A New Year’s Champagne Cocktail and 25 Dishes from Different Blogs…

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New Year… Yes, it’s about to arrive!!! Let’s cheer drinking a delicious Champagne Cocktail!!!

In Brazil, preparation for this celebration starts on the morning of December 31, and only ends with the fireworks that take place at midnight. The fireworks last about half an hour, and while they occur, people make their New Year’s wishes. Champagne or champagne cocktail is the ideal drink to celebrate such an important occasion.

I still remember from when I lived there my people’s excitement, their bright eyes full of hope for a new beginning and what it would bring them…

I still remember their offerings to Iemanjá  on the beach…  For those who don’t know, Iemanjá in Brazil is considered to be the Goddess of the Sea and Mother of Waters.  Thus, on New Year’s Eve, a boat loaded with gifts, flowers, jewelry, perfume and rice, is put out to the sea as an offering to lemanjá, asking her to bless our people and also thanking her for past favors, as colored candles float in water and give a splendid view of the moment.

Ah, I also still remember the good luck rituals, such as eating lentils and rice, which are believed to bring prosperity and good luck for the new year… the overflowing dinner tables and the flutes filled with champagne or cocktails made from it… the white clothing which is worn for good luck and peace… and the many musical shows and other performances that take place — including local Brazilian artists who play traditional Brazilian rythms as samba, frevo, pagode, forró, and axé… Because that is the way that many Brazilians celebrate their New Year’s Eve, popular known as Reveillon.

How about yourself?  What is your tradition?

Wherever you are in the globe, I hope you celebrate your New Year in the company of your loved ones, enjoying one (or even better, many) of the 25 dishes from this international menu below.  You know how much I do appreciate diversity!!!  The thing is, whatever dish(es) you choose, it is sure to brighten up your table.  Instead of featuring solely my own dishes today (which are already numerous enough to fill up that list), I preferred to share the space today with other bloggers who, like myself, work happily but arduously the whole year round to offer you the best.  Some of them I already consider as friends, while others I am just an admirer from afar. This is my way of thanking each one of them for pouring out their soul in the kitchen.  It is also a way to thank you for all the support that you have given me/us.

I wish you a very blessed new year.  May this be your year…

Happy New Year!!!

Cheers with our Champagne cocktail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xx

 

New Year's Champagne Cocktail

A New Year's Champagne Cocktail
 
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Recipe of a scrumptious and refreshing champagne cocktail to celebrate New Year!
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon red currant syrup
  • 8 ounces (236.5 ml) fresh orange juice
  • 4 ounces (118 ml) Brut champagne (or sparkling cider, for a non-alcoholic version)
Instructions
  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of the red currant syrup into each cocktail flute and swirl around. Then, mix both the orange juice and champagne and fill the flutes. Decorate champagne cocktail and enjoy!!!

 

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Enjoy!

New Year's Champagne Cocktail

 

** The image of fireworks is from Students of the World.

 

 

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17 Responses to A New Year’s Champagne Cocktail and 25 Dishes from Different Blogs…

  1. Mi Vida en un Dulce 27 December, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Traditions, traditions..New Year celebration is not a real family celebration, most of the people choice to go to a fancy party to be in the countdown. Of course that means a lot to drink, a lot to eat and a lot of dance. But if you decide to be at home, there are a lot of things to do at 0:00: eat 12 grapes, run around the street block with a bag, have lentils in the pocket, and of course, a lot of fireworks.
    Happy New Year Denise…!!!

    • Denise Browning 27 December, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Happy new year, dear Nydia! May your celebration be a very happy one…

  2. Vijay from NoshOnIt 27 December, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks for including the Acorda de Mariscos recipe we featured from Eat, Play, Love! It’s wonderful to be included with such other great blogs and recipes!

    • Denise Browning 27 December, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      We’re welcome, Vijay!!! My pleasure…
      That recipe is a winner. As a decedent of Portugueses, it made me proud besides looking very appetizing.
      Happy new year to you and everyone else from Nosh.On.It!!!

  3. Luciana 27 December, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Feliz Ano Novo Denise!
    Fiquei muito feliz em ver meu bolo no seu New Year’s menu. Obrigada!
    beijinhos

    • Denise Browning 27 December, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      De nada, Luciana! Foi um prazer!!!! Feliz Ano Novo…

  4. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com 27 December, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Thank you Denise for featuring my recipe! Your other selections are lovely! I especially loved the sugar peony and chocolate cake!

    • Denise Browning 28 December, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      My pleasure, Julia! Wishing you a very happy new year… xx

  5. Nami | Just One Cookbook 29 December, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Hi Denise! Thank you so much for including my Cucumber Wrapped Sushi in this wonderful collection! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

    • Denise Browning 29 December, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      We’re welcome, Nami! When I saw your cucumber wrapped sushi, I thought that it’d be perfect for my New Year’s menu. Besides beautiful and colorful, it contains rice which my people links to luck. Happy New Year to you too!!

  6. Ana Sofia 2 January, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Feliz Ano Novo!!!

    • Denise Browning 2 January, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Obrigada, Sofia! Feliz Ano Novo para você também!!!

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