Cheery Sparkling 20201

KALANPAG/Juris Fortun

Maayong Pasko og Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig!

I hope you’re all ready to face 2021 just as I am, especially after such a challenging and unusual 2020. What better way to welcome the New Year than with a fizzy and refreshing drink to share with family and friends.

Here’s a punch I always serve to guests during past New Year’s Eve parties we host at home while waiting for the big countdown and for the festive first meal.

During those moments, we like to remember the year that was and, no matter what challenges we faced, appreciate all the blessings we received. I think this year is the same, even if there is a pandemic, the company and love we received from our family and old and new friends are precious.

I also like to add some petit fours — bite-sized sweet and savory appetizers — to accompany the drink.

Cheers! Let’s all look forward to a brighter and more joyful New Year!

New Year Punch with Petit Fours


1 cup apple juice

2 cups ginger ale

4 cups cranberry juice

1 cup orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

3 cinnamon sticks

2 pieces star anise

Orange slices

2 drops of orange essential oil

Ice cubes


In a punch bowl or pitcher, mix all the juices.

Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, and drops of pure orange essential oil, orange slices.

Add ice cubes just to chill the drink.

Serve in individual glasses.

For the Petit Fours


Bite-sized chocolate covered biscuits

Assorted cookies

Cake cut in bite-sized pieces

Assorted nuts

Cheese cut in bite-sized pieces

To assemble

On a platter or tiered plate rack, arrange ingredients in groups. Biscuits together, cookies together, cheese slices together, and so on.

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