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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

meal ideas ~ beverages for New Years

This being New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be fun to post a couple of Champagne cocktails, since champagne is the beverage of this celebration. I have included a couple of non-alcoholic drinks for those, like me, that do not indulge. And one coffee-with alcohol- night cap. Enjoy your New Year’s celebrations and please be safe. See you next year..... 

Pomegranate Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
2 (750 ml) bottles champagne, chilled
1 cup pomegranate cranberry juice, chilled
1/4 cup triple sec
1 1/2 cups pomegranate seeds

Pour all ingredients except seeds into a pitcher.
Serve in Champagne flutes.
Top with pomegranate seeds.

Grand Champagne
vanilla sugar
Grand Marnier
orange, sliced into thin wedges (Dipped into Grand Marnier)
chilled champagne

 Dip rim of Champange glasses into Grand Marnier then sugar
 Let set.
 Pour in glasses champagne.
 Garnish with Orange Slices.
 Drink And be Merry!

Lemon Champagne Punch

4 (12 ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate
1 1/2 quarts water
2 liters ginger ale, chilled
1 liter sparkling water, chilled
1 (7/8 quart) bottle dry champagne, chilled

 Mix lemonade and water and chill.
 Before serving, add ginger ale and sparkling water and pour over ice cubes in a large punch bowl.
 Pour chilled champagne over punch and stir gently.

Champagne Punch (Non-Alcoholic)
servings: 5

2 liters white grape juice (for a more intense flavour use 2 cans white grape juice frozen concentrate)
1 liter apple juice
2 liters ginger ale
ice, ring
1 liter apple juice (or less) or 1 liter white grape juice (or less)

 The night before, or sooner, place the apple juice in the ice ring mold and fill with water.
 If you want your ice ring to last longer 1/2 the apple juice and the rest water as juice tends to take less time to thaw.
 To serve, mix rest of ingredients in punch bowl and add ice ring.

Fruit Loops (Non-Alcoholic) Cocktail
servings: 1

3 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 dash grenadine

 Mix all ingredients and stir to combine.
 Serve over ice and garnish with a cherry or orange slice if you wish.

Jamaican Coffee
1 ounce dark jamaican rum
1 ounce Kahlua
6 ounces hot coffee
whipped cream
ground allspice

Pour rum and Kahlua into a coffee mug.
Top with hot coffee.

Place a dallop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with ground allspice.

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