Isn’t too much of a good thing what New Year’s Eve is all about? When Ms. S&C likes something, she kinda gets all consumed by it. Take Duffy’s Rockferry album for instance. Once she got it for her b-day, it was in heavy rotation on her Ipod for weeks. Everyday on the metro, she would listen to the whole album beginning to end (she’s usually a shuffle kind-of a girl). Now that the Duffy newness has worn off, she’s moved on to T.I’s Whatever You Like. Damn, that song is catchy. And, let me tell you — it made the metro ride to work today at least bearable. The first day back after the holidays is the pits. Absolute. Pits.
Ms. S&C’s obsession fascination with punch has lasted a lot longer (yes, it made the 2008 Year in Review list). When given the opportunity to make a holiday cocktail for LKO’s New Year’s Eve party, she could not resist. Taking cues from the autumn spiced punch and LC’s champagne punch, we came up with this delicious Shoes & Cocktails exclusive — a sparkling cherry punch! This drink’s bright, festive color make it a perfect holiday cocktail. It was a splendid way to start off the night!
After recently trying a Ritz Cocktail with maraschino liqueur, I knew I wanted to use cherry liquor in something, so I replaced the apricot brandy from the champagne punch. And, I feel like if you are going to go through the trouble of making simple syrup yourself, you might as well infuse it with something. I made this simple syrup with cranberries mainly because I had a leftover bag of them in the freezer, but also because I wanted something with the deep red color (I thought more cherries in the syrup may be an overload on cherry flavor). The frozen cherries were a delicious little surprise at the bottom of the cup, and they helped keep the punch cold.
Sparkling Cherry Punch
- 4 bottles of champagne
- 2 bottles of white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
- 8 oz. cranberry infused simple syrup (see ingredients and directions below)
- 8 oz. cherry brandy
- 1 bag of frozen pitted cherries
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Stir. Easy schmeasy!
Simple Syrup Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 bag frozen cranberries
Simple Syrup Directions:
It is recommended that you make the simple syrup a day in advance to maximize the cranberry flavor. Combine water, sugar, and cranberries in a saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Cover and chill for 12-24 hours. Strain bits of cranberry from the syrup.
S&C wants to know: What fun, festive drinks did you have to ring in the new year? Share your NYE drinks below!