Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, and to get excited about the year to come. Sparkling cider is a go-to party beverage on New Year’s, but I thought it would be fun to add some pizzazz and extra fizz to the party drink.
I don’t know a kid who doesn’t like rock candy, and making it yourself is a lot of fun because you can watch the rocks form over the course of a week. While the kids are home for Christmas break, get them started on making rock candy, and it will be ready for your NYE party. Add it to your party drink and it will create some extra fizz, color and flavor!
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- Mason jars or champagne flutes
- Food coloring
- In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Heat over medium-high heat and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Slowly add the remaining sugar to the mixture in small amounts until the sugar no longer dissolves (it may not take all of the sugar to get to this point). The water should look slightly cloudy. Bring to a simmer.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool. While mixture is cooling, prepare mason jars or champagne flutes by placing a few drops of food coloring in each jar.
- Make sure the skewers are longer than the height of the jars. Dip each skewer in the sugar-water and roll them in a bit of sugar on a plate. Allow to dry completely.
- Pour equal amounts cooled sugar-water into each mason jar, and stir to combine with food coloring.
- Place dry sugar-coated skewers in each jar, careful not to touch the bottom or sides of the jar with the stick. Hold in place by pinching skewer with a clothespin at the top of the mason jar. The clothespin will rest on the mouth of the jar.
- Allow rock candy to grow on sticks for about a week, or longer if desired. Remove rock candy from the jars and place them on a plate to dry.
- They’re ready to be enjoyed as is, or placed in your party drink! Store in a cool dry place until you’re ready to enjoy.