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Put a sparkle in New Years with dessert cocktails

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Creating cocktails and mocktails to ring in the New Year can be as easy as adding flavored syrups to champagne or cider.

Looking for the perfect beverage to ring in the New Year? Try adding a sweet touch to champagne with frozen strawberries and Torani's strawberry flavored syrup. Or, try your hand at mocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails creating Candied lemon drop, Berry bubbly, Holiday swing punch or Torani-politan. Either way guests will be sure to have a smile on their face when greeting the new year.

Dessert cocktails, sweet drinks that are the latest party trend, combine syrups and berries to favorite drinks. One of the benefits of the beverages is that they can either be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic, not leaving the designated driver out of the fun. Not only are they being used to celebrate the holidays, the drinkable desserts are also on the menu for cocktail parties, engagement parties and bridal showers.

Merry Berry Bubbly

1/2 C. Torani strawberry syrup

1 bottle of good champagne or sparkling cider

1 package of frozen strawberries

Fill four glasses with frozen strawberries. Add 2 tablespoons Torani's strawberry syrup to each glass. Top with champagne or sparkling cider.

Candied Lemon Drop

2 T. Torani vanilla syrup

1/4 C. + 2 T. sparkling water or club soda

1/4 C. pineapple juice

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, shake gently and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Berry Bubbly

2 T. Torani raspberry syrup

1 C. sparkling apple cider

Combine syrup and cider in a fluted glass and stir.

Holiday Swing Punch

serves 18 to 20

1-1/2 C. Torani raspberry syrup

1-1/2 C. Torani vanilla syrup

4 to 5 liters sparkling water or club soda

Juice of 3 limes

Half fill a punchbowl with ice, add Torani, water and lime juice and stir well. Float slices of lime for garnish.

Torani-Politan

serves 4-6

1/2 C. plus 1 T. Torani raspberry syrup

2 C. lemonade

2 C. ice

lemon twists for garnish

Fill a 24-oz. martini shaker with ice. Add Torani and lemonade, shake, and strain into martini glass. Garnish each drink with a lemon twist.

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