The days between Christmas and New Year are some of the best of the year. Time shifts; days come and go with little regard for dates and schedules and softer, more languid living is practiced. Leftover ham answers the call of hunger any time of the day and fresh stone fruit and berries are eaten cold from the fridge as the sun hits its summer stride. This atmosphere calls for fuss-free catering, the kind that simply appears and is appreciated.
New Year’s Eve is a time for pretty drinks. At 39 weeks pregnant I won’t be having a raging night, but I’ll happily serve up a jug of colourful punch for guests. This is a cheat’s white sangria: all show, no fiddly preparation. A bottle of good white wine is infused with fruit and berries and topped with sparkling apple juice and a sprig of rosemary to add some festive cheer. The result is not overly sweet, like some punches can be, and is beautifully refreshing on a hot night as the sun sets.
If you find yourself with remaining fruit in the bottom of the jug, turn it into dessert. The now boozy fruit can be heaped into a bowl and served with fresh cream for an adult fruit salad.
I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2014, leaving behind what no longer serves you and taking all that’s good with you into the new year.
Thank you for reading Simple Provisions in 2013, I’ve loved bringing it to you and really appreciate all the comments and pins and support I’ve been lucky enough to receive. My life will change quite a bit in January with the birth of this baby I’ve been growing for the last nine months, but the blog will go on! I’ve lined up some lovely guest bloggers to share their recipes and thoughts with you. And we’ll see how many posts this baby allows me to squeeze in between now and its birth…
Festive White Wine Punch
- 1 bottle of your preferred white wine (make it a nice bottle, it will make the punch taste better)
- 600ml sparkling apple juice (or 300ml apple juice and 300ml soda water)
- 1 punnet of strawberries, sliced
- 1 green apple, cubed (with skin on)
- Handful of red or green grapes, halved
- Handful of cherries, pitted and quartered
- Handful of pomegranate seeds
- Sprig of rosemary for garnish
Prepare fruit and place in a punch bowl or large jug. Pour wine over the top and leave in the fridge for an hour to let the fruit soak. Remove from the fridge and top with sparkling apple juice or apple juice and soda. Add ice and a sprig of rosemary for garnish and serve.