I made this wintry cocktail for my friend Shannon’s wedding last month, and I think it’s the perfect drink to clink on New Year’s Eve, too. (Plus this photo shoot was a convenient excuse for breaking in my new silver-foiled glassware, heh heh!) Pure tart cherry juice has an earthy, almost herbal flavor that I like to balance with spicy ginger and sweet navel orange (avoid cherry juice blends, which are dulled with apple and grape). The booze is added separately, so any kids and designated drivers at your party can enjoy a virgin punch. Assemble two days ahead to allow the orange peels to release their oils.
My friend Becky Striepe (arguably the friendliest lady in Atlanta) invited me to contribute another cocktail to her Glue and Glitter blog. I came up with a blueberry-thyme lemonade with optional vodka. Transportation in an adorable vintage ice bucket is also optional . . . but earns you miles of style points! You can get the recipe here.