Grapefruit Thyme Champagne Cocktail
There are no words to describe New Year’s Eve in Hawaii. In fact, if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you might not believe the craziness. Imagine the way that the 4th of July is celebrated here on the mainland. And times that by 100. We’re talkin’ fireworks galore, mochi making, eating Japanese Soba noodles for a long life, sips of sake at midnight for good luck, and many other great traditions that reflect the melting pot of cultures that make up Hawaii.
I’m usually home in Hawaii for the holidays – and I always try to stretch my trip over NYE, too. Last year, we watched the most ginormous fireworks display while hanging out at the beach. Barefoot and coatless. It was absolutely lovely.
This year, we’ve remained in Portland for the holiday, which means New Years’ Eve will be different, to say the least. We’ll dress up – coats and all – and head to see some friends, with a pitcher of this Grapefruit Thyme Champagne Cocktail in tow. Knowing me, I’ll make it to midnight and then promptly declare I’m ready for bed. Luckily, this cocktail is perfect for NYE. It’s festive and tasty, but not too boozy – so you don’t have to worry about a painful January 1st. Plus – I love the idea of having a pitcher of cocktails – your friends can serve themselves, and you won’t get stuck playing bartender.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year)