cool city chic or cozy country comfort
We asked a favorite neighborhood spirits shop – The Vintage in Chanhassen – to recommend New Year’s Eve cocktails made with locally distilled spirits. The French 75 Champagne Cocktail made with Eden Prairie’s Flying Dutchman Sprits Mediterraneo Gin will add urban pizazz to your New Year’s Eve. Regale downtowners with facts about the drink’s heritage. Predating World War I, it was said to have a bigger kick than the French 75mm field gun. If you’re looking for a quiet, cozy evening by the fire instead, try this hot toddy created with Apple Brandy from Waconia’s J. Carver Distillery. No witty repartee required.
Flying Dutchman Spirits and J. Carver Distillery produce a variety of distilled spirits with their own unique flavor profiles. You can find their products at The Vintage in Chanhassen. In addition to their fine selection of wines, beers and spirits, The Vintage can help with your party – big or small – by doing some of the heavy lifting. They deliver to Eden Prairie.
French 75 Champagne Cocktail
A splash of cold Flying Dutchman Mediterraneo Gin
1 tablespoon chilled lemon juice
1 sugar cube
Pour the cold gin and lemon juice in a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne, garnish with a lemon twist, then drop a sugar cube in just before serving.
Apple Brandy Hot Toddy
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups J. Carver Apple Brandy
8 cinnamon sticks
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, lemon juice and brandy. Add a cinnamon stick to each of eight mugs, pour in the hot toddy and serve.