The first is a classic eggnog and whipped cream pie, easy to make, delicious and guaranteed to go down a treat at any gathering.
And because New Year would not be New Year without a milk-based cocktail, I'm also presenting a recipe for a coconut martini.
Creamy Eggnog PieServes: 6–8
Christmas may be over, but this eggnog pie still goes down a treat for a New Year, or even an Easter dessert. It's delicious, can be made the day before and is great for any party.
Ingredients:1 tbsp unflavoured gelatine powder
4 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1/4 tsp salt
500ml good-quality eggnog
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp rum (or rum extract)
250ml whipping cream, whipped
1 pre-baked sweet shortcrust pastry shell (22cm/9 in)
whipped cream, to decorate
Method:Place the 4 tbsp cold water in a small bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine powder. Set aside to stand for 1 minute.
Combine the sugar, cornflour and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in the eggnog then gently bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking, again stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Add the gelatine and stir until dissolved then take off the heat before setting aside to cool to room temperature.
Stir in the vanilla and rum extracts then fold in the whipped cream.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pastry shell then transfer to the refrigerator and chill until firm (at least 3 hours, but best over night).
Decorate by piping with whipped cream, then serve as a dessert.
Coconut Snowball MartiniServes: 6
No New Year's eve party would be complete without a cocktail, so here's a seasonal one for you to serve to your guests tonight.
Ingredients:180ml single cream
120ml coconut-flavoured rum
4 tbsp vanilla vodka
4 tbsp cream of coconut
Method:Mix together the cream, rum, vodka and cream of coconut in a jug.
Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour in the coconut mixture.
Cover and shake well to chill then divide the mixture between six martini glasses.
For many more classic and seasonal cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), why not visit the Celtnet Cocktail recipes pages.