New Year’s eve. It’s one of those holidays where I’ve always had trouble making plans, especially in Toronto where the drinks are expensive, and getting a table just about anywhere is all but impossible. House parties to the rescue, right? ?
This Clementine, Lavender & Meyer Lemon Fizz made an appearance at Christmas dinner this year, and turned out to be a big hit with anyone who tried it (namely my brother’s girlfriend and my cool older cousins…that’s win enough in my book!) Considering its success, I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t make the perfect pitcher of sparkling goodness to be served for that New Year’s Eve party I’m sure you’ve got up your sleeve. Even if you end up making a pitcher of these to drink while you watch the ball drop…there’s no judgment here! ?
Sweet and tangy, with an unexpectedly smooth boost from the lavender, this cocktail is the perfect, fizzy drink to ring in the New Year with. Clementines have just become available in the grocery store, and I love the fact that they are seedless and have a mildly tart flavour that is distinctive from every other kind of orange. Citrus is in season during the winter months, so what better way to hide from the snow than getting in your vitamin C? ? If you’re looking for more citrus-based cocktails, I’ve also got a Sparkling Triple Citrus Lemonade recipe up my sleeve, along with a Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz for more of your boozing pleasure.
When I was perusing the shelves of my local grocery store, I bought Meyer lemons quite by accident, favouring their smooth, deep yellow appearance over the crinkly, hard lemons I was used to buying. When I got home and cut one open, you can imagine my surprise when I smelled this beautiful, spicy scent that is quite unlike a normal lemon. These lemons are like a hybrid between an orange and a lemon, with a sweeter taste. The bonus? They are available from December to May only, so get out there and try them while you can!
Dried lavender can be tricky to find, but it’s available in specialty spice stores (I got mine at House of Spice in Toronto’s Kensington Market), local farmer’s markets, and even online! It’s a fun herb to play around with – if you’re a fan of the smell, you will definitely be a fan of the taste. The simple syrup brings out the flavour of the lavender without making it overpowering in the cocktail, but if you’re not a fan of the herb, you can always just make classic simple syrup with equal parts boiling water and sugar.
Will you be trying this Clementine, Lavender & Meyer Lemon Fizz? If you do be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter. What are your go-to cocktail recipes for New Years Eve? I’m always looking for ideas! ?
- ¼ cup dried lavender (can be found at specialty spice stores or ordered online)
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup water
- Meyer lemons
- 12 clementines
- ¼ cup lavender syrup
- 1 bottle sparkling water (flavoured or unflavoured)
- To make lavender syrup: Mix together equal parts bowling water and sugar, slowly stirring in dried lavender. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain mixture so that dried lavender is removed from syrup.
- Using a juicer (can be as big as an appliance, or as simple as a small handheld wood one), squeeze juice from all of the Meyer lemons and clementines. Use a strainer to remove pulp and seeds, then pour into big pitcher.
- Add lavender syrup and let chill until guests arrive. When ready to drink, add sparkling water and let guests add their own ice cubes.
- Garnish with dried lavender (optional) and enjoy!