Happy New Year!  This is the Professor.  You might have noticed that it’s been a little quiet here at Smith Bites over the Holidays; Debra had a kidney stone and subsequent infection, but with mega doses of antibiotic and a little TLC, everything seems to be under control.   Her energy is returning and we’ll be back to regular posting again soon.

To ring in the New Year, we’ve got a lovely Champagne Cocktail . . . with a twist . . . we’ve made a few of these and I think it’s safe to say that we liked it, we really liked it!

Adding a colorful bitters-soaked sugar cube to the bottom of the flute not only adds a beautiful color and terrific flavor but even more bubbles!

Simply place a sugar cube on the bottom of a Champagne flute or coupe glass.  Douse the sugar cube with the bitters and fill the glass with Champagne.    Garnish with a lemon twist. How is that for an easy cocktail?

And no party is complete without the perfect playlist so I’ve put together a few of our favorites . . . Cheers, Salute, “Cin-Cin” or however you say it . . . here’s to a fantastic 2012 . . .

Happy New Year!

Cocktail Playlist by Smith Bites on Grooveshark



  1. I’m in love with this cocktail and need to make this ASAP!

  2. Oh I love this idea – with the sugar cube!
    Debra – I hope you feel better soon! Sounds painful.. 🙁

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Cheers to you in 2012! Hope our paths cross at some point this year. XOXO

  4. Hi Professor! Please send Debra a hug for me – hope she’s back to her usual self in no time. Have a Happy New Year!


  5. Nice way to begin the New Year!

    Hope you’re feeling better Deb. xoxoxo

  6. Happy New Year! These are so pretty and festive!

    Hope Deb is feeling better fast!!!

  7. Speedy recovery to you, Debra. And Happy New Year to both of you!

  8. Happy New Year! I hope Debra’s feeling better very soon. 🙂

  9. I’m raising my glass to you and the Prof! Happy, happy New Year, sweet Deb!

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