This year we have two parties leading up to New Year’s, then a blissful clear calendar on the 31st. I’m so looking forward to a non-hyped quiet night in, especially after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The visiting -and feasting- has been wonderful, and I’ve been thrilled to host out-of-town family for a week, but Danny and I are very ready to put our feet up and exhale in a quiet house.
Last year we organized to have baby sitter, then bundled up (why is NYE always freezing?) and had a great evening out with friends, but I’m hesitant to leave Clara this year – or maybe I’m just using her as an excuse to stay in! Either way, we’re staying cozy this New Year’s Eve.
Danny’s stashed a bottle of champagne for midnight and I’m planning fondue for two and mini tourtière hand pies. In the meantime, though, we’ll be sipping on a dark and fruity winter sangria and nibbling maple spiced nuts as the hours count down.
I’m fond of a white summer sangria, flavored with sweet strawberries and honeydew, but this dark and delicious winter sangria rivals its summer counterpart. It’s perfumed with clementines and sliced pears, and garnished prettily with fresh pomegranate arils. It’s lovely served with a straw so you can sip and scoop up the wine-infused fruits.
This fruity winter sangria with citrus & pomegranate makes a great big batch, so you’re all set if you are entertaining on New Year’s Eve. It also keeps for a few days in the refrigerator, so if you don’t finish your pitcher, you can brighten it up with some sparkling water and serve it for New Year’s Day Brunch.
|Winter Sangria with citrus & pomegranate||
- 1 pear, washed, seeded and sliced
- 4 clementines, washed and sliced thinly
- 1 apple, washed, seeded and sliced
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bottle red wine
- 3 cups pomegranate juice OR
- elderflower cordial (not both)
- 1 cup orange juice, ideally freshly squeezed
- ginger ale or club soda for serving
- ice cubes
- In the bottom of a large glass pitcher or gallon jar, combine sliced fruit and pomegranate.
- Sprinkle with cane sugar and toss in the cinnamon stick.
- Pour the red wine and the fruit juices over the fruit.
- Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- To serve, remove cinnamon stick, and pour over ice into glasses. Top with ginger ale or club soda to taste. Garnish with more pomegranate arils if desired.
If you’re hosting friends or family on the 31st, be sure to check out my ideas in the post 8 Fun & Simple Ways to Entertain on New Year’s Eve.
And if you are ringing in the new year with kids, these Pomegranate Sparklers are a simple, festive drink for all ages.
Have a safe and very happy New Year’s Eve!
What is your drink of choice to bring in the new year?