New Year’s Eve Libations

Dec 31 2012

by Whitney Long

Southern Recipes Posted by Whitney Long.

Some more delish recipes to ring in the New Year!

Pear-Cranberry Champagne

2 cups pear nectar
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
Orange bitters
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine
12 rosemary sprigs
Fresh cranberries

Mix 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part each pear nectar and cranberry juice. Add a dash of orange bitters (optional). Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries.

Spiced Citrus Champagne

1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
Zest of 2 lemons, cut into long strips
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 whole star anise
4 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine

Bring water, honey, lemon zest and juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes. Cool syrup.

Serve each glass of sparkling wine with 1 tablespoon spiced syrup and a splash of orange juice, to taste. Garnish with a slice of star fruit or a lemon twist.

Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne

3 cups pomegranate juice
3 tablespoon sugar
2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
Champagne, or dry sparkling white wine

Boil first 3 ingredients in heavy small saucepan until syrup is reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Cool.

Add 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup and 2 tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with an orange twist.

Enjoy this southern recipe in this collection of our southern cuisine – let’s gather the best southern food ideas for The Southern Coterie cookbook.


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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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