Worried you’d have pumpkin spice withdrawals now that the holiday season has ended and a new year is upon us? Have no fear; there’s room for one last go with everyone’s favorite seasonal obsession.
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Pop! The sound of a bottle of bubbly getting uncorked is a sure sign it’s time to celebrate. Think beyond basic bubbly and craft one of these cocktails for your New Year’s Eve party or New Year’s Day brunch.
French 75: Gin, lemon and sparkling wine are the notes in this classic cocktail.
Cranberry Kir Royale: This beautiful pink drink (pictured up top) looks as special as it tastes.
Pink SHAMpagne: Who says bubbly needs alcohol? This flavorful, festive drink gets fizz from sparkling apple cider and raspberry seltzer.
Blood Orange Campari Prosecco Cocktail: Fresh blood orange juice and campari give this drink a brilliant orange hue.
Continue Reading Sparkling Drinks to Celebrate the New Year
AKA It’s Like You’re in Big Night and You’re Cooler Than Stanley Tucci
I’m kind of obsessed with the movie Big Night. I’ve loved it since before I began writing about food and thinking about the role food plays in our lives. All the cooking, all the rushing around, the loud mouths and big stomachs, and that huge meal at the end that rendered everyone nearly unconscious: I’ve always wanted to host a dinner like that. The closest I’ve ever gotten is with pasta and Bolognese (I’ll save the timpano and the other 40 courses for another day).
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Burgers are big business, as anyone in the burger business can tell you. Burger joints reign supreme over any other kind of restaurant, making twice the dough of their nearest competitor, pizza parlors. So, with that in mind, it should come as no surprise that NYC darling Shake Shack has just filed for a $100 million initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
What does this mean? Well, for one, expect to be able to buy and sell Shake Shack stocks in the near future. You should also expect many new franchise locations to open up around the world. The company plans to open ten new locations per year, capping out at a ludicrous 450. They are also rebranding themselves under the new label ‘fine casual.’ It’s sort of like casual Friday if, instead of finally being able to eschew that suit, you had to wear one of those dumb tuxedo t-shirts.
The documents outlining the offering have some interesting facts about the company, including their plans to open multiple locations in Russia and the success of the Middle East market, which already boasts twenty locations. It looks like the golden arches may face some stiff competition from brisket burgers in the near future.
There will come a day, as seen in every sci-fi movie ever, in which humans are no longer needed in the workforce, permanently replaced by robots. Help speed the dystopia along by pre-ordering this spiffy robot bartender.
The Somabar, currently funding on Kickstarter, is an all-in-one robot bartender for the home. You just pop in the ingredients you want and let the machine do the rest. It connects to the Internet, so the list of available cocktails is constantly updated. Never again will you have to suffer through the humiliation of having to lift a spoon to mix something by hand.
Somabar has already blown through its initial funding amount, so this thing will see the light of day. Of course, if you get weepy and start crying about your ex to this bartender, it probably won’t give you any advice.