Kiwifruit Cocktails & Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party
For many of us, when we remember great New Year’s Eve parties, we remember the laughs and camaraderie — the special moments shared with friends and family. And we all know that the key to any good party is a great spread.
Here are some interesting recipes and ideas for mouth-watering, easy-to-make kiwifruit-inspired hors d’oeuvres, small bites, and cocktails to ring in the new year.
Kiwi Marinated Pork Kebobs
In an earlier article, Tenderize & Marinate Meat with Green Kiwifruit, we talked about the marinating power of kiwifruit:
The actinidin found in kiwifruit — specifically green-variety kiwifruit — is highly effective in breaking down the protein and connective tissues of meat without turning the into mush.
In that article, we recommended that you try our Kiwi Marinated Pork Kebobs. The actinidin in kiwifruit makes it the perfect addition to any kebob recipe, where the meat needs to be mouth-wateringly tender.
These pork kebobs are the perfect finger food for a small New Year’s Eve party. The skewers are simple to make and will give your guests something to munch on while giving them the freedom to move around and socialize.
Green & Gold Kiwifruit Salsa
Who can resist chips and salsa? It’s essential party food! You can liven up this standard with a healthy dose of Zespri Green and SunGold™ kiwifruit. Just follow our Green & Gold Kiwifruit Salsa recipe.
You can serve this tropically tangy salsa on its own with corn tortilla chips, or as complement to our pork kebobs!
Kiwifruit & Prosciutto Crostini
A prosciutto looks like a thin, finely sliced deli ham. Its appearance is about the only thing it shares with deli ham, though. Prosciutto has a much bolder and smokier flavor. Adding Zespri Green kiwifruit into the Kiwifruit and Prosciutto Crostini recipe brings out the tangy flavor profile of the prosciutto, while also toning down the saltiness.
Prosciutto itself contains a healthy dose of iron, which helps maintain the body’s energy levels while supplying trace amounts of vitamin B-12. So it’s a natural fit, wrapped around the nutritional powerhouse that is kiwifruit.
Recipe Tip: You’ll want to use a serrated peeler for peeling the kiwifruit.
SunGold Kiwifruit Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp cocktails are another standard in social gatherings. It’s a portable appetizer that relies largely on presentation for its “Wow” factor. But adding SunGold kiwifruit to the recipe will take it to another level entirely.
Not only is our delicious SunGold Kiwifruit Shrimp Cocktail beautiful to look at, it’s also chock-full of super healthy ingredients like Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, Greek yogurt, avocado, and fresh basil.
The flavor profile is a perfect blend of subtle sweetness with a hint of tang, thanks in part to the hint of lime and the tropical golden goodness of Zespri SunGold, instead of the harsh bite of a tomato-based horseradish sauce normally used.
These are just a handful of simple yet impressive recipes you can easily make that will keep your New Year’s Eve party interesting well past midnight. You can find other examples on our recipe page.
These recipes cover food, but what about drinks?
We have plenty of great kiwi-inspired drink ideas too!
Kiwifruit Drinks for Grown Ups
A New Year’s Eve party wouldn’t be the same without a champagne toast at midnight! With minimal effort — and Zespri Kiwifruit — you can ring in the new year with a healthy take on the traditional champagne drinks.
Our SunGold Kiwifruit Bellini combines peeled SunGold with an orange-flavored liqueur of your choice, like Cointreau, and sparkling wine or champagne. Just remember to use a fine sieve to remove the seeds!
Or you can keep it super-simple and follow the recipe for Kiwifruit Pearl Champagne — simply slice Green kiwifruit in half and use a ½-inch melon baller to scoop out the kiwifruit into small balls. Drop the kiwi ‘pearls’ into your champagne flute and serve.
For a less traditional, but equally satisfying, drink for your New Year’s Eve gathering, we recommend Chef Michael Waterhouse’s take on an Irish Fizz, with his Irish Kiwi Fizz recipe.
Kiwi Drinks for Kids
Not everyone is a drinker — even champagne. If you know you will have guests that don’t drink, or if family members will be bringing kids, you can make them delicious, kiwi-infused non-alcoholic drinks.
With the Kiwi Pearl Champagne, just substitute the champagne with sparkling grape juice.
Another great option would be Green Kiwifruit Zinger, which combines the Zespri Green kiwi with grated ginger and cranberry juice into a tasty drink that is refreshing, rejuvenating, and remarkable. Both kids and adults alike will enjoy this recipe.
A Kiwi-Inspired New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve parties are about sharing and reliving memories of the past year with close friends and loved ones. It’s also about readying the coming year to make new memories. You can help usher in these new memories with some interesting New Year’s Eve party recipes that your guests will love and remember for months to come.
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