Ring in the New Year at Home24 December 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the UK, some of my traditional New Year's Eve celebrations — the kind that includes beautiful places, new experiences and energised crowds, — is definitely off the table this year. But I’ll be the first to admit that the pandemic won’t stop some of the best New Year's Eve traditions: the drinks, the nibbles and best of all — movie night.
If, like me, you find yourself at home this NYE, plan to cosy up in front of the television with a cocktail in hand, some delicious nibbles and a good movie — and for some, this might even sound better than a crowded countdown party!
Perfect for a home celebration, these cocktails are sure to be a New Year’s hit:
2 ripe passion fruits, halved
60ml vanilla vodka
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar syrup
prosecco, to serve
25ml ginger cordial
juice 1 orange
juice 1 lemon
a handful of ice
hibiscus flowers, from a jar (keep the syrup to add at the end)
400ml Tia Maria, chilled
250ml double cream
cocoa, for dusting
2 tbsp Kahlúa
1 tbsp cream
50ml cardamom-spiced gin (Copper House, Norfolk or Opihr)
2-3 whole cardamom pods
100ml classic tonic water
fresh or dried rose petals, plenty of ice
Don’t Forget the New Year’s Nibbles: Now that I’ve got my cocktail, I won’t resist a hot pot of fondue or some homemade, baked zucchini fritters to crunch on. Make a few of these easy-to-prepare dishes to keep you going until 2020 is out the door.
Skillet Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Fire-Roasted Bread: This delicious, cheesy dish is grilled and served in cast iron skillet and is easy to make.
Zucchini-and-Pecorino Fritters: Baked crispy fritters that call for only six ingredients!
Three-Cheese Fondue: Because there's nothing quite like dipping fruit, bread, and vegetables in creamy fondue on a New Year’s night.
Prosciutto Caprese Bites: This recipe calls for a light and delicious appetizer, try this combination of salty prosciutto, mozzarella, and fresh tomato.
Ringing in the New Year at home is going to feel different. Having spent many NYE around the world, I can’t help but think of how I would have ideally liked to celebrate this time around. In the spirit of reminiscing, here are some places that would have served as my perfect NYE destination:
Cape Town, South Africa: I’d start my New Year Countdown at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town where ideally I’d savour seafood and fine dining at Azure Restaurant, sipping on delicious cocktails and taking in breath-taking sunsets at The Leopard Bar.
New York: You’d find me perched at the bar, experiencing the thrill and magic of Time Square as the ball drops from the centre of it all at the Renaissance New York Times Square R Lounge.
Australia: I’d stay at the The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney and watch the Sydney Harbour’s firework extravaganza with a glass of wine in hand.
Palma: Perhaps I’d party the night away at one of Palma’s most-loved beach clubs.
Bath: I’d savour the finest things from food, to spas and curated drinks in the heart of Bath at No.15 Great Pulteney, a luxury boutique hotel.
A girl can dream. This year, however, it’s down to a bag of nibbles and a bottle of wine in Kingswood with Love Actually on the telly.