New Year’s Eve is an occasion which many of us use as an excuse to have a few drinks with family or friends. Many of us will see out the old year with a celebration at home. If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, as a polytunnel gardener you could be well placed to serve your guests drinks including ingredients that you have grown yourself in your polytunnel garden. These cocktail recipes should inspire you to use what you have grown for your party drinks this year:
A Snowball Cocktail With Home-Made Lemonade & Advocaat
If you have a lemon tree in your polytunnel, you could use the lemons from your tree to make your own lemonade. If you also use eggs, sugar and brandy (or vodka, or another spirit) to make home-made advocaat, you could combine the two to make your own special snowball cocktail this New Year’s Eve.
If you froze some of the raspberries that you grew in your polytunnel during the summer, you could use these now, blended with some run, raw sugar and the juice of one lime to make a delicious, natural version of a daiquiri for your New Year’s Eve parties this year.
A hot mulled cider can be perfect for Christmas, but could also be an option for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Cook your home-made apple cider with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. In some traditions, drinking wassail will help make sure you have a good apple harvest in the year to come.
Plum & Rosemary New Year’s Eve Gin Fizz
If you have frozen plums from your summer harvest, or made a plum syrup or cordial earlier in the year, you can combine these fruits with some gin and tonic water, and a little rosemary from your polytunnel to make a delicious gin fizz to serve to friends and family this New Year’s Eve.
Classic Mimosas With Home-Squeezed Orange Juice
If you have oranges growing in your polytunnel then you could consider squeezing these to make a wide range of cocktails this New Year’s Eve. One of the easiest and classiest options is a simple mimosa, which combines the fresh orange juice with champagne, sparkling wine or Prosecco. Enjoy with friends and family at a party on the night, or over the first breakfast of the New Year.
Are you planning to make your own cocktail recipe using polytunnel-grown produce? What is your favourite cocktail recipe for New Year’s Eve? Please feel free to share your own favourite cocktail recipes in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.