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Dec 3, 2008 07:15 AM

A Week of Speciality Cocktails

So my friends and I are going away for a week for New Years, and I have come up with a fairly ambitious "traveling" menu -- each day is a different country/region. I have beer and wine to go with meals, but I wanted some fabulous cocktails for before/after (since we are all staying at the same house, that means no one has to drive home!) Ok, so here are my nights:

Day 1: Italian (white lasagna and fettucini pesto, with homemade pasta, pizza bianca, burrata and tomato salad)
Day 2: German (käsespatzle, bratwurst (fine ground german style, not johnsonville), and a green salad)
Day 3 Mexican (beef chimichangas, chicken enchiladas, cheese crisps, queso fundido, beans, rice)
Day 4: New Years Cocktail party -- a bunch of fingerfoods.. I think I will do two champagne cocktails for this -- ginger and pomegranate -- mmm or both together!
Day 5: Indian (Tandoori Chicken, Lamb in some sort of curry, some sort of veggie, fresh naan, rice)

I have most of the basics -- Rum, Gin, Tequila, Vodka and a good number of liqueurs. I can buy more if necessary. Its a girls weekend, and we all do fairly girly drinks, no one is very into bourbon, scotch, etc.

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  1. I'd give the following a go:

    Italian: Negroni
    German: There is really nothing more German than a good beer in my opinion
    Mexican: Margarita
    New Years: French 75, Belini
    Indian: Uh, yeah, no idea there

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    1. re: ShadowedOne

      a few extra thoughts:
      Italian: Bellinis, since you'll probably want an alternative that is sweeter than a Negroni
      German: ditto - all I can think of is beer
      Mexican: try Palomas as well - they are tequila w/ Grapefruit soda. yum!
      New Years - love the french 75 idea.
      Indian - try a Pegu club - not exactly Indian, but it's a good gin drink. We have an Indian resto in Boston that makes tasty Ginger Basil gimlets and they always seem perfect to start off an Indian meal.
      Somewhere during the week you could fit in Sidecars. I always think of them as an elegant winter ladies cocktail, and you can rim w/ sugar to be fancy.

      1. re: ShadowedOne

        Here's a drink I created to go with Indian food -- I think it works pretty well, but beer is probably best:

      2. Italian: Fragoli Passion - 4 oz. champagne, 1 oz Fragoli strawberry liqueur (Italian) or another strawberry liqueur, (but only Fragoli has little strawberries floating in it).

        Mexican: Maragita.

        Indian: Blueberry Thrill (made at Eastern Standard in Boston) - Gin, blueberry juice, lemon juice, cardamom.

        1. German - cocktails are very tricky. Maybe a sidecar made with Asbach Uralt? There are a few straight liquors, though. Good schnapps is always a surprise to those who equate the name with the over-sweet artificially-flavored stuff that's most common in the US. And of course there's Jagermeister, which is actually a very good digestif despite the fact that it's been adopted as a beverage of choice by drunken obnoxious frat types.

          For Indian, there's one obvious choice: gin and tonic. It's the stuff the Raj was built on. Which probably explains a lot about the Raj's liver. Pith helmet and stiff upper lip optional.

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          1. re: alanbarnes

            You beat me to it Alan, the G&T idea just popped in to my head!

            One of, if not THE, original reason tonic was created was to combat malaria. In order to make it more palatable people started mixing it with sugar (the tonic back then wasn't sweetened) and gin and thus the G&T was born. I think this would make the perfect Indian drink. If you want bonus points you could make your own tonic syrup, the ingredients are readily available on the web.

            I used Jeffrey's recipe when I made mine. Links below.



            1. re: ShadowedOne

              Italian-- Averna or Nonino amaro w/ muddled Amarena Fabbri cherries (or for a fruitier version, equal parts Averna, Cointreau and Lairds Applejack w/ peychaud bitters, as by Kevin at Spur in Seattle)

              Indian-- Aviation made with Old Raj saffron gin