Latin Twist: Perfect-for-New-Year’s-Eve Cocktail

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Mis queridos amigos, first I have to tell you: despite the champagne title, these days I don’t make this cocktail with it (lately I prefer  to use Prosecco!).  But, well, since we do associate that amazing sparkling wine with festivities–those New Year’s Eve related and beyond–so I’m keeping the name!

And second, this is really the most important point for sharing this drink, it’s simple, elegant, and wow, delicious! In fact, today (at dawn!) I made it on the morning Telemundo show, Buenos Días, New York, and it was a big hit! (Here I am with the team, enjoying sips–in between bites of mango-cucumber salsa!)

Back to the recipe, if you’re serving more than just your romantic partner, I recommend having the oranges squeezed and the pineapple juice ready. In fact, put both in a pitcher, and then you can pour a bit into each glass your serving, and then pour your “champagne” on top. Ah, one last point: the key with this,  as you’ve heard me say before, is that the ingredients need to be fresh and of excellent quality. I promise, my friends, that makes a huge flavor difference. That, and, well, making everything with love! (If you’ve seen Like Water For Chocolate, which is a movie I highly recommend, you’ll know exactly what I mean when it comes to your feeling transferring to the food you prepare!)

 

Finally, speaking of things done with love, I wish all of you the best now and in 2013! ¡Feliz y próspero año nuevo!

Pineapple-Champagne Cocktail

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Pineapple-Champagne Cocktail

This Pineapple-Champagne Cocktail is great for an intimate dinner--or for a group! To make larger amounts, simply multiply accordingly...and try to do as much as you can (combine juices!) ahead of time! ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces chilled pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 4 ounces cold Spanish sparkling wine, dry champagne, or Prosecco (Today I used Mionetto--which is PERFECT for this...though I drink it alone, too!)
  • 1 half-moon orange slice for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour the fruit juices into a chilled martini or wine glass.
  2. Top with the champagne, stir, garnish with the orange slice, and serve.
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Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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