Mandarin Champagne Cocktail | www.sweetteasweetie.comRing in the new year with a Mandarin Champagne cocktail!

It’s like a mimosa but with more of a kick!

Ingredients:

Champagne, sparkling wine or proseccoIngredients for Mandarin Champagne Cocktail | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Simple syrup

Sparkly sugar

Mandarin Vodka

Slice of Orange

Directions:

Dip the rim of a champagne glass in simple syrup.Sugared Rim on Mandarin Champagne Cocktail | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Twist glass in a bowl of sparkly sugar.

Pour 1 ounce Mandarin vodka (my favorite is Hangar One, a local distillery) into sugared champagne flute.

Fill glass the rest of the way with champagne or Prosecco.

Finish with a squeeze from a slice of orange and toast to the New Year!

Mandarin Champagne Cocktail | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Champagne Recommendations for New Years Eve

1. Viansa Sparkling Wine

2. Veuve Clicquot

3. Domaine Carneros Vermeil Demi-Sec

New Year's Eve Champagne Recommendations| www.sweetteasweetie.com

NYE “Ball” Drops

We all know about the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in New York City, but have you heard of the 600 pound Moon Pie drop? There are so many unique ways to ring in the New Year from Virginia to California. Here are my top 5 unique New Year’s Eve drops:

Fredericksburg, Virginia: An illuminated pear is dropped.

Fredericksburg, VA New Year's Eve Pear Drop | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Temecula, California: A bunch of grapes is dropped.

New Year's Eve Temecula Grape Drop | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Panama City, Florida: An illuminated, 800-pound beach ball descends from a tower 12 stories high at midnight. At 8 pm there is a “family ball drop” with 10,000 beach balls.

Panama City, FL New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Plymouth, Wisconsin: Watch an 80-pound decorated cheese wedge descend from a ladder truck operated by Plymouth Fire Department at midnight

New Year's Eve Wisconsin Cheese Drop | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Mobile, Alabama: A 600-pound, lit Moon Pie is lowered

Mobile, AL New Year's Eve Moon Pie Drop | www.sweetteasweetie.com

 I wish you lots of fun however you choose to ring in the New Year!

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