I never been a big drinker, but lately I have started loving a well mixed cocktail. There is something really great going to a bar where they have hand crushed ice, real lemon juice and will make the cocktail in front of you. So today Im giving you two great cocktail recipes perfect for any holiday party. But remember, don't drink and shop..... it can turn out very expensive. Trust me, I have been there. Enjoy!
A cocktail first introduced to the Royal Navy in the 18th century and believed to keep the cold away.

Makes 1 glass

1 1/2 ounces rum
3 ounces cold lemon tea
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
A few drops of bitters

1. Pour into a rock glass filled with crushed ice. 2. Combine all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice; shake well.


The bitters gives the champagne a lift to all new high. 

Makes 1 glass

1 sugar cube
2 drops bitters
1/4 ounce cognac
4 ounces champagne

Small sugar-coated grapes( just place grapes in water and sprinkle with sugar)
1. Place two drops of bitters on the sugar cube. 2. Place in a champagne flute and add cognac and champagne. 

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Garnish with grapes.
Photography by Hector Sanchez

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