The occasion merits the proper amount of glamour and gravitas. And a fine spirit to go with it.
No matter how you choose to ring in the new year – with boisterous exuberance or quiet elegance – a cocktail is nearly compulsory. We’ve got a few ideas of how best to toast 2014.
Sparkling wine is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, and you can up the ante with a bubbly that Kate and William themselves may be drinking. A favorite of the British royals, the South Ridge Cuvée Merret 2009 from England has all elegance of top-notch Champagne. In fact, this family-owned estate recently won a coveted Decanter international trophy.
We recommend drinking this fine, vintage fizz from a glass worthy of the occasion. The Crystallized Champagne Glass from Isabella Adams and Princess Champagne Flute both shimmer like fine jewelry with hand-applied crystals.
To please a crowd without spending all night tending bar, try a trendy punch. We like the Sparkling Pomegranate Punch from our friends at Food & Wine. It’s bubbly. It’s sweet. It’s tart. It combines sparkling wine, sweet wine and crimson pomegranate juice.
And, what would a party be without a Cosmopolitan? Yes, it’s been around, yet women still love this martini. It’s tasty, it’s pretty and it packs a punch. It’s simple to make, too. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1.5 oz. cranberry juice, a jigger of vodka, ½ ounce of triple sec or Cointreau, a splash of lime juice and lots of ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a snazzy martini glass. Garnish with a twist of and enjoy!
No matter how you celebrate, welcome in the New Year with a drink that is as laudable as the night itself.