There are a few days in the year that I consider to be absolutely sacred when it comes to being allowed to indulge and one of those is definitely New Year’s Eve, if only because most calories consumed on this day are of the champagne nature. I love my wine no matter what, and the bubbly kind is no exception. Unfortunately, champagne isn’t always affordable – until this time of year!!! Several varieties are on sale at most stores right now and because I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve with a few of my girlfriends, I decided to pick up a couple of bottles that we could all enjoy. The sale at my local Smart & Final allowed me to get a ridiculous deal on some André champagne (2 for $5!!!) and was also pleased to note they had excellent sales for other spirits. I had already received a bottle of Smirnoff for Christmas and I was playing around with fruit & vodka infusions, so I didn’t have to spend extra money on other stuff, and I thought it would be fun make a nice AFFORDABLE champagne martini for the last recipe of 2009.
I was trying really hard to post this last night but I had internet issues yet again, so I apologize to those of you who are on the East coast and have already started your parties, as you’ll need a few more hours to make the strawberry-infused vodka for this drink. You’re more than welcome to use one of the many flavored vodkas out there, though! I know a couple of brands have strawberry and other berry-flavored spirits and champagne martinis are always fun no matter what you use in them. If you do have some time and the ingredients, give this a try! It’s very easy to do your own fruit infusions with all sorts of spirits and I find they taste better anyway. If you only have a glass of Brut champagne or Prosecco, no worries! The strawberry vodka will still give this a lovely pink color. Lastly, I used frozen strawberries for my recipe because that’s all I had on hand, but if you’ve somehow found decent fresh strawberries out there, you can use those as well. This is a light & sweet cocktail that is perfect for those who aren’t really into traditional martinis.
Hope you all have a fabulous and safe New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you in 2010!!!!!!!!