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A Toast to the Best of the Best from 2007 - Cocktails to help you celebrate the year that was.

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A Toast to the Best of the Best from 2007

As the year comes to a close, we reminisced on 2007 and the events and trends that defined and shaped the year. Mixologists from all over the country have cooked up some concoctions of their own to mark some of the more notable events that took the media by storm in 2007. Raise your cocktail in tribute to a year of celebrity, scandal, revolution and innovation!

Thanks to 4Cocktails.com for providing these great recipes.

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The British Invasion Cocktail Photo

The British Invasion

Drink Type: Cocktail - T


2 Orange Peel - (more)
1 1/2 part(s) Courvoisier Exclusif Cognac - (more)
3/4 part(s) Knob Creek 100 Proof Bourbon - (more)
3/4 part(s) Starbucks Cream Liqueur - (more)
Almond Cream - (more)


Bartenders: Cocktail consultants Marcos Tello and Damian Windsor, Los Angeles, CA

Apple pie and baseball are out. Bangers and mash and the real football are in. We welcomed British celebrity royalty, a soccer superstar and his sassy singing wife to the United States and celebrated the Euro cool of this duo.

Pour the Courvoisier Exclusif into a sugar-rimmed brandy snifter. In a separate mixing glass, combine the Starbucks Coffee Liqueur and Knob Creek and stir. Ignite the cognac slowly turning the snifter and rotating it so as to caramelize all the sugars on the rim of the snifter. Express the two orange peels into the brandy snifter so as to coat the inside of the glass with the caramelized orange oils. (This should create quite a spark so be careful!) Discard the orange peels. Strain the coffee liqueur/bourbon mixture directly into the brandy snifter, putting out the flame. Layer the almond cream on top of the mixture. Allow to cool and enjoy carefully as the brandy snifter may be quite hot around the rim.

The Friend Me Martini Photo

The Friend Me

Drink Type: Martini - T


2 part(s) Hornitos Reposado Tequila - (more)
1 part(s) Dekuyper Pomegranate Liqueur - (more)
1 part(s) Lime Juice Freshly Squeezed - (more)
1 part(s) Simple Syrup - (more)


Bartender: Adam Geenen, Salud Tequila Lounge, Chicago, IL

Popularity takes on a whole new meaning with the rise of social networking. So have a sip and share with your virtual buddies.

Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Foot Tapper Sting Cocktail Photo

The Foot Tapper Sting

Drink Type: Cocktail - T


2 part(s) Canadian Club 6 Year Old - (more)
1 part(s) DeKuyper Peppermint 40 Proof Schnapps - (more)
1 part(s) DeKuyper White Creme de Mint - (more)


Bartender: Pat M, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Airport restrooms have been forever changed by the notoriety a certain senator bestowed on a Minnesota terminal with a simple tap of the foot.

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Fill an old-fashioned glass with shaved ice, strain spirits over ice and serve with straw.

The Adjustable Rate Cocktail Photo

The Adjustable Rate

Drink Type: Cocktail - T


5 part(s) Pineapple Juice Fresh - (more)
1 part(s) Cruzan Black Cherry Rum - (more)
1 part(s) Hornitos Plata Tequila - (more)
1 splash(es) Orange Juice - (more)
1/2 part(s) DeKuyper Tropical Pineapple Schanpps - (more)


Bartender: Derek O'Neill Butler, Prime One Twelve Restaurant, Miami, FL

What once seemed a bargain came to claim its dues. Adjustable rates soar. The housing market plummets. Buyers beware!

Shake and serve over ice in a high ball glass with a pineapple garnish.

The Global Warmer Martini Photo

The Global Warmer

Drink Type: Martini - T


6 Mint Leaves Torn - (more)
1 1/2 part(s) Basil Hayden Bourbon - (more)
1 1/2 part(s) Sour Mix Lime - (more)
1/2 part(s) DeKuyper Triple Sec - (more)
1/4 part(s) DeKuyper Tropical Pineapple Schanpps - (more)


Bartender: Michael Becker, Portland Steak and Chophouse, Portland, OR

Going green? It's about time. Don't forget to buy these cocktail ingredients locally, and recycle the bottles when you are done too.

Build over ice, shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with mint leaf and a lime twist.

The Shorn Identity Martini Photo

The Shorn Identity

Drink Type: Martini - T


4 drop(s) Orange Flower Water - (more)
2 oz. Lime Juice Fresh - (more)
1 1/4 part(s) Makers Mark Bourbon - (more)
1 Egg White - (more)
1 oz. Lemon Juice Fresh - (more)
1 part(s) Simple Syrup - (more)
Angostura Bitters - (more)


Bartender: Marvin Allen, Carousel Lounge, New Orleans, LA

It was a day of infamy when a former pop sensation shaved her locks in a signal of desperation and despair. We watched her demise with intrigue in the hopes that she won't - oops, do it again.

Place all ingredients with the exception of the bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled and frothy. Strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass, sprinkle a few drops of bitters on top and swirl into a fun design.

Time for a Change Martini Photo

Time for a Change

Drink Type: Martini - T


2 1/2 part(s) Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon - (more)
1 dash(es) Orange Bitters - (more)
1/2 part(s) Blueberry Juice - (more)
1/2 part(s) Lemon Juice Fresh - (more)
1/2 part(s) Simple Syrup Lavender Honey - (more)
1/4 part(s) DeKuyper Triple Sec - (more)


Bartender: Steve King and Owen Thomson, Bourbon, Washington, DC

Democrats and Republicans and Independents, oh my! His term is up and we wait with baited breath for what the next chief will bring.

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve in a sugar rimmed martini glass.

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