Yes, It's that time of year again. Time to renew your vows for bettering yourself. Time to make your New Year's resolutions. Wait a moment: It's still 2014 for a little longer, so enjoy yourself.
Time to throw back some drinks that taste great—even if they aren't great for you.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet based on the food pyramid is a good resolution. If that's your plan, why not start from the sweet, sweet tippy top of the pyramid? With white chocolate, Malibu rum and whipped cream, this boozy hot chocolate recipe from Beverly Hills is a liquid cheat day.
The Brandy Alexander is a pre-Prohibition drink with all the class and taste that moniker implies. While generally considered an after-dinner drink because of its sweet, creamy character (and cognac base), we say skip dinner and go straight to dessert.
Go on, live it up a little. Sure, the new year's New You is mature and grounded with a sophisticated palate, but the Old You seemed to get invited to a lot more parties.
With the shot clock running out, why not order one last round—or three—of B-52s, Birthday Cakes or Flaming Dr. Peppers?
It takes real chutzpah to create a recipe that lists Don Julio 1942 right next to chocolate milk. The Chocolate Cheer hits all the right "treat yourself" notes: It's sweet and creamy with a holiday-ish dash of nutmeg, and, if the top shelf tequila isn't enough for you, it also features cognac. Quick, go drink one while there's still time.
Tiki was born as a form of low-budget escapism in 1930s California. Don the Beachchomber's motto was "If you can't get to paradise, I'll bring it to you."
Despite evolution and trends, tiki has for the most part stayed true to that vision. This is why whether you order a syrupy, over-sweetened behemoth with a small island nation's annual fruit yield as garnish or a relatively subdued classic like the Mai Tai, you're guaranteed a good time.
So what the hell, order a round of something sugary and rummy, and enjoy a tropical vacation in December.
Criminally under-appreciated despite the Negroni's recent comeback, is the drink’s trouble-making cousin, the Bijou.
French for "jewel," the Bijou is a royal combination of sweet vermouth (ruby), gin (diamond) and green chartreuse (emerald). Sound familiar? By swapping in high-proof Chartreuse for the Negroni's Campari, you turn an already all-spirit recipe up to 11. Whether you opt for the original or Jamie Gordon's modern spin, this is, as Gordon puts it in our how-to video, "a real drinker's drink."
It's as delicious as it is strong, so order a few with a friend and take a cab home.
This eggnog recipe, courtesy of bartending legend Dale DeGroff, is about as indulgent as it gets.
With its half-dozen eggs, sugar, milk and heavy cream, you would be forgiven for thinking this was a recipe for a holiday cake, not a drink. That is, until you get to the 12 ounces of bourbon and spiced rum. This group recipe is a holiday drink guaranteed to bring smiles to your table—and set everyone's gym goals back several weeks.
Got your eye on that 25-year-old Glenrothes? How about that rare mezcal or Pappy Van Winkle? Go on and order it. Yes, you could buy a decent dinner for you and your partner for the same price as a pour, but life is for the living. If it helps you feel better, you could always add "carpe diem" to your resolutions.
OK, technically the new year starts right at midnight, but we're guessing that by 1AM you'll have already broken a few other resolutions. On January 1st, 2015, screw the granola and plain yogurt; order the French toast with extra bacon and, yes, you would like the hash browns not the fruit salad. We know, we know, just grapefruit juice from here on, but today you order the biggest, craziest, most unacceptable Bloody Mary you can find (we have some recommendations, if you need someone to hold your hand).
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