Toast the New Year or other memorable occasion with a floral flourish - a wild hibiscus blooming in the bubbles.

Set a syrupy crimson blossom at the bottom of each flute, top with champagne, and sip away.

As a bonus, these Aussie imports are not only beautiful, they're edible, with a delightful raspberry-rhubarb flavor.

Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup, 8.8 ounces (11 flowers), about $12. At Williams-Sonoma nationwide, select mid-Atlantic Whole Foods markets, or

- Marilynn Marter

Holiday fizz, family-style

An adult soft drink, IZZE "fruit spritzers" have found a place at formal tables. The crisp, clean taste of sparkling grapefruit and other lightly carbonated fruit juices are a natural alternative for those who don't imbibe (and the "in" mixer for those who do).

Izze sparkling fruit juice, 16-ounce bottles, $1.29-$1.49 (4-pack, $4.49). At major chains and natural food markets.

- M.M.

Going green

GreenPan's eco-friendly Thermolon ceramic-based nonstick coating lets you cook safely with the versatility of stainless steel or cast iron at up to 800 degrees. Even the manufacturing process is "green," requiring 50 percent less energy.

But the actual pan colors are black or burgundy.

GreenPan cookware with Thermolon coating, 6-piece cookware set, $99.90. Exclusive at

- M.M.