Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016!
If you are hosing a party tonight, I've got two sparkling wine cocktails for your New Year Eve celebrations!
Sparkling Wine and Orange Granita
4 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1/4 cup superfine sugar
Elder-flower liqueur such as St Germain
2 bottles of Sparkling wine
Combine the orange juice and sugar, and stir until sugar dissolves. Transfer to an 8 inch square baking dish. Freeze, scrapping around sides and breaking up any lumps with a fork every 30 minutes, until evenly frozen, 2 - 3 hours. Cover with plastic wrap. Granita can be made 1 day ahead and keep in the freezer until ready to serve.
Spoon 1/2 cup granita into each glass, and add 1/2 teaspoon liqueur. Top off with sparkling wine.
2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle sparkling wine
Set a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl. Set aside. In a small sauce pan, boil ginger, sugar and 1/4 cup water until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Pour through sieve into bowl, discarding solids. Syrup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Pour 1 tablespoon syrup into each glass and top with sparkling wine.