raise your glass

December 30, 2013

Raise your glass to 2014!

cranberry and champagne

Here’s the perfect recipe for your New Year Gathering…

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts brewed cranberry harvest tea {directions on brewing a perfect pitcher can be found here}
  • 8 slices (quarter size and about 1/8 in. thick) peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks {about 3 in. long}
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/3 cup cognac or brandy
  • 8 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine {about 2 2/3 bottles, 750 ml. each}, chilled
  • 32 to 48 fresh cranberries, rinsed {optional, but I love a garnish}

Preparation

  1. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart pan, combine brewed cranberry harvest tea, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Boil over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. Let cool about 30 minutes, then pour through a fine strainer into a small pitcher. Chill syrup until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.
  2. For each serving, pour 2 tablespoons of the cranberry syrup and 1 teaspoon cognac into a Champagne flute {6 to 8oz}. Add 1/2 cup {4oz} Champagne. Garnish with 2 or 3 cranberries if desired.

I love starting new. New shoes. New purse. New calender. New year.

May this year start something new in you. Do you have an idea that you want to flourish? Are you considering a change of pace? Location? Have you waited long enough for {{fill in the blank}}? Let 2014 be the year you see it through. Make it happen. Shake something up.

But first, chill your bubbly, brew your tea, and raise your glass!

xoxo – the tea lady

recipe and photo:: courtesy of MyRecipes

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