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“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can still instill in us” – Hal Borland

Happy New Year!!


years beginning

1/2 cup honey

1 (750-ml) bottle Pimm’s No.1

2 1/2 cups gin

2 cups curacao

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups aquavit

1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling white wine

1 lemon, thinly sliced, studded with cloves

Dissolve honey in 1/3 cup hot water. Chill syrup until cold.

Combine Pimm’s, gin, curacao, lemon juice, aquavit and honey syrup in a large pitcher and chill 2 to 6 hours.

Place lemon slices into martini glasses, pour cocktail into glasses and top with sparkling wine.