The year 2009 wasn't the worst of years, not the greatest either but I can't say I'm not sorry to see it go. For this blog, this karmic culinary adventure, it was also a bumpy ride. So I'm here to toast to the bright and shiny new year. But what to toast with? While I may cook with alcoholic products I don't drink them at all. I found a fun book at the library that opened up my cocktail possibilities past the Shirley Temples and the Virgin Marys.Tons of choices from a Key Lime Mojito to a Ginger Beer Shandy to a Bittersweet Chocolatini. If you're someone who likes going alcohol free this is a book you would enjoy.
For this fine New Year I chose the Shampagne Cocktail. Blood orange bitters, a sugar cube and sparkling white grape juice. It bubbles like champagne but still leaves you free to fulfill your designated driver duties for the night.
So here's a Toast To You, my bloggy friends and readers. May your year be healthy and adventurous. May the waiter always get your order right and may you never burn your bacon. May we all tuck into 2010 with Gusto and Passion.