We’re down to the final hours, 2012 is really just moments away. I’m ringing in the New Year in Portland, Maine. The working port is just outside my apartment window, the ferries chugging back and forth between some of the prettiest islands in all of the States, in my humble opinion. But it’s too cold to be out on the ferry. I far prefer sorting through pretty sparkling cocktail photos and sharing just one last recipe before we officially bid adieu to 2011.
If your fridge hosts a bottle of bubbles and a jar of jam, this drink practically makes itself! I have shelves and shelves full of homemade jams and actually just made a huge batch of three fruit marmalade (packed with grapefruits, lemons, oranges and several ounces of Spanish Cava). I call it my Christmas marmalade because that’s the only day of December when I had the time to make up 16 half-pint jars. Yes, I am totally tired.
You don’t have to use homemade jam, the store bought stuff will do well. Just add a teaspoon to a glass, or in this case, a pretty jam jar, and fill with bubbles. I tend to drink all my beverages in jam jars these days; I love the double duty they perform as simple vessel for liquid refreshment and reliable preserving container.
Whisk or stir gently and your New Year’s Eve celebration cocktail is ready. I love setting out a few jars of jam, glasses, spoons and a whisk, and inviting my guests to make up their desired sparkling drink. I used Prosecco for my creation, but you could opt to use Champagne or even Cava.
Until we meet again in 2012, we wish you a happy happy new year!
Sparkling Jam Cocktail
- 1 teaspoon of jam
- 4 ounces of chilled sparkling wine
- Add jam to a glass. Pour in sparkling wine. Whisk or stir gently.
- Serve and repeat!
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