I think the days following January 1st should have a disclaimer that reads “Don’t operate any heavy machinery today”. Ugh. The excitement level has dropped about 20 notches, our wallets are a lighter, our tummies heavier (or mine anyway) – back to work, back to reality, back to winter in New England (or in whatever area of the world you’re in – although summer’s just starting for you other side of the world’ers – jealous)
BUT on the bright side, it’s a brand new year! So many opportunities & new experiences to get excited about – so while the letdown is inevitable, my mind is turning to all the great new things that 2013 will bring. As Anne of Green Gables always used to say “Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it”, and a new year is just the same (minus the mistake already made of eating Five Guys for dinner last night – BAD idea – even my forgiving stretchy pants are feeling a little snug today)
I know NYE is already a thing of the past, but I have to share a delicious cocktail concoction that I made to ring in the new year. A combination of Pomegranate juice, Domaine de Canton (ginger liquor) and a few other goodies, topped with a splash of bubbly – the perfect libation to end a nearly perfect 2012!
Ginger Pomegranate Sparkler
*yields about 8-10 6oz servings
1 cup Pomegranate Juice
(You could also use cranberry juice or a cran/pomegranate mixture)
1 cup Domaine de Canton (ginger liquor)
Juice of 1 large lime or 2 small ones
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup brandy
1) In a glass pitcher, combine all ingredients except the Prosecco and let chill for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
2) Once mixture has chilled to your liking, fill 1/2 a champagne flute with the Pom/Ginger mixture and top the rest off with Prosecco. Feel free to adjust the juice to prosecco ratio, putting more or less of each. But the 1/2 and 1/2 combination will yield about 10 servings (if served in champagne flutes, which usually hold about 6 ounces).
Yum. A bit on the boozy side yes, but New Year’s eve is special and deserves a stiff cocktail that’s pink and has bubbles