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Happy Booze Year! A Few Cocktail Recipes to Help You Ring in 2015…

It’s December 31st, aka New Year’s Eve. A time for gathering with friends and family to look back on the 365 days that flew by at amazing speed, and to look ahead to the next 365 days. Since you’ve landed on a drinking blog, I think it’s fair to say that much like the Boozedancing crew, you too will be reminiscing about 2014 and looking ahead to 2015 with a drink in your hand. Below are two cocktail recipes from Captain Morgan Rum and one from Crown Royal that landed in our inbox a few weeks ago, along with a variation of a cocktail that we read about in Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories from the World’s Hippest Borough.

The Boozedancing Crew wishes all of you a very Happy New Year! Please drink responsibly, but if you choose not to, make sure to have a designated driver on hand, or at the very least, reserve yourself an Uber! That’s what the New York and West Coast Offices would do. Cheers!

Rye, Averna, and Sorel Cocktail

The Old Man Dance

The original recipe for The Old Man Dance, a cocktail creation from the good people at Post Office in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, called for 1 ounce of Rye Whiskey, .5 ounce of Sorel, and .5 ounce of Ramazotti Amaro. Since I didn’t have any Ramazotti on hand, I instead went with my “hometown favorite”, i.e. Amaro Averna (Caltanisetta, the home of this elixir. is less than an hour away from my hometown of Agrigento, Sicily), and doubled up on the Rye Whiskey, cause that’s how I roll, Yo! Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 ounces of High West Double Rye
  • .5 ounce of Sorel
  • .5 ounce of Amaro Averna

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a tall, ice filled glass. Stir thoroughly. Pour over ice into an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a wedge of orange.


Captain’s Holiday Cocktail

Captain's Holiday Cocktail

  • 1.25 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.25 oz. Fernet Branca
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3 Pieces Blackberry
  • 3 Dashes of bitters
  • 2 oz. Cola

Instructions: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients but the cola. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with cola. Garnish with an orange peel, expressed and inserted.


Island Stopper

Island Stopper

  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 1/4 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Coconut Rum
  • 5 oz Cola

Instructions: In an ice filled collins or rocks glass combine all the ingredients. Stir to blend. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Crownberry Apple

Crownberry Apple

  • 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple Canadian Whisky
  • 4 oz. Cranberry Juice

Instructions: Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with apple wedge.

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