• Cocktail guru Jonathan Pogash whips up these great cocktails that will make any guest happy to say good-bye to 2012 and hello to the new year.

    New Year's Mambo

    Ingredients

    1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry vodka

    3 oz. Martini Prosecco

    1 tsp. agave nectar

    splash of fresh lemon juice

    pinch of pumpkin pie spice

    2 raspberries

    Method

    Shake all ingredients (except for prosecco) with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with the prosecco.

    Garnish

    Edible silver dust

    Coquito

    Ingredients

    3 parts Ron Abuelo 7 year old Rum

    1 part sweetened condensed milk

    1 part coconut milk

    winter spices to taste (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc)

    Method

    Combine ingredients ahead of time in large container. Re-bottle into rum bottle and refrigerate overnight. Serve with or without ice into short glasses.

    2013 Punch

    Ingredients

    2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon or Van Gogh Gin

    1 part Barritt's Ginger Beer

    1/2 part fresh lemon juice

    1/2 part Monin agave nectar

    1/2 part Perfect Puree of Napa Valley peach puree

    1 part Champagne

    Several dashes of bitters to taste

    Method

    Combine into a large punch bowl and add block ice. Stir well to dilute and chill.

    Garnish

    Several lemon slices, sage leaves, and candied ginger