New Year's Countdown

New Year's Countdown Drink

A sparkling, citrusy cocktail for ringing in the New Year!

YIELDS

1 serving

INGREDIENTS

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced

Countdown Drink

  • 2 ounces vodka (premium brand preferred)
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce prepared orange-infused simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • splash Italian sparkling wine

INSTRUCTIONS

Simple Syrup

Bring water to simmer in medium saucepan over high heat. Stir while adding sugar; bring to simmer, but don’t allow solution to boil. Reduce heat. Add orange juice and zest, being careful not to include the white pith; return to a simmer. 

Allow to cool, then strain peels and seeds from syrup.

Syrup will keep, refrigerated, for a couple of months.

Countdown Drink

Combine first 4 ingredients in container. Shake and strain into a champagne flute; top with sparkling wine. Garnish with twist from blood orange.

For a non-alcoholic version, omit the vodka; substitute unflavored soda water (or sparkling water, club soda or seltzer) for sparkling wine.

 

Featured by Jennifer Philpot, bartender at Waterbar, San Francisco, CA.