Toasting the New Year

All four are mine

We thought we’d toast 2012 with a bit of bubbly and a look back at some of our favorite drink posts from 2011. But first, here’s a festive prosecco pear cocktail, from one of the many bloggers who helped make 2011 a very tasty year. Check out Hilary’s blog,, and find her on Facebook. (That’s where we found her.)

Here’s to a happy New Year.

The Italian Sidecar

Lemon Drops

The Manhattan


Lynchburg Lemonade

Blackberry mint julips

Bastardized Bellinis

Breakfast martinis

White Sangria

The Frigid Russian

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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59 Responses to Toasting the New Year

  1. tandre07 says:

    Wow! A ton of drinks. Any cocktails you guys like that use bitters. My fiance got me about 6 different types of bitters for Christmas. I need to find some cocktail recipes using them.

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    Now that’s the way to toast the New Year! Wishing you both the best that 2012 has to offer. Happy New Year!

  3. Kristy says:

    Happy New Year guys! Wishing you all the best and love those pomosas!

  4. A_Boleyn says:

    Lots of lovely drinks to look at. I’ll have to see how creative I can get with the alcohol I’ve got in the house though as the budget has been stretched too tight for any more trips to the liquor store. Till the spring at least. πŸ™‚

  5. peasepudding says:

    Here’s to a very Merry New Year then and looking forward to more boozy posts in 2012!

  6. sallybr says:

    oh, how I wish I ad a little more alcohol-tolerance, the drinks look amazing, but at most I can get a couple of sips, and stop right there…. (sigh)

    that frigid russian is calling my name, strange as this phrase may sound! πŸ™‚

  7. sallybr says:

    how impossibly rude of me…. HAPPY NEW YEAR O BOTH OF YOU!

    It s been great to follow uour blog this past year….

  8. nrhatch says:

    I want to visit your house for Happy Hour sometime. Every one of those looks great . . . especially the Italian and the Russian. Da!

  9. Can I just come hang out with you and do a drink-making throw down? These all look incredible!

    Happy New Year!!!

  10. I definitely have loved all the drink recipes throughout this year. yes, I know I don’t drink but I do love to entertain. And these recipes certainly came in handy :). I hope you have a great New Year

  11. What a cocktail list! A dastardly cough and cold, caught on a flight to the UK, has reduced my liquid intake to cough mixture and hot toddy. Have a great New Year and thanks for all your cool posts.

  12. 3 cheers for you both and your wonderful drinks πŸ™‚

  13. If I start now with the Breakfast Martini, I should be through the list by midnight and ready for my 12 grapes and the chimes…or maybe IΒ΄ll just be unconconscious in my “despensa” muttering things about Greg and Katherine my new Americano blogging pals and their dangerous cocktails! Have a wonderful celebration tonight, whatever you do…..and a Very Happy New Year, Felix AΓ±o Nuevo to you both πŸ™‚

  14. Carolyn Chan says:

    No excuses that there’s nothing to drink! Happy new year to you both!

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    What a great post for the final day of the year. Prosecco Pear caught my eye – which would seem to freshen the pallate to pave the way for a dessert with some port! (I couldn’t resist).

    Have a safe New Years Eve … and thanks for your contributions this year.

  16. Karen says:

    Happy New Year, Greg and Katherine. It has been fun visiting your blog, reading your creative recipes, and enjoying your great sense of humor. All the best for the new year.

  17. Even though I’m not a cocktail drinker, I love when you do them…the photos are always the best!
    Much love and luck to you both in the coming year!

  18. Well, I send you a very big Salut for this great blog of libations. It is the eve of cocktails and bubbly and I want to say how much I have enjoyed your posts my blogging friend and look forward to many more in 2012. I will toast us all tonight and our continuing commitment. Salut!

  19. Sissi says:

    Prosecco pear cocktail sounds luscious! Thank you for reminding us all these lovely drinks! They might come in handy tonight πŸ˜‰
    Happy New Year to both of you!

  20. They all look and sound delicious! happy Healthy New Year to you both and your family!

  21. The lemon drop would be my favorite. Abundant blessings in the New Year to you!

  22. Hallelujah for Lemon Drops!!! Couldn’t do without them. What a smashing list of ways to ring in and toast the New Year! Happy New Year to you and Katherine! Drink up and be safe! πŸ™‚

  23. secretmenu says:

    I’m going to try all of these–but I’ll try not to do it in one night. That would make for a very unhappy New Year.

    I hope you have a wonderful one!

  24. Young Wifey says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  25. I don’t think I can handle all these drink today….oh wait yes I can.

    A very Happy New Year to you and Katherine!

  26. spree says:

    I’m SO behind the times! I’ve only recently tasted a lemon drop, and Now I want Another! This one of yours (or is it Katherine’s?) far prettier than the one we recently ordered. And your photo, so pretty too! Thanks for this Rufus and for the fun reads and good recipes all year!

  27. It’s 6am on the 1st of January, and I find myself craving one of your pomosas. A little hair of the dog, perhaps.. πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year!!

  28. joshuafagans says:

    Happy New Year! I have a new cocktail for you to try, just need to get around to posting it…

  29. What a fun post, Greg. That’s a bit greedy with the bubbly! I love all the props too. You had me at breakfast martini!
    Hope you and Katherine have a safe and wonderful new year.

  30. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love Prosecco. Your drinks look so inviting but it’s New Years Day here in Australia now and I’m going to try and sober up before my next round of festivities. Happy New Year!

  31. egg me on says:

    What a great list of drinks! Happy New Year’s! Can’t wait to see what you guys whip up in 2012. πŸ˜€

  32. SimpleP says:

    The white sangria and frigid russian look so good! The lemon drops bring back college memories. Love the line ups! Happy New Year!

  33. ceciliag says:

    Fab Fab thank you both! luff you. I am going back to check out the frigid russian.. it might be something i might like! love love ring in 2012 for me as i am off to bed!! (early start tomorrow) c

  34. Michelle says:

    Have so enjoyed getting to “know” you in 2011 and look forward to your posts in the new year. Happy new year to you both!

  35. Yum… one of each please!! and I’ll have that Frigid Russian for dessert!!

  36. Colleen says:

    They all look so delicious and refreshing!

  37. This looks to me like a roster one (I) should work one’s (my) way through, drink by drink. Probably *not* all on one NYE. But in a thorough way all the same! πŸ™‚

  38. seabeegirl says:

    Those drinks look delicious! Happy New Year to both of you and thanks for such awesome recipes! I’m looking forward to many more this year. πŸ˜€

  39. rutheh says:

    Cheers to you and Katherine! All good things in 2012.
    What a great series of photographs. Colorful and creative.
    Terrific compendium of some awesome spirits combinations, who cares if shaken or stirred, just served!

  40. Can I have one of each?

    Hope you had a great evening!

  41. spicegirlfla says:

    Wow…where do I start? I hate to pick just one πŸ™‚ Happy New Years!!

  42. Charles says:

    Ah man, I’d forgotten the frigid Russian… damn that looks good! Great line-up of drinks Greg – Happy new year to both you and Katherine πŸ™‚

  43. ....RaeDi says:

    What beautiful drinks for beautiful people! I hope nothing but the best for you and Katherine! Happy New Year!

  44. colline says:

    Wish you both a wonderful New Year πŸ™‚

  45. They all look good. I would like one of each today. Sure would make my day!

  46. rsmacaalay says:

    Those are great drinks to start the year.

    Have a happy and prosperous New Year

  47. -sigh- Those drinks look delicious and enticing. Beautiful photography captured it all. Only 4.5 months until we are out of the “dry” land and can join you in a toast. Check out how we toasted in the new year –

  48. Great way to say cheers to the year!
    Have a fantastic 2012.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  49. Your white sangria looks good! Well, the all do! Cheers to 2012!

  50. TheBack40 says:

    This post makes me want to put away the wine and drink a little more creatively.

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