One of my fondest New Year’s memories is of a great family friend called Cynthia. She came to stay with us in Plettenberg Bay one year – cheerfully navigating the noise and arguments that make up a sofafamily holiday. Loving every minute of the chaos.
We headed to the beach for fireworks display to welcome in the New Year (quite possibly the last time I was awake at midnight on NYEve) and, as we were making our way home across the insanely crowded sand, Cynthia tripped over a couple who were coupling on a blanket on the ground. Oblivious to the throngs around them.
“Ag sis”, she said: “Couldn’t you wait until you got home?” “Neyyy”, said the chap, not breaking stroke: “it’s never to early to start with your new year’s resolutions, Auntie”.
Cynthia, a conservative at heart, didn’t miss a beat: “Listen, those fireworks were real, hey …” she said to the girl, “it wasn’t him…”. The couple roared with laughter: “S’true Auntie, s’true. Happy New Year Auntie.” We all walked home smiling.
Just as no New Year is truly complete without a resolution, so no new year should start without a cocktail (and judging by the bottles on the sand next to the resolute pair – I think they would agree.)
So from the two of us to all of you out there, on sofas of your own: here’s a little something to help you see the stars. Happy New Year.
(Makes 4 or more cocktails – depending how you pour)
2 tots Campari
2 tots home-made limoncello (should you just happen to have it to hand), alternately use Grand Marnier or Cointreau
2 tots gin
Ice cold sparkling wine or prosecco
- Mix Campari, the Liqueur of choice and gin together in a measuring cup
- Refrigerate until cold
- Pour a small quantity (about half an inch – or more or less according to taste) into the bottom champagne flutes.
- Top up with bubbles
- Repeat as desired
- Have a sofa near by.