More and more I enjoy celebrating the transition from one year to the next. There is something soothing in looking back nostalgically. There is something powerful in visualising the coming year. But what I enjoy most, is the grounding realization that New Years Eve really is like every other night; there is no pause, no mark in time – this night feels significant because we make it so.
So on December the 31st 2013 I did not work on any New Year’s resolutions, instead I just decided to have a lovely afternoon in the kitchen making nibbles for a relaxed and happy evening.
And a perfect day of cooking for me just has to start with a lazy cup of coffee and browsing foodie blogs. As I already had my menu planned out, I started looking at ideas for drinks. And because I realized that I was chilling two bottles of bubbly a head and that these would – well, go to our head – I decided to try this non-alcoholic mocktail.
This drink tastes fabulous! A bit of sweetness a hint of spice and tons of moreishness. An amazing mocktail – and it gets better: when we came in from watching the fireworks and we were frozen to the bone, my friend JvP had the fabulous idea of using hot water to turn it into a tea.
So here I am, 1st of January 2014 sipping on some more of these fabulous bubbles.
I hope that right at this moment you are sitting there enjoying a happy New Year – my wishes are with you!
(from the blog ‘Girl Cooks World’)
30g (¼ cup) ginger
2-3 (¼ cup) stalks of lemongrass
200g (2 cups) sugar
150ml (¾ cup) water
(Thai) basil leaves
a few limes
- Peel and then thinly slice the ginger.
- Cut the lemongrass stalks into very thin slices (only use the bottom part of the stalks not the woody top section).
- Combine ginger, lemon grass sugar and water in a small saucepan.
- Cover and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes without a lid.
- Allow to cool 30min or even 1 hour.
- Pour through a sieve into a clean bottle or jar.
- Allow to cool and use immediately or refrigerate for a few weeks.
- To finish the drink:
- Add some basil leaves to a glass.
- If using add ice.
- Top with sparkling water.
- Serve with some lime wedges and a spoon to smash the basil leaves and stir.