While most of us are still getting over our overindulgent Christmas celebrations, it is time to start thinking about celebrating New Years Eve. New Years Eve tends to be a time for reflecting back on the past year (2012 was quite a roller coaster ride for me with a few lows but plenty of highs), remembering everything I have to be grateful for and looking forward to what lies ahead. For me, it also tends to be a time shared with friends, while Christmas is focused around spending quality time with family.
To help get you in a celebratory mood, I wanted to share this cocktail recipe with you. Nothing says celebration quite like the sound of a champagne cork popping (or in Australia, locally produced sparkling wine). For a delicious, affordable Australian sparkling wine, I recommend Yellowglen Cremant.
This drink combines the fizz of sparkling wine with the summer flavours of mint and passionfruit. I normally use Lemoncello, an Italian lemon liquor in this recipe, but my favourite local bottle shop Kemneys was all out, so I improvised and used Cointreau instead. You could use any citrus flavoured liquor you have available.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
- 125mls ruby red grapefruit (zest before juicing, if you want to include zest in your recipe)
- 125mls Cointreau, Lemoncello or citrus liquor
- 5 passionfruit
- 20 mint leaves
- Sparkling wine or champagne
- Zest the grapefruit if you are adding zest to your recipe for extra citrus tang
- Juice the grapefruit, and add 125mls to a container with the zest
- Cut the passionfruit in half, and scrape the seeds and juice into the container
- Add the Cointreau or Lemoncello
- Finely chop the mint and add to the punch mix
- Stir your punch mix to combine, then freeze. Because of the high alcohol content the punch mix won’t freeze firm and you will end up with a slushy icy mix.
- When ready to serve, spoon a generous amount of your icy punch mix into a champagne glass, and top with sparking wine or champagne. Your sparkling punch cocktail is ready to serve. Enjoy.
What is your favourite New Years Eve ritual? Has this post inspired any new ideas?