Tonight is NewYear’s Eve! Tonight you may be clinking glasses together family and friends, and if your home is filled with kids, it’s nice to have an elegant alternate that the whole family can enjoy.
The idea of floating fresh fruit in a clear sparkling drink, served in a flute glass isn’t new. But it is an elegant way to celebrate new year. You can find recipes using champagne, sparkling wine and flavoured spirits bubbling in glasses on Pinterest, blogs and Facebook. Finewine’s and good spirits has their sparkling creation at the top of their new years cocktail list. Punchbowl.com shows a beautiful image of champagne being poured over raspberries on their page about New Year’s Champagne Cocktails.
Adding fruit jelly or preserves isn’t either. OSoSexy’s online magazine gives a recipe for a Cherry Berry Delight using raspberries both fresh and preserved with cherry infused spirits.
While you can often buy sparkling non-alcoholic ciders and wines to share with family of all ages, I wanted to offer something that added a hint of mixology and elegance not found in a bottled drink.
- 1 oz raspberry jelly
- 1/4 lime squeezed (cut into two wedges)
- 1 tbsp fine white sugar
- Club soda (4 oz)
- Fresh Raspberry
Measure jelly into bottom of flute glass. Fill flute glass with ice and top with few raspberries.
Squeeze lime into cocktail mixer and drop fruit in after. Top with sugar and muddle to blend flavours further. Add ice and soda water and shake. Pour over ice in flute glass adding more soda water to fill if necessary. Serve with stir stick to mix.
Stir before drinking.
I created this recipe originally to look cool. The idea was to imitate he champagnes and I wanted something elegant for my blog banner. Later I perfected this, having an abundance of raspberry jelly left after my halloween drink creations. In november a friend showed me a video using limes and sugar with Cachaca (a spirit made with sugar cane) and I refined this further to make the drink for our New Year’s Party. My kids loved this in all it’s forms.
Kid-o-metre 5/5 Yup.
Taste: 5/5 Refined and sweet.
Simplicity: 4/5 The jelly takes a bit to make, but the rest is a breeze.
Ingredient finding: 5/5 no fancy ingredinents required.