If you are making one last run to the grocery store this year, be sure to pick up some blackberries, thyme and lemon to add to your champs so that you can craft this sweet & sassy Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail to toast to the New Year!
A friend introduced me to this terrific recipe from the Anthro Blog and we served it at the MLIP evening at Juliska back in November. The recipe is included in the “Holiday Entertaining Guide” that I put together for the event.
If you don’t happen to sleep with a dogeared copy of the guide under your pillow – rest assured – you can find the recipe at the end of this post. At Juliska, we served the cocktail in these tempting tumblers that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! (and, they make great hostess gifts!)
We also offered a non-alcoholic interpretation of the drink in this fab beverage dispenser. You can easily modify this recipe by subbing club soda for champagne — similar to the “No Heat-o” that we made this summer.
Finally, no New Year’s cocktail is complete without a proper toast. As such, I would like to take this moment to introduce you to my late grandfather’s tradition of inventing a little jingle to usher in the coming year (said jingle can easily double as a toast in a pinch). Example: “Find your slice of heaven in 2007!” or “Livin’ the dream in 2013!” These jingles tend to get more amusing and inventive with each cocktail consumed. So far, all I’ve got for the New Year is: “Live like the Queen in 2014!” Or, maybe: “Buy McQueen in 2014?!?” Please let me know what you come up with…
In the mean time, Happy New Year and thank you for reading. See you on the flip side.
BLACKBERRY THYME CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 bottle chilled champagne
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 bunch fresh thyme (keep a few sprigs separate for garnish)
1/2 lemon, juiced
First, make thyme simple syrup by bringing the sugar, water and thyme to boil in a small saucepan. Remove the syrup from heat and let steep for 20 minutes, then remove the thyme and discard. Stir in fresh lemon juice and let cool completely.
Divide the syrup among 6 glasses with the blackberries and stir, breaking up the berries a bit and letting the juice mingle with the syrup. Add ice and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh thyme.
Photos: CT, Anthro Blog, NM. Recipe from Anthro Blog.
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