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

December 29, 2011

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 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2011 9:38 am

    For NYE I’m going to a tapas place… and I really hope they serve these!

    • December 29, 2011 2:30 pm

      Oooh, I love tapa bars! I always prefer mini meals over ordering a full dinner. Have a great time!

  2. December 29, 2011 10:03 am

    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!

    • December 29, 2011 2:30 pm

      That really sounds like fun Lisa! I remember many New Year’s Eves playing with the kids – they were some of the best nights!

  3. December 29, 2011 10:25 am

    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!

    • December 29, 2011 2:32 pm

      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!

  4. December 29, 2011 10:36 am

    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!

    • December 29, 2011 2:33 pm

      I like that dessert timing idea! Enjoy your New Years Eve and all the best for the coming year!!

  5. December 29, 2011 10:38 am

    Lovely though I eschew the mint. I hope to have a quiet night with my beloved, eating seafood and drinking champagne!

    Happy New Year to you!

    • December 29, 2011 2:34 pm

      Happy New Year David, sounds like a cozy, wonderful night you have planned!!

  6. December 29, 2011 11:43 am

    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…..

    • December 29, 2011 2:37 pm

      Staying in for a romantic dinner is so much better than noisy, crowded restaurants!! You and Big Man enjoy your night and have a very happy New Year!!

  7. December 29, 2011 12:11 pm

    Wow, I know Katherine’s planning something at home, but not sure what. I know it will involve champagne. This drink is genius.

    • December 29, 2011 2:39 pm

      Sounds like Katherine will be surprsing you…possibly a romantic dinner like Tanya is planning!! Regardless, it is a night for champagne! Happy New Years to you both!

  8. December 29, 2011 2:12 pm

    I’ll be in the middle of a movie marathon with my boyfriend, but I”m sure there will be a kiss at midnight involved!

  9. December 29, 2011 2:39 pm

    How cute!! I love hearing about everyone’s plans for the night!!

  10. December 29, 2011 2:51 pm

    I love mojitos. What a fun idea to make them with champagne. I want to party at your house!

    • December 30, 2011 8:42 am

      Come on over!! We’ll have some of your appetizers and have a great time!!

  11. December 29, 2011 3:55 pm

    a fabulous idea! Champagne and Mojitos are two of my favourite drinks, and combined in one glass, perfect:) Happy New Year!

  12. December 29, 2011 4:47 pm

    I’ve already done my New Year’s partying in NYC and DC over the past weeks, so I’ll have one of these drinks and head to bed at 9pm. :-)

    Happy New Years!

    • December 30, 2011 8:40 am

      Happy New Year to you as well! Skipping it all and going to bed early also sounds like a nice idea…especially after a month full of holiday partying you have had!!

  13. December 29, 2011 10:46 pm

    Linda you are making my holidays fantastic! This will be on our New Year’s Eve drink menu. :) Happy New Year to you as well. Cheers!

    • December 30, 2011 8:41 am

      I feel like I’ve been a part of your holiday’s and that is such a nice feeling!! Happy New Year!

  14. December 29, 2011 11:07 pm

    Sold! This sounds so refreshing and invigorating–perfect to lend some sparkle to the sparkly for the start of a new year. :)

    • December 30, 2011 8:43 am

      It truly is a refreshing cocktail with a classy spin! I hope you enjoy it!

  15. December 30, 2011 2:22 am

    I am definitely not a drinker but these champagne mojitos might make me start. They look delicious. I think everyone will love these. I hope you enjoy your New Years :)

  16. December 30, 2011 10:51 am

    i love how simply and light this is! :) happy early new year linda!

  17. December 30, 2011 12:55 pm

    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!

  18. December 30, 2011 2:11 pm

    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!

  19. December 30, 2011 2:29 pm

    Great share! If I only drank!

  20. December 30, 2011 5:44 pm

    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!

  21. December 30, 2011 6:07 pm

    Linda…, OMG, you’ve managed to combine my two favourite drinks into one. I think I love you!! :)

    Happy New Year Linda!

  22. December 30, 2011 7:17 pm

    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 :)

  23. December 31, 2011 9:35 am

    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!

  24. December 31, 2011 6:09 pm

    I know what I will be having tonight and maybe even tomorrow night too:) LOL!

  25. January 8, 2012 6:36 pm

    Just found this in my unread emails. This looks and sounds delicious. Champagne is my favorite wine and rum nearly my favorite spirit (after single malt Scotch). I love mint. I love lime.


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