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Henry's Majestic barman concocts cocktail recipes for New Year's Eve parties

Henry's Majestic barman concocts cocktail recipes for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is one of the better excuses to dine out and celebrate. But for those planning to host their own parties at home, we tasked Henry's Majestic beverage director Alex Fletcher with creating a couple of cocktail recipes sure to impress your guests.

He was given no instruction other than "easy" and "less easy," and what he gave us was the Riviera 77, a tropical twist on a French 75, and a Plum Lavender Flip, his updated spin on a Whiskey Flip. You can watch him explain each concoction in the video above. The recipes are as follows:

Riviera 77

Yields: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Half a kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 oz. Ford's gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Cocchi Americano fortified wine
  • Cava
  • Sliced kiwi for garnish

Muddle the kiwi. Combine that with the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and fortified wine in a shaker. Add some ice and shake. Pour through strainer into champagne flute. Top with cava (or your sparkling wine of choice) and garnish with a kiwi slice.

Plum Lavender Flip

Yields: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Half a fresh plum, sliced
  • 2 oz. Four Roses bourbon
  • 1/4 oz. Creme Yvette violet liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sliced plum and dried lavender for garnish

Muddle the plum. Combine that with all other ingredients in a shaker; give it a dry shake to emulsify the yolk. Then add ice and shake again. Pour through strainer into champagne coupe and garnish with a plum slice and a sprinkle of dried lavender.

Alex Fletcher at Woodford Reserve Manhattan party
Veteran Dallas barman Alex Fletcher is the beverage director for Henry's Majestic. Photo by Shana Anderson