Can you believe it is December already?! Where on earth did 2013 go? Yesterday was December 1st and that means we’ve passed the unofficial start of one of my favourite times of the year: Christmas! If you know me at all, then you probably know that I LOVE Christmas. This Christmas is going to be especially fun because I get to decorate my new home with my own Christmas stuff! I already spent some time shopping for Christmas decor at Pottery Barn last weekend and there are some beautiful looking items at Restoration Hardware, which is dangerously close to me… uh oh.. cha-ching!
December also means it is time for the 2nd Annual 12 Posts of Christmas! I had a lot of fun writing these posts last year, so I thought why not do it again? Also, 12 posts in a month is a pretty good goal to get me back into writing posts more frequently, after a very busy fall.
On Sunday night I had my family over for dinner and since it was December 1st I had the Christmas music going and spent some time putting up my Christmas decorations and tree. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy another champagne cocktail. This cocktail is perfect for fall or winter with the delicious blend of spices and fresh pear. I think it would be a wonderful and unusual cocktail to serve at a Christmas party.
Stone Spice Sour Champagne Cocktail
adapted from the January/ February 2012 Rachael Ray Magazine
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1 pear
– a dash of ground cloves
– a dash of allspice
– lemon juice
– sparkling wine
In a small saucepan, simmer the water and brown sugar together until the sugar dissolves. About 5 minutes.
Add cloves and allspice to the sugar mixture, to taste. Allow to cool.
In each glass mash up a slice of pear. Add 1/2 an ounce of the sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice.
Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a slice of pear.
Although I don’t have champagne flutes quite yet the drinks tasted just as delicious served in some small tumblers. I actually ended up deviating from the original recipe a little bit, but I think the results were quite tasty and everyone seemed to really enjoy their cocktail. The spices and the pear paired very well together. A perfect pairing if you will… I know, I know…I get a groan for that pun, right?
I hope to fit in a couple more cocktails posts this month, some holiday outings and some family recipe favourites. It should be a wonderful December.