. Serve with celery stock and a large slice of beef jerky or bacon.

Bloody Mary with Beef Jerky

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15 comments on “Cocktails for New Years Eve and the Morning After…”

  1. Jerky in a bloody mary? Pure genius! I always say the more accessories, the better the bloody mary.

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  3. wow!! amazing. I didnt know you can make a bloody mary at home! my uncle loves those! i should make one for him on the next new years eve! thanks mrs.bakerbettie. i am a big fan of you! i love the way you design your menus! the jerky idea too.
    pps.i also love the way you always write stories with your recipes

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