3 Festive Mocktails for New Year’s Eve

Jan Scott January 4, 2017
festive mocktails

I’ve been pregnant three times, and each of my pregnancies was in its prime during the Christmas holidays. I found it so hard (okay, in reality I guess it wasn’t that hard) to have to skip out on the celebratory drinks, especially around New Year’s Eve, when I longed to have something special to toast with.

I quickly discovered that I could mimic the taste of champagne with something sparkling, and thus began a season of sampling a variety of fizzy drinks, all of which were made with a few extra special ingredients so I didn’t feel as though I was just downing the bottles of San Pellegrino I keep in my panty on a regular basis. I made sure to serve my mocktails in a fancy gold coupe, or traditional champagne glass, instead the cups I use for water, and they instantly felt more festive. Here are three of my favourite creations

Pomegranate and Pear Party Punch

Here’s how to make this seasonal sip: in a pitcher stir together 1 ¼ cups pomegranate juice, 1 ¼ cups pear nectar, and ¼ cup orange juice. Pour into ice-filled glasses, filling halfway, and top with ginger ale.

Blackberry Sage Sparklers

Combine ½ cup honey and ½ cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Just before it comes to a boil remove from heat and stir well. Add 5 sage leaves and 1 lb. fresh blackberries to the hot honey mixture and stir. Let cool completely. Remove the sage leaves and puree with an immersion blender. Pour the mixture through a sieve to strain. You should have 2 cups of thick syrup. To make the drinks, fill a cup with ice and add a few tablespoons of syrup. Top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh berries and sage leaves.

Honey Vanilla Spritzer (adapted from Martha Stewart)

Combine 2/3 cup honey, ½ cup water and 1 split and scraped vanilla bean in a small saucepan over medium heat. Just before it comes to a boil remove from heat and stir well. Cool completely, and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in ½ cup lime juice, cover and chill. To make a drink, pour ¼ of the honey syrup into an ice filled glass and top with 1 cup of chilled club soda. Garnish with lime edges and serve.

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