What Are You Doing New Year’s…New Year’s Eve?

When the bells all ring

And the horns all blow

And the couples we know

Are fondly kissing…..

Wonder what drink

You will be holding tight

When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night?

Maybe I’m crazy (or giddy with bubbly) to suppose

Out of all the cocktails you’ll receive

Champagne Mojitos be the one you chose…

Rum, lime and mint, a Mojito is one of my favorite summertime refreshing cocktails.  Normally topped with sparkling, fizzy club soda, Champagne becomes the next best substitute!  I’d not recommend Dom Perignon, but a nice priced Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine would do just fine. 

May you all have good health, happines, love and joy in the New Year!  Cheers!

Champagne Mojitos

Makes a pitcher enough to serve 12

For the simple sugar:*

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup water

(* or use ½ cup agave syrup)

For the champagne cocktail:

1 ½ cups packed mint leaves, plus additional for garnish

6 limes, cut into wedges

2 cups light rum (or a flavored rum such as mango)

Cracked ice

3 cups Champagne or sparkling wine

To make the simple sugar:  in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Cool to room temperature.  Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

To make the Champagne cocktail:  In a large pitcher combine the simple sugar or agave with the mint leaves and lime wedges, muddle well with a wooden spoon.  Add the rum and stir well.  Strain the drink into another pitcher.  The pitcher can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated overnight.  When ready to serve, fill tall champagne classes with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling about 2/3 full.  Top with champagne, garnish with mint springs and serve.

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine; Lyrics adapted from Frank Loesser,  “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

41 thoughts on “What Are You Doing New Year’s…New Year’s Eve?

  1. Pretty presentation! I like how you added fresh mint!
    We are staying home with the kids, most likely making a nice dinner and some fun dessert for the kids. If I can get my sister and brother-in-law over w/ their kids, I’m hoping we can have a wii bowling night! Have a w onderful new year!

  2. Love this combination! Mojitas are my favorite drink, no matter what the season and the Champagne version is an ingenious way to make it extra festive for New Year’s Eve. This New Year’s Eve I will unfortunately be taking care of my Hubby who has torn a adductor muscle on Christmas. We are awaiting surgery to fix it. Maybe I will make us both this drink so we can still toast in some new, wonderful days ahead!

    1. See, I knew we’d get along just fine…we like the same cocktails!! Wow, so sorry to hear about your husband, has to be very painful. Possible a little cocktail or two will help!

  3. What a great photo of, what sounds like, a great cocktail! I’ll be going to a friend’s annual NYE dinner party. It’s a leisurely affair, timed so that dessert is served at mid-night. It’s a great way to start the year. I hope 2012 is a great year for you, Lynda, your family, and friends. Happy New Year!

  4. We´ll be having a romantic dinner at home and eating our 12 grapes on the 12 bongs, but I think we´ll have to make a jug of these too…either that or turn up at yours! PS. Love the photo and as for those gorgeous tiles…..

  5. Love the lyrics! Someone is clearly already in the mood for a festive New Year celebration. This is the first recipe for a cocktail I encounter as I “leaf through” Blog articles for an afternoon of inspiration… and Granny does not even drink, but this sounds like the perfect accompaniment for a New Year toast. Wishing you a magical evening and an equally magical New Year!

  6. Ahh, New Year’s Eve…
    We’ll be home, with a small bottle of champagne, a bit of caviar – yes, really. It’s only once a year! – and some good cheese and crostini…After we get Angel Face into bed, that is!
    Happy New Year, Linda!

  7. I love Champagne and I also like Mojitos. This sounds like a great combination. Love your poem by the way. I couldn’t get mine to print in the middle of the page no matter what I tried. WordPress kept doing strange things…oh well. We will be staying home…crab cakes, lobster pot pie, and cannoli. Have a wonderful New Year!

  8. A wonderful drink for a special occasion – looks refreshing… perhaps a little *too* refreshing given the temperature up here in the north of Sweden, but I guess one could drink it inside 😉

    Happy New Year Linda 🙂

  9. What an extraordinary cocktail! I love mojito and I might even find somewhere a not-so-good bottle of champagne… Thank you for this excellent idea! Happy New Year!

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