Just about every adult on earth knows that New Years can be a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand there's hope, possibility, champagne(!), a chance to reflect and celebrate with friends and family for a united winter holiday; on the other hand, it can mean anxiety, uncertainty, and a little too much pressure to enjoy yourself.
Personally, I'm a fan of New Years, but I think the trick is to keep things low key. No bar hopping or grand outings - just good friends, catchy music, tasty food, and delicious drinks (preferably all under one warm roof). This year we're the ones hosting, so I'm taking the chance to drink exactly what I want.
So, what do I love above all else? The answer is definitively and decidedly PASSIONFRUIT. Mix that with my New Year's drink of choice - champagne (or prosecco) - and you have a match made in heaven. The addition of ginger gives it all a lift, a bit of spice, and balances the cocktail in a wonderful way. Plus, this is an easy one to make non-alcoholic; many people don't drink, but that's no reason to skip out on a special, more festive beverage. Sipping soda from a can gets old, fast, especially when you're the one person doing it, and it's your only option.
If you're worried about finding passionfruit pulp have no fear - so long as you have a Spanish or international grocery store nearby you'll absolutely be able to find it in the frozen section (but you might find it under the name passionfruit puree too). If you don't have access to one of those grocers, just pick up some passionfruit juice; I'm seeing it more and more even in "normal" grocery chains (aka not Whole Foods, though they'll have it too).
Passionfruit Ginger Mimosa
- Champagne or prosecco (preferably dry)
- Passionfruit pulp or juice
- Ginger liqueur, such as Domaine Canton, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, or The King's Ginger*
* You can absolutely substitute ginger syrup here if you don't want to bother with buying an extra bottle of booze. Stirrings Ginger Liqueur is the most affordable of the three options, with The King's Ginger being the most expensive. I just happened to have a bottle of Domaine Canton that's been on the shelf for over a year now, which is why I chose that over ginger syrup.
1. FILL a champagne flute half way with champagne or prosecco (approximately 4 ounces)
2. POUR in 2.5 ounces (aka 2.5 shots) of passionfruit pulp.
3. TOP with 1.5 ounces (aka 1.5 shots) of ginger liqueur.
Passionfruit Ginger Mocktail
- Sparkling apple cider
- 14 oz. (397 g) passion fruit pulp (the size of one average package)
- 1.75 oz. (49 g)* fresh ginger root, peeled
* Once you've chopped the ginger, this should be about 1/3 cup. If you're in doubt, keep your measurement conservative and go for 1/4 cup - ginger is strong and too much will overwhelm the passionfruit!
** This recipe will make enough mixer for about 4.5 mocktails, so adjust accordingly for however many guests you might be expecting.
1. CHOP your ginger into small pieces (don't worry too much about being precise here, it can be a rough chop).
2. COMBINE the passionfruit pulp and chopped ginger in a small sauce pan.
3. HEAT the pan on medium until the mixture comes to a light boil.
4. REDUCE the heat to the lowest possible setting, so that the juice barely simmers.
5. SIMMER very gently for 30 minutes, so that the ginger infuses the passionfruit pulp with it's flavour.
6. STRAIN the mixture so only the juice remains.
7. COOL the infused passionfruit juice completely.
8. FILL half a champagne flute with sparkling apple cider.
9. POUR in 3 ounces (aka 3 shots) of the infused passionfruit juice.