Booze

Drink of the Week

Everyone knows you can't ring in the new year without popping the tops off several magnums of champagne. But if you prefer your bubbly mixed with a little hard stuff, Rhino serves up champagne cocktails that should add buzz to your big night. La Playa ($9), made with Bacardi O, Bacardi Tropico, champagne and cranberry juice and garnished with a cherry, is a hot-pink drink with tropical aspirations that will put some groove in your dance-floor moves. A close contender is the Le Francais martini ($9), a bright-blue mix of champagne, Bombay Sapphire, Blue Curaao and Grand Marnier. (Warning: If you want to remember the ball dropping, steer clear of this gin-soaked party treat.)

With its cosmic stardust murals, DJs spinning hip tunes, noisemakers and confetti galore, Rhino will be celebrating New Year's Eve with style -- and getting 2003 off to a hell of a good start. Ten, nine, eight....

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Julie Dunn
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