This New Years Eve I’m staying in and lying low, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to indulge in a good drink or two. Mixing alcohol and resolutions isn’t the most healthy or proactive idea, but what the hell! New Years Eve should be about reflecting, spending time with your loved ones, having fun, and looking towards the future – and I think a good drink or two fits in perfectly with that plan.
As the years go by, I’ve been changing my approach to resolution-making. When I was younger I’d come up with a long list of resolutions, which was really a product of self-shaming. I was upset with myself that I hadn’t already achieved those over-the-top goals, so I laid them out in order to count my failures. For the past two years I’ve been making 10 or so resolutions for myself that had to do with learning and experiencing more, but similarly, I was only able to “achieve” a small portion of those resolutions. But this year is going to be different. My resolutions are far more achievable, and rather than setting difficult goals for myself, I’m making a short list (5 things) that I want to be more open and conscious of as I head into the new year. With each resolution I’m also sharing a delicious drink recipe, because making a few quality cocktails once in a while is also something I plan to do more of in the new year.
I’m also looking forward to setting a little time aside to think about what I have accomplished this year, so the focus isn’t entirely on what I could be doing better. So what are your resolutions? I hope you head into 2016 feeling excited and ready for new opportunities. Happy New Year!
Resolution 1: I hold people to very high standards, and this year, I want to be more conscious of cutting everyone some slack. Maybe they had a bad day, or maybe they were never taught to be polite in the same way that I was? Either way, it’s best to not take it personally when someone is mean-spirited, and who knows what’s going on in their life?
The Drink: Aperol Spritz
In the summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to spend time in Italy with local Italians, which resulted in quite a memorable experience. In Italy aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink and snack, and where I was staying the aperitif of choice was Spritz (pictured above).
- 1.5 oz Aperol
- 3 oz Prosecco
- Club soda
- Optional: orange slice
In a wine glass add ice, Prosecco, Aperol, and club soda. Top it off with a slice of orange and you’re ready to go.
Resolution 2: This past year I put myself “out there”, so-to-speak, and went the extra mile to do a few things that were outside of my comfort zone, but I have so much more room to grow. This year, I plan to make a clear effort to do more things that I normally wouldn’t, and feel a little vulnerable sometimes.
The Drink: Mexican Mule
You’ve probably heard of Moscow Mules, which are delicious, but I enjoy this twist on the original mule even better!
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 3 oz ginger beer
- Juice from half a lime
- Optional: lime slice
This drink is best served in a copper mug, but if you don’t have one handy, any glass will do. Add ice to your glass and follow with the tequila of your choice, ginger beer, and lime juice. Mix well and garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy.
Resolution 3: Ignore the haters! Seriously, haters gonna hate, and what’s the point of caring? I’m pretty good at dusting off bullshit, but this year I hope to perfect my “ignore the haters” mentality. Life is difficult enough without unnecessary negativity.
The Drink: Elyx Cup
- 4 mint leaves
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 2 oz vodka
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
Muddle mint and cucumber, then add in vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Mix well, pour over ice, top off your drink with Prosecco, and voila!
Resolution 4: Spread the love! Along with using my phone less often in public, I’m going to spend 2016 making an effort to be more open and friendly when I’m out and about. I’m also going to work on telling those I love just how much I love them more often.
The Drink: Whiskey Sour
Although I enjoy all sorts of cocktails, the Whiskey Sour may very well be my favorite. I love all things sour, and this bad boy packs a punch!
- 1.5 oz whiskey
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
You can be flexible with this one, adding more whiskey or more sour, depending on your mood. If you own a shaker, add whiskey, juice, and simple syrup, shake, and pour over ice. If not, just add your ingredients over ice and be sure to mix it well!
Resolution 5: I must really start focusing on my health and wellbeing. Better physical and mental health means a happier and more fulfilling life in every way possible. While I’m young, I need to start making healthy habits and getting fit! For me that means making time to exercise a little bit every day, always taking the stairs, and drinking plenty of water.
The Drink: Mojito
Saying *cheers* to getting healthier may seem like an oxymoron, but I don’t see anything wrong with indulging once and awhile. Everything in moderation!
- 6 mint leaves
- 1.5 oz white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 1/2 lime
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Muddle your mint leaves, lime, and sugar in a glass. Add ice to your glass and pour over with a white rum of your choice and club soda. Stir together and enjoy!