Since we had so much fun with last year’s tropical fruit tasting following our Christmas brunch, I decided to keep the explorer spirit alive this year with a hot cocoa bar. First, I purchased as many hot chocolate flavors as I could find (in an ideal world I would have made these from scratch — there are a bunch of unique recipes online!) Then I provided lots of different toppings, including whipped cream, sprinkles, silver/red/green sugar, marshmallows and Pocky sticks in chocolate, strawberry and cappucino flavors (a biscuit dessert from Japan available online and in select stores).
Another cool find: miniature cups made out of chocolate! I found mine at a local foodie destination called Jungle Jim’s International Market but others are available online. The adults had Kahlua in theirs while the kiddies stuck with cold milk.
To add a tropical flair to juice glasses, we lined them with a slice of starfruit.
There was also no shortage of elderflower beverages on hand! I first discovered the St. Germain liqueur a year ago when a friend gave me a small sample. Having a real sweet tooth when it comes to cocktails, I immediately fell in love with it (this must be what nectar tastes like!) The flavor is unlike anything else and is derived from elderflower blossoms. Recently, we were excited to find elderflower concentrate and juice boxes at IKEA, which means two things: 1) I can have an elderflower beverage at any hour of the day and 2) my daughter can participate in the elderflower craze as well! (The concentrate goes quite nicely with tonic water or seltzer.)
Here’s to tasty toasting in the new year!