…and the Jaunty Quills are celebrating! Today we’ve compiled our favorite drink recipes for your pleasure. If you’re looking for a cocktail to mix up tonight, try one of these.

Cindy Kirk’s Crazy Coyote Margarita


½ tbsp. granulated sugar

3 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 ½ ounces Coyote Gold margarita mix



1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix together 1/2 tsp. of granulated sugar, 3 tbsp. of fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces of Coyote Gold margarita mix, and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.

2. Rub a slice of lime along the rim of a margarita glass. Turn the glass upside down and coat the rim with salt from a plate.

3. Pour the margarita mixture through a strainer into the salt-rimmed margarita glass. Add a lime wedge to the rim.

Vanessa Kelly’s Kir Royale

One of my favorite Christmas drinks is a Kir Royale, which is basically a champagne cocktail. The Kir Royale is a dash of creme de cassis topped off with champagne!

 Kir Royale 2

Nancy Robards Thompson’s Classic Manhattan


2 ounces bourbon (or if you want a slightly sweeter drink, use one ounce of traditional bourbon and one ounce of honey bourbon)

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry. 

Kathleen O’Brien’s Max’s Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

This was created by Max Scherff at The Fairmont in San Francisco.


3/4 ounce(s) Stoli Vanilla Vodka

1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps

4 ounce(s) apple cider

1 ounce(s) whipped cream

1 cinnamon stick

Cinnamon powder, for garnish.



Combine spirits and cider, steaming until warm. Add cinnamon stick to footed mug and pour in liquid. Top with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon powder.

Kristan Higgins’s St. Germaine Martini


1 and a half parts vodka

1 part St-Germaine

1 half part lemon juice


Combine, shake gently, add a splash of vanilla seltzer water. Supremely delicious!

Katherine Garbera’s Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail



1 tsp. sorbet (perhaps raspberry or passion fruit)

Chilled champagne or Prosecco


Scoop sorbet into a champagne flute. Fill with chilled Champagne or Prosecco; stir.

Robyn DeHart

Robyn’s no whiz behind a bar, but she does love eggnog with a little kick of rum. Good choice, Robyn!

Mia Marlowe’s Hot Wassail (for the kids too!)

This is a seriously easy recipe that makes the house smell like Christmas. Here’s what you need:

1 QT Apple Juice

1 QT Cranberry Juice

1 Orange

Cinnamon Sticks

Whole Cloves

 Wassail with oranges and cloves


Pour the juice into a 5 quart pot and heat on low setting. Stick the orange with cloves. (This is a great project for kids. They love poking the cloves into the orange in fun patterns!) You can leave the orange whole or cut it into quarters. Float the cloved orange and the cinnamon sticks in the juice. Let it simmer till you’re ready to serve!

If you prefer the vino…

Jesse Hayworth with our wine selection.

I’m more of a wine girl, and love to celebrate with a Benefit Wine


They taste good—though I’ve been known to enjoy Cardboardeaux (aka boxed wine), so take that for what it’s worth—have cool labels, and ~30% of the sale price goes to the charity you select.

Shana’s Sparkling Cider

I usually celebrate by toasting with my daughter and a glass of sparkling grape juice. However you choose to celebrate, we hope it’s a wonderful beginning to 2014!


19 thoughts on “It’s New Year’s Eve!

  1. Sue Gorman says:

    Happy New Year’s Eve!
    Great recipes!
    Poinsettias (champagne with cranberry juice) are our family’s favorite holiday drink.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      That does sound pretty yummy!

      1. Sue Gorman says:

        Will let you know later today.
        I read last night while Brian watched the Three Stooges marathon.
        Poinsettias and snacks from Trader Joes later today.

  2. Cynthia D'Alba says:

    These look YUMMY! Tonight, I have a sparkling muscato to try. Then I’ll drive my golf cart home!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I love moscato. I have two bottles in my fridge!

      1. Vanessa Kelly Vanessa Kelly says:

        I like prosecco a lot, too!

      2. Cynthia D'Alba says:

        this is my first time with a sparkling pink moscato! I’ll let you know.

  3. catslady says:

    They all sound intriguing. For the holidays I enjoy Black Russians or maybe a Bailey’s Cream (or Kahlua) and coffee. Happy New Year everyone!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      castlady, those are some of my favorites.

  4. Sarah Rosenbarker says:

    I had to laugh at the Crazy Coyote because I just finished reading about someone who had one too many in one of Cindy’s books. I think I will stay away from that one. LOL.
    Eric just came home from work last night with a huge, and I mean huge, gift basket full of goodies from a local high end grocery store. One of his clients dropped it off for him last week while he was on vacation and luckily the coworkers didn’t dig into it. One of the item in it was a bottle of sparkling blueberry/pomegranate juice, so I think we might give that a try tonight. I am not much of a drinker so it will be perfect. Happy New Year to everyone!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Sarah, I will let you have the blueberry/pomegranate juice. i bought some sparkling apple cider for tonight. Enjoy!

      1. Sarah Rosenbarker says:

        I am not really a fan of sparkling juice/cider, but it’s better than champagne, at least to me. I hardly ever drink carbonated beverages and the sparkling cider and juice seem excessively carbonated. Just give me a glass of iced tea, water, milk, or a virgin strawberry daiquiri.

  5. ki pha says:

    Oh man, all these sounds so good!!! Really I’m not an alcoholic but wow!! I really want to drink all of these!

    Happy New Years Ladies!!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Maybe try one every year 🙂

      1. ki pha says:

        LOL Maybe~

  6. Mary Anne Landers says:

    Happy New Year, everyone! Looking forward to another year of jaunty blogging!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      We are too!

  7. Vanessa Kelly Vanessa Kelly says:

    They all look fab! Have a Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s hoping for peace, health, and plenty of great books to read in 2014!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:


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