New Year’s Cocktails

Personal Chef, Dietitian, Nutrition. Food, Holidays, Eating, Side Dish

New Year’s Eve is probably the biggest celebration of the year. When the clock strikes midnight we reach for someone to smooch, and then toast people around us. Here are a few of my favorite go-to cocktails that can be whipped up in just minutes. I truly appreciate prohibition era and turn of the century drinks. They have a certain flair about them, focusing on highlighting the flavor of the spirit with citrus and bitters.

French 75

Last Word

Vieux Carré

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • sparking wine

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.

  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liquor
  • 3/4 ounce green chartreuse

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake briskly for 10 seconds.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • 1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce cognac
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir well for 20 seconds and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Ramos Gin Fizz

Pisco Sour

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, to taste
  • 2-3 drops orange flower water
  • Seltzer

Combine everything except seltzer in a cocktail shaker.  Shake very hard for at least one and preferably two full minutes with ice. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and add an ounce or two of chilled seltzer, to taste.

  • 3 ounces pisco
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • 1 dash Angostura or Amargo bitters

Combine pisco, lime, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker without ice and seal. Shake vigorously until egg white is foamy, about 10 seconds. Add ice to shaker and shake again very hard until well-chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass; dash bitters atop the egg-white foam.

5 Tips for Holiday Eating

Personal Chef, Dietitian, Nutrition. Food, Holidays, Eating, Side Dish

Eating during the holidays can be a stressful time for some…the temptation to overeat and actually overeating are huge factors to added stress. Keep these tips in mind when eating throughout the holiday season (at work, at school, or at relatives homes).

MINDFUL EATING: The Key to Mindful Eating is Awareness. Just Eat — Avoid Distractions While Eating Paying Attention — Leads to Beneficial Choices

PORTION SIZING: Control Portions — Don’t Deprive Yourself, Just Eat Smaller Portions Less Often Choose Veggies First — Starting with Veggies will Fill you Up, Helping to Eat Less Use Smaller Plates — You will Be Less Apt to Over Eat. Pour Drinks into a Tall, Skinny Glass — It will Appear as if You’re Drinking More.

TRACKING INTAKE: Take Responsibility — Track What you Eat on a Phone or Paper Identify Why Your Are Eating — Stress? Boredom? Hunger?

PREPARE: Eat Breakfast — Avoid “Saving All the Calories” for One Meal Potluck? — Bring a Dish that Fits Your Lifestyle Plan.

At the Office — Keep Better Snack Options at Your Desk Shopping — Eat at Home Before you go Out

CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT: Surround Yourself with Other Healthy Eaters Sit Down — Eat in a Small Group

BONUS: STICK WITH YOUR EXERCISE: When Time is Tight — Choose Short Exercises 10 – 15 minutes Holiday Planning? — Cleaning the House Counts as Exercise