The new year is approaching at a rapid pace. All in style with how quickly 2016 has rushed passed. Personally I will be working for New Year's Eve so I shall probably stick with my chamomille tea the evening of the 31st.
However, for those of you looking for something colourful to toast with, I did make these two for x-mas. A sweeter mojito with Persimmon puree and a fresh ginger beery (it is now an adjective ok!!) one with Pomegranate.
Of course, the alcohol can easily be omitted.
And if you lack the "necessary", fancy cocktail tools - solely do a Pippi Longstocking and use what you have at hand. For instance a balloon whisk and a coffee plunger will surely do the job!
CLOUDY PERSIMMON MOJITO
→ 1-2 ripe persimmon fruits
→ a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, cloves + nutmeg
→ 1 tsp vanilla sugar
→ ½ dl sugar
→ 3-5 fresh mint leaves
→ 25 cl rum (opt.)
→ ½ lime, juice of
→ soda water
Dice the persimmon and add to saucepan with spices + sugar; fill up with water just to cover to near cover the fruit. Bring to simmer for 5-or-so minutes until the fruit is softened. Pulse in food processor to smooth puree.
In large glass, muddle fresh mint with lime wedges. Add persimmon puree, lime juice and rum; give a stir before finishing off with ice cubes and fresh mint leaves. Top off with soda water. Decorate with fresh mint leaves, lime wedges and persimmon slices.
For this one you can use a lightly spiced rum or a white one; or simply skip it for a sweet mocktail!
FRESH POMEGRANATE COCKTAIL with GINGER BEER
→ 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
→ ½ lime, juice of
→ 1 tbsp bourbon
→ 2 tsp vanilla syrup
→ ginger beer
Muddle pomegranate seeds then strain + keep the juice. Mix with lime juice, syrup and bourbon before adding to a glass prepared with ice cubes. Pour over desired amount of ginger beer. Decorate with thinly sliced lime and pomegranate seeds.
Alike cooking, I prefer to taste as I go along to see reach an ideal combination of sweet and sour to match my tastebuds. As a rule of thumb you may however start with the double amount juice/puree to your amount of booze - then top up with diluter of choice.
What are you all planning, or not-planning, for new years eve?