For a romantic alternative to the mimosa, try this twist on a kir royale (a cocktail made with crème de cassis and sparkling wine). You can also switch out the cinnamon for star anise to make a more exotic cocktail.
New Year's Day
“Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat fat the rest of the year,” goes the saying in the American South, where black-eyed peas are eaten at New Year’s for luck and good fortune. The peas are said to represent coins, and are often eaten alongside collard greens, which represent paper money, as well as golden cornbread. This version replaces the collards with superfood kale.
In Japan, black soybeans cooked in a sweet syrup (kuromame) are eaten as part of osechi ryori, the customary New Year’s meal. Black soybeans can be found at Asian markets and some specialty health food stores; if you can’t find them, substitute regular black beans.
Fresh carrot juice replaces tomato juice to create a bright, surprising take on the Bloody Mary, perfect for holiday brunch buffets.
Goat cheese and cream cheese melt seamlessly into a decadent fondue base with extra flavor from Swiss-style cheese.
A combination of dark and milk chocolates yields a particularly luscious fondue. Vary the recipe by using amaretto, Kahlúa, or another after-dinner liqueur instead of cherry-flavored Kirsch.
Rich, buttery shortbread is an ideal holiday cookie option because it keeps well and is sturdy enough to pack into gift baskets or send to faraway friends and family. For party preparation, either premeasure ingredients and combine on-site, or make the dough, press into the pan, and bake when you arrive.
The secret to keeping these cookies soft and chewy is to roll out the dough on plastic wrap or wax paper while it’s still warm; then chill it before cutting into shapes.
For a pretty presentation, spoon dip into a hollowed bell pepper or small head of red cabbage. Arrange large leafy lettuce leaves in a shallow basket. Place dip in center of basket and arrange crudités and bread sticks attractively around dip.
30 minutes or fewer
The garlic-flavored baguette toasts that form the base for these canapés may be made 4 days ahead and kept in a sealable plastic bag at room temperature. Makes 24.
In Brazil, many people eat a plate of lentils at New Year’s dinner to invite prosperity during the year to come. Since lentils look like small coins, and they almost double in size after they’re cooked, Brazilians say they attract fortune and wealth.