If you’re at home this New Year’s Eve, lucky you.  So many people wish to be in your shoes, more than you think.  Most people are entering a spending freeze at this time and are generally less interested in NYE than they let on.  They have to go buy an outfit and shoes, wait for an hour to be seated at a restaurant, and then pretend to be interested in the midnight hour…oh and find someone to kiss of course….which can be awkward and sloppy.   Whether you’re at home to co-exist with a sleeping baby, or waiting up for your 20-somethings to arrive back in one piece, or have bravely decided you cannot come to terms with going out this year, there is still a small celebration to be had.

We make Limoncello (LIM-un-CHELL-oh) almost every year, just after Thanksgiving.  Limoncello  is an Italian lemon liqueur from the Ligurian coast and also from South Italy.  It’s a sweet lemon flavor, so you won’t feel the typical pucker from lemons.  But it will kick your butt…and will get your friends drizzunk for the Holidays.  Drink cautiously.  I found the recipe years ago and I’ve been using the same recipe ever since.   The instructions are absolutely perfect.  7-UP, sparkling wine, or sparking water are ideal mixers.

You can also infuse the syrup with something like Basil or Thyme.  Simply boil the leaves with the sugar.

Change into PJs, enjoy some Basil Limoncello and artisan cheeses and desserts, organize something in your house, watch fun movies like “Mean Girls” and “Old School”, and then have a PFO (Party-For-One) Dance party to this playlist!  

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New Year’s Eve – 2012

Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Britney Spears – Till the World Ends
Coldplay – Paradise
Cobra Starship – You Make Me Feel
Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Enrique – Tonight I’m Loving You
Enur – Calabria
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Foster the People – Life on the Nickel
Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
Janet Jackson – All Nite (Don’t Stop)
Jay-Z (featuring Alicia Keys) – Empire State of Mind
Katy Perry – E.T.
Kelly Rowland – Motivation
Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying
La Roux – Bullet Proof
LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
MIA – Boyz
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
Muse – Undisclosed Desires
One Republic – Good Life
Sade – Soldier of Love
Seal – Crazy
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
Sonique – It Feels So Good
Spiller – Groove Jet
Télépopmusik – Breathe
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
White Hinterland – Icarus