White sangria

My husband and I love hosting parties. It is such fun to make a ton of food and create a fun, safe environment for friends for an evening. Since we've had kids, our gatherings have become much more low-key, much smaller and much less frequent. We hadn't had people over for an official gathering since well before I was pregnant with Samson, a year and a half ago. So, to slowly get ourselves back into the hosting scene, we decided to have a few people over for New Year's Eve. Just a few. We made it super low-key because we had just gotten home from our vacation in North Carolina the day before. I'm already planning a bigger gathering in my head. One involving a lot of cooking, Ebby and hungry friends.

Anyway, back to New Year's Eve. I wanted to make a festive drink to go with our spread of food that we could toast to the new year with! Except, it didn't last until 2011. It was tasty, though! And so pretty.

All you need is:

1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (I used cran-grape)

12 red grapes

1 apple, thinly sliced

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 lime, thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

Throw everything into a pitcher, mix, and pour into champagne flutes. So simple, yet so refreshingly tasty! Happy New Year!

Click here for a printable recipe!