don't drop the ball!Looking for the perfect cocktail to ring in the new year?

What better way to celebrate the arrival of 2011 than with a tea-infused champagne cocktail?   Not only is it sophisticated and delicious, but it can be made in the time it takes for the ball to drop!

Happy New Year to all!

The Ball Dropper

1/2 oz gin

1 oz fresh orange juice

1 oz After Dark, chilled

Generous dash of Campari

4 oz champagne, chilled

Simple syrup, to taste

Twists of lemon and orange peel (garnish)

Pour the Campari, gin, tea and orange juice into a flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with lemon and orange twists.