Okay, ya’ll don’t fall over… today hubs is back with a Cocktail Friday installment!!! woo hoo! Happy New Year to us all!

What’s up foodie friends?!

SO sorry I’ve been MIA for basically all of 2012. Work has been great but very busy and Tina’s kitchen always needs cleaning, so my shaker and I have had to take a little hiatus.

However, I couldn’t let 2012 slip away without giving you one more sweet libation to usher in the new year!

This little sipper is perfect for any occasion and for any discriminating palate. It’s light and sweet but packs a little punch and warms the stomach with the addition of the bourbon.

It’s actually a perfect party drink as you can pre-mix the bourbon and simple syrup ahead of time. Set up a bar with the bourbon/simple syrup mixture in a pitcher, some mint springs in a bowl, a bottle of bubbly on ice and have your guests mix their own cocktails! This makes for happy party guests and a happy bartender.

Just want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for following along and encouraging my beautiful bride on her blog this past year. We really appreciate all of you all and are looking forward to a happy new year in 2013.

And I promise to bring back Cocktail Fridays with increased regularity in the new year.

Cheers & Happy New Year!

The Hubs

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Citrus & Mint Bourbon Sparkler

Yield: 1 cocktail

A bubbly winter warming cocktail with hints of citrus, mint, and smokey bourbon.

Ingredients:

For the Orange Citrus Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
the peel of 1 naval orange

For the Citrus & Mint Bourbon Sparkler:
1-2 sprigs of mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
6 ounces sparkling white wine

Directions:

For the Orange Citrus Simple Syrup:
Combine water and sugar in a 2 quart saucepan over high heat and bring to a simmer. Add orange peel and reduce heat to low and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

For the Citrus & Mint Bourbon Sparkler:
Add mint to a glass and gently muddle with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Fill glass with ice and add bourbon and prepared simple syrup. Top with sparkling wine and gently stir with a spoon or straw. Garnish with an additional spring of mint if desired.