So tomorrow is New Year’s Eve already. Where does the time go? I am looking forward to a night in with friends. I won’t say quiet because with our three boys and another two boys it will be extremely loud! We will have fun though, we always do.
One off the couples coming got married just weeks after us. They had their first son weeks after we had our first son. My husband worked with both of them back in Indiana before everyone eventually moved here. There is a history. When we get together we have fun and enjoy a drink or two. We have come up with some interesting concoctions!
Over the past couple days I tried to come up with a new champagne cocktail. I love cranberry and orange together so that is the flavor combination I went for.
A couple months ago I made some orangecello. After spending time in Italy my husband and I developed a taste for Limoncello. When I came across an orange version I simply had to make it. It is a sweet liqueur that is great by itself in the evening, well chilled from the freezer. Clearly, not everyone has this so you could try using another orange liqueur such as Triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau. The sparkling cranberry juice is a perfect match and the champagne helps cut the sweetness. I certainly enjoyed it, as did my husband. Obviously the boys were unable to give this their seal of approval! Enjoy and Happy New Year!
For a great liqueur recipe head on over to from the Bartolini Kitchens. In a moment of cosmic blogging John posted a recipe for a “cello” using blood oranges that would be perfect for this. I follow his blog and everything is phenomenal so check it out!
Pour the orangecello and juice in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add enough champagne to fill the glass. Garnish with cranberries and orange rind and enjoy!
Yields one serving