If ever there were a time to go all out—black tie, tasting menus, crystal flutes—it's New Year's Eve. After all, there's something so indulgent about having one last hurrah, celebrating another year gone by and ushering in the new one with a blowout bash. This holiday season, we're going big, channeling our inner Wolf of Wall Street with a sushi and martini party our friends will remember long after the ball drops. Want to join in on the fun? Here's what to do.
If you're a natural born chef, by all means spend your day in the kitchen whipping up the perfect meal. If you're like the rest of us, call your favorite local restaurant and order a few dishes you know your friends will enjoy. The ultimate party food: sushi. It's bite size, portable finger food, and it's as good looking on the table as it is delicious.
No one does sushi better than Nobu, so we're taking advantage of the restaurant's new catering boxes, which feature a variety of fish and accompanying ingredients. Make a few hand rolls yourself before everyone arrives and set them out in disposable bamboo dishes, then let guests assemble their own throughout the evening. Taku Sato, executive chef at Nobu 57 in New York City, suggests holding a sheet of seaweed flat in your open hand, piling a bit of rice and fish on the diagonal in the left corner of the sheet, then tucking and rolling sushi from that corner outward until you have a perfect hand roll.
It's customary to toast the new year with champagne, but vodka pairs nicely with the fresh flavors found in sushi. We opted for Elit by Stoli, Stolichnaya's premium younger brother, for its clean taste. (Read: it's much smoother than regular vodka thanks to a triple distillation process and a freeze-filtration that makes it easier to remove impurities.)
Global brand ambassador Brent Lamberti uses the spirit as a base for a couple of creative cocktails that are worthy of the holiday. Since citrus is in season right now, Lamberti made a blood-orange martini with fresh juices from the namesake fruit and Pêche de Vigne, a rare French peach that's only available for a short time each year. (You can use white peach instead.) The Shiso Lovely combines fresh lime and yuzu juices, orange-infused dry Curaçao, and a shiso-leaf garnish. Both are delicious, and you can adjust the amounts of juice depending on your preference. Whichever you choose, we say bottoms up!