I don't have a cocktail very often, but when I do, I have a couple favorites.
If I'm not drinking wine, I prefer something light and tasty, but not too sweet.
My all time favorite drink is a Lemon Drop. Here is my recipe for a PERFECT batch:
1/2 c. Citron vodka
1/2 c. Triple Sec
3 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. Sweet and Sour
a splash of 7-up of other citrus soda
Rim glass with sugar (I use lemon sugar), Shake with ice, and pour.
I also love what I call a "Buona Sera" (very similar to a pomegranate "martini", but lighter, bubbly, and with fewer calories).
1 shot of Pomegranate vodka
5 oz of Trader Joe's Sparkling Pomegranate Juice
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
After dinner drink? I usually go straight to coffee after dinner. Once a Las Vegas bartender made me one of these: (I call it a "Buona Notte")
1 shot Vanilla Vodka
1 Shot Kahlua
Coffee or espresso
Stay tuned tomorrow for the drinks we "created" for the gang in Montisi.