Wishing you a Ziegfeld New Year's Eve

We hope that you have a grand New Year's Eve... be it a small soiree, lavish party, a crowded bar or safe at home. We hope you dress up a bit, drink a little champagne and get a kiss.

The Zeigfeld Follies were our inspiration for this year's final cocktail. It's decadent with champagne like the ladies of the New York stage revue, boozy like the 1920's and fruity like one the Follies most infamous entertainers W. C. Fields (enjoy the clip below). Fields, a boozehound on and off-screen, carried a flask of "pineapple juice" on set. When a prankster replaced the flask liquor with actual pineapple juice, he reportedly said "who put pineapple juice in my pineapple juice?!"

The Toast of Manhatten (makes two drinks)
1 1/2 oz Rye
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Pineapple Syrup
Several Dash Peychaud's
6-8 oz Champagne

Add first four ingredients to mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Strain into two champagne glasses, dividing equally. Top with dry champagne and garnish with a brandied cherry.

Make the pineapple syrup: Add one cup brown or cane sugar with water. Heat to combine into syrup and cool. Add 1/3 to 1/2 fresh pineapple cut into 1 inch chunks. Let sit for several hours or chill overnight.

Cheers to 2012! Be merry, be happy, be safe. xo Rabbit and Alice

All photos compliments of the interwebs.

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