Drinks                                New Year Recipes Index

Vanilla Coke

2 ounces vanilla syrup
Coke to fill
Serve in a mason jar over a scoop of ice cream.
Garnish with a cherry and two straws.

A whisper of cinnamon and cloves spices up this warm beverage created in our Test Kitchen. Hand your guests a hot mug as they arrive.

Hot Scarlet Wine Punch

1  32-ounce bottle cranberry juice (4 cups)
1/3  cup packed brown sugar
2  inches stick cinnamon
4  whole cloves
1  750-ml bottle white zinfandel


1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove spices.

2. Add white zinfandel. Heat until just warm. Ladle into mugs or transfer to a warm, heatproof pitcher and pour into mugs. Makes 14 servings.

Note: If you like, substitute 3 1/4 cups white grape juice for the white zinfandel and omit the brown sugar.

Make-Believe Champagne

1  33.8-ounce bottle carbonated water, chilled
1  33.8-ounce bottle ginger ale, chilled
1  24-ounce bottle unsweetened white grape juice, chilled
   Ice cubes or Party Ice Cubes (recipe follows)

In a large pitcher combine carbonated water, ginger ale, and grape juice. Pour over ice cubes in chilled champagne glasses or wine glasses. Serve immediately. Makes about 20 (4-ounce) servings.

For Party Ice Cubes: Place small pieces of fruit (berries or tiny citrus wedges), small sprigs of fresh mint, or 1/2-inch strips of orange peel into the compartments of ice cube trays. Add enough water to fill, then freeze.

Fruity Fruit Shake

1 cup orange juice 
1/2 cup apple juice 
1 ripe banana, peeled 
5 or 6 strawberries 
1 carton (8 ounces) fruit yogurt 
2 teaspoons honey 
4 or 5 ice cubes

In an electric blender, combine orange juice, apple juice, banana, strawberries, yogurt and honey. Process until well combined. Refrigerate until chilled. If you want to drink these drinks right away, then add the ice cubes also when blending.

Frozen Mango Daiquiri

1 ripe mango (about 12 oz) peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped 
1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
2 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar 
3 ice cubes

In blender, combine mango, pineapple juice, lime juice and sugar. Blend on high speed until smooth. Add ice cubes, blend until smooth and slushy. Immediately pour into stemmed glasses and serve. 

New Year Recipes Index