Tomorrow is New Years Eve and what better way to ring in the New Year then with a kiss, a Sparkling Raspberry Kiss Mocktail that is!
If you follow What the Forks for Dinner?, you know that Tim and I are recovering alcoholics. That doesn’t mean we do not want to ring in the New Year with a special drink.
If I had to pick a favorite fruit, it would be raspberries. First off, they are red (most of them) and I am of fan of anything red. Second off, well, they are just a little taste of heaven, juicy and succulent, dripping with ruby red flavor.
When I decided to make a special new Years Eve “mocktail” for us, red raspberries were just the ticket……and I also happened to be walking by a display of them……..they caught my eye.
For special occasions, that would normally call for champagne, we are Sparking White or Red Grape juice lovers. It’s deliciously refreshing with a light, bubbly sensation that “mocks” champagne.
As the toasting drink for our celebration and because New Years Eve calls for sparkly things. I had sparkly sugar from cookie decorating that was perfect to rim the glasses with.Use a pretty fancy glass for special occasions, it just adds to the ambiance.
This recipe starts with a raspberry compote. Fresh red raspberries, a bit of sugar, a touch of lemon, and a bit of vanilla. It was the base for ou our Sparkling Raspberry Kiss Mocktail.
Once the mixture cools, add several tablespoons to the bottom of your sugar-rimmed fancy glass. I also added several fresh berries to the bottom of the glass.
Gently pour the sparkling white grape juice into the glass, garnish with a raspberry on the side, and add a sprig of fresh mint for color.
Toast in the New Year with a loved one and a Sparkling Raspberry Kiss Mocktail!!
Sparkling Raspberry Kiss Mocktail
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 pint raspberries
- 4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice
- Sparkling sugar (the sugar you use to decorate cakes or cookies)
- Mint leaves
- Whole fresh raspberries
- Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the raspberries fall apart and the sauce is thickened, remove from heat. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Or to use right away place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
- To assemble the “mocktail”, dip decorative glasses in the raspberry mixture and then in the stage to rim the glass.(you can use regular sugar if you do not have sparkling sugar).
- Place several tablespoons of the raspberry mixture into the bottom of the sugar rimmed glass
- You can place of few whole berries in the bottom also.
- Gently pour sparkling white grape juice into the glass with the raspberry mixture.
- Garnish with more raspberries and mint leaves if desired.