Holiday Entertaining Guide - Page 44 - Cheers! Prost! Salud!

Holiday Entertaining Guide
- Page 44
Cheers! Prost! Salud!
New Year’s Eve is prime time for parties.

It’s always good to have a few new drinks to try out for toasting, or even just warming up by the fire after you’ve tidied up the house after Christmas and want to just relax.

In her book “Winter Cocktails,” Maria Del Mar Sacasa mixes hot mulled pineapple juice with brandy and rum in a drink called Liquid Gold that is garnished with chunks of broiled pineapple. It’s the perfect coldweather toddy, making use of pineapples, which are in season now.

Here’s the recipe, along with several others that will make you say “cheers.”

Liquid gold
Yield: Makes 4 servings
For the pineapple garnish:

• 12 or more cubes fresh pineapple
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (see note)
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
For the mulled pineapple juice:
• 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
• 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
• 1 tablespoon whole cloves
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 4 cups pineapple juice
• 6 ounces dark rum
• 2 ounces brandy
• 1 vanilla bean pod, split in half lengthwise, seeds scraped out