What are you doing in Auburn this New Years Eve?
The Holiday Spiced Cranberry martini
12 ounces cranberries
1 ½ cup sugar
4 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested
2 ounces mandarin vodka
½ ounce St. Germain liqueur
2 ounces water
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Let rest for 10 minutes.
Remove cinnamon Sticks. Puree cranberry mixture in food processor or blender. Strain and chill.
Pour in glass:
1 ½ ounces cranberry puree
1 ½ ounces mandarin vodka ½ ounce St. Germain liqueur
~ Contributed by The Club Car mixologist Alison Crouson
As the classic song asks — and we scramble to answer each year — there are a number of things to do this New Year’s Eve right here in Auburn.
I sat down with three local tavern owners and talked about their night’s festivities to ring in the start of 2013.
First up is Ty Rowe, owner of Bootleggers in Old Town Auburn. Rowe is serving up the classic romantic evening with dishes that include surf and turf, lobster tail, duck, smoked prime rib and beef Wellington. They are not open until midnight, however, but there will be live music, a fire, and champagne cocktails will be served. Rowe pointed out, next to Mother’s Day, this one of their busiest nights. Reservations are required.
Moving into the downtown area you will find the Club Car. A popular bar and restaurant, the Club car is celebrating their 9th New Year’s Eve this year.
“We’re a one stop party,” said owner Sarah Sanders-Nolivo.
The Club car will have a four-course dinner, ranging in price from $40-60 per person, that includes swordfish, lobster tail and filets. Local band Jamal Walker and The Loose Change Band will be playing jazz. There will be a balloon drop and champagne toast. Again, reservations are required.
Also downtown is perennial favorite pub, Pistol Pete’s. Owner Pete Aroz is providing a much more casual affair. The cover charge will be low but Pete will be providing champagne and party favors. Rob “Town” Bingham will be spinning a wide range of music, from house to rock to country. Specialty cocktails, like the Mayan margaritas, S’mores (in a cocktail glass not on a stick!) and Hard Cider will be served as well. Both Pistol Pete’s and Club Car are open until 2 a.m.
Now I would be remiss if I did not point out that it’s a must to designate a driver or plan an alternate way to get home, like in a cab. Locally, there is Sierra Cab and Macy Transport. You can rent a limo, like Jay Limo, or if you must, call someone. Buses are running New Year’s Eve, but not New Year’s Day.
Please do not drive after drinking. I spoke with the CHP and New Year’s is considered a “Maximum Enforcement Period.” Last year in California, 25 people lost their lives and nearly 1,000 persons were arrested for driving under the influence. If you see a drunk driver, call 911. You may very well save someone’s life by doing so; maybe theirs or yours.
Ring in the New Year by going out with friends at a pub or staying inside with loved ones to watch the ball drop. However you choose to spend it, have a happy New Year. Stay safe.