It’s always nice when New Year’s Eve lands on a Saturday. It gives us more time to relax and reflect on the past year, to prep for a gathering of our friends and family so we can raise a toast together to the days ahead. This punch is an elegant way to celebrate the start of 2017.

Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo

The first day of the new year can feel like just another day, but it can also be symbolically significant, if you let it. A fresh start, a clean slate, an opportunity to steer your life’s ship in whatever direction you want. There are many ways to ring in the new year, many traditions to embrace, foods to eat, songs to sing. If you are looking for an interesting and flavor-rich cocktail to send off 2016 and welcome what’s ahead, we’ve got you covered. And because it’s a punch, you don’t have to make individual drinks for each of your party guests.

This punch perfectly reflects the complexity of life: a bit of sweetness, a bit of colour, a bit of acidity, a hint of fizz, and of course a base of spiced rum—all brought together in a fine balance. Whatever your plans are for New Year’s Eve, we wish you all the very best, from all of us at Luvo.

Here’s to your health.

Ingredients

  • 2 anise pods
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 blood oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 honey crisp apple, cut in small dices (or any kind of apple)
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
  • 4 chilled glasses (place glasses in freezer for 15 minutes or so)
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo

Method

  1. Make an anise syrup by putting the anise pods, water, and sugar into a small pot, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the orange, cranberries and diced apple in a large jug or container, then pour the anise syrup and brandy all over them, stir gently and let them soak in the fridge for about 20 to 30 min.
  3. Take the jug out of the fridge, slowly pour in the sparkling wine or champagne and give it one or two swirls (don’t agitate the drink or you’ll lose all the fizz!).
  4. Pour punch into chilled glasses, make sure to load up with the boozy fruit!

Happy New Years!

Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo
Boozy Fruit and Star Anise Brandy Punch c/o Luvo

What are you eating and drinking on New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below!

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