There’s something so fresh and festive about incorporating citrus into your New Year’s Day menu. I’ve never been one for staying up all night and ringing in the New Year so we’ve always done a nice lunch or brunch to celebrate the occasion.
The clementine juice has an unexpected flavor over orange juice that’s just as sweet but with a different level of tartness that I think is oh so nice. It also works out perfectly if you made the Clementine Tower my Dad showed how to make on my YouTube Channel this week (see embed below) since you can then use all the oranges!
And don’t worry about the cloves. I actually throw those in with the juice overnight, and then strain before serving, and it infuses the juice with the most delicious sweet flavor. But do strain them out! Otherwise, it’s a serious chocking hazard!
A Pyrex pitcher and a fine mesh sieve works great for straining
I like to serve these in 1930’s style champagne glasses since the shallow coupe allows for a nice clementine wheel as a garnish. These are from my Grandmother, but I have a few similar ones in my Amazon Shop you might like 🙂 (this link goes to Amazon where I am an affiliate partner)
Top with your favorite champagne et voila! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
- 5 lb bag of clementines
- 1-2 bottles champagne
- 10 whole cloves
- Squeeze the clementines into a large 4-cup Pyrex pitcher. Add cloves to flavor the juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Before serving, strain the juice to remove the cloves. Discard cloves. Fill glasses half way and top with champagne. Garnish with a clementine wheel.