Looking for a perfect New Year’s Eve punch recipe or a celebratory cocktail or two? Here are perfect recipes to kick off 2019, from bubbly and fruity to ‘champagne’ on a budget.
Pomegranate thyme bubbly rose
Rosé is light and fruity, and has been enjoyed since ancient times, as those from yesteryear felt classic red wine was a bit too harsh. These days, you’ll find that a quality rosé is still a great accompaniment to a meal, especially if you enjoy seafood, and it also makes for a terrific New Year’s drink. This inventive cocktail is a rosé with a bit of flourish, thanks to the addition of the secret ingredient — a syrup made from an infusion of pomegranate seeds and fresh thyme.
Nothing feels quite as festive as raising a cheerful toast with an elegant flute of bubbly, but good champagne can be pricey. Our sweet and fruity faux champagne is the ideal celebratory alternative. It’s not only delicious, but, with only three simple ingredients, is also much more affordable than champagne or sparkling wine.
You can whip this up in just a few minutes for impromptu get-togethers, and it’s suitable for guests of all ages. This is an ideal drink for a toasting beverage for kids on New Year’s Eve, or an option for those who don’t indulge in alcohol but want something more special than humdrum cola or water.
If you want to save a few calories, try using diet ginger ale and your favorite sugar-free drink mix or some flavored sparkling water.
Cranberry cava cocktail
If you love a good sparkling wine but want to keep within budget, look no further than cava, a wine that hails from Spain and is often less expensive than champagne and its Italian counterpart, prosecco.
Cava is sweeter than champagne and drier than prosecco, but you can play up its flavor with the addition of cranberries. Not only does cava up the fancy factor of your flutes (with the addition of sugared cranberries and mint leaves), it’s a refreshing twist on a delicious drink.