New Year’s Eve is Here!

Here at H&H South, we just got back from a whirlwind trip to the home country (Kentucky) that was both wonderful and exhausting. Today is our first full day back in South Carolina and we’re getting settled again while we wait for 2015 to roll around. Luckily, due to a combination of generous Christmas giving and staying around the corner from the best liquor store ever aka Liquor Barn, we arrived in SC with a car full of alcoholic treats. I see great cocktails in our future!

AlcohaulWhile we continue to unwind from the trip and get ready to ring in the new year, we couldn’t resist mixing up a couple of drinks with our new goodies. Lillet and Campari were among the new bottles, so a Vesper and something with Campari were certainly high on the list of cocktails to make. Although a Negroni would be very 2014 of me, I decided that the Jasmine would suit perfectly to usher in 2015–and I’d get to use some of our homemade Cointreau.

The Jasmine and the Vesper MartiniThe Jasmine

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. Campari
  • 1/4 oz. Cointreau

Shake with ice and garnish with a lemon peel.

Although candy colored, the Jasmine is no sweet treat. It is bitter and tart and really quite lovely. I like it!

The Vesper

  • 3 measures Gordon’s
  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 measure Lillet

As per James Bond, shake this martini and garnish with a lemon peel.

Remember everyone, today is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep tabs on our New Year’s Eve activities by checking out our Instagram, as we will be posting there throughout the night. And always drink responsibly!

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