Cheers to the New Year

Defined by drunken revelry and proverbial open bars of debauchery, it should come as no surprise that New Year’s Eve has never been greeted with much enthusiasm in the BitterSweet household. A whole family of teetotalers and working people, it’s frankly a miracle that anyone even stays awake long enough to watch the ball drop on TV. It’s true; we’re just that exciting. I should really just speak for myself though, given that not even the finest glass of sparkling champagne would strike my fancy, while others would gladly partake.

Why on earth is it that fewer people are interested in making non-alcoholic cocktails for us lightweights and cheap dates over here? Seems to me a gross oversight, excluding such a large portion of thirsty consumers when it takes no more effort to just exclude the booze. Inspired by Zevia‘s call to arms, I wanted to take this opportunity to try out their new Tonic Water and lift a glass to 2015 in style. Bitter, astringent stuff by itself, this stevia-sweetened bubbly brew makes an uncanny substitute for the traditional mix of cognac and champagne typically found in a French 75. Authenticity be damned, I’m just happy to finally have a respectable drink to toast with when the clock strikes midnight.

With that, I want to wish everyone out there in all corners of the world a very Happy New Year! May it be the best one yet.

Zevia Faux 75
Adapted from The New York Times

2 Tablespoons Light Agave Nectar
1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 (12-Ounce Can) Zevia Tonic Water
2 Strips of Lemon Zest (Optional, for Garnish)

Shake the agave and lemon juice vigorously in a cocktail shaker until thoroughly blended. Divide the mixture between two champagne flutes and top with equal amounts of the tonic water. Garnish with lemon zest for some extra festive flair, if desired.

Makes 2 Drinks

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16 thoughts on “Cheers to the New Year

  1. Beautifully opalescent and refreshingly simple! I imagine this would ride well alongside with your Lemongrass Panna Cotta or Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake (or my fave…your swirly Marbled Blueberry Bundt Cake!) or even your Fluffy Coconut Pancakes for New Year’s breakfast. Thanks for sharing all your yumful stuff…Happy New Year and cheers! :)

  2. Cheers, Hannah! Your drink sounds wonderful but we indulged in a bottle of the most marvelous French bubbly given to me by my s-i-l when I was in France in October. No matter what we drink, I hope for you a most wonderful 2015!

    janet

  3. Happy New Year Hannah! I am sure your cocktail was a most awesome way to usher in 2015 and while many people were holding their heads, waking up next to strangers and in parks (under park benches) wondering “what the heck happened?!) on New Years Day, you were tucked up safely in your bed with nada hangovers. I must admit, I did imbibe some of the boozy stuff but invented my own drink. I call it the rubber legged frog. You pour in some sparkling wine, some rum, some fruit juice and lots and lots of homegrown frozen berries and fruit. I think yours is more respectable ;).

  4. Happy New Year Hannah!
    New Year’s Eve might be over but to celebrate that tomorrow the weekend starts I will prepare this delicious and super healthy drink! :-) Gotta love a yummy mocktail!

    xoxox

  5. Happy New Year Hannah! My sister (who is five months pregnant) and I brought in the new year with fresh fruit smoothies! Refreshing, tasty and healthy – nothing better.

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