New Year's Cocktails & Drinks
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It's a party! These festive drinks and cocktail recipes are sure to make your New Year's Eve party fabulously delicious. While guests nibble on appetizers, offer them a mixed drink or cocktail to wash down each bite. From sparkling wine cocktails to spiked hot chocolate, guests will have a sipper for every hour of the evening.
Vanilla-Fig Champagne Sparkler
The festive combo of cinnamon, vanilla, and figs make a tasty way to welcome the New Year, but this fantastic flavor trio will also keep you celebrating all fall and winter. Cheers!
Port of Call Punch
The muddling technique draws complex flavors from the lemon, making the beverage floral, bracing, and irresistible. A sprinkling of grated nutmeg on top adds a warm, soothing, fragrant layer to the punch, which is remarkably complex-flavored despite having only 6 ingredients. Ruby port has spent less time cask-aging than tawny port, and so is a little sweeter and fruitier, perfect in this recipe. This drink has a lower alcohol content than standard cocktails, a great quality in a punch that's meant to refresh as much as relax.
Pink Grapefruit and Lychee Cocktail
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Pink grapefruit, a popular winter fruit, stars in this pretty beverage. Look for canned lychee fruit, which has a delicately sweet flavor, in the ethnic food aisle at the supermarket or at Asian groceries. Use the leftover lychees in a fruit salad.
Honey Cider Cocktails
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
The cider-honey base of this beverage makes enough for both adult and kid twists: one with pale ale, the other with sparkling cider. Beer and cider are refreshing and lower in sugar and alcohol than stronger potions, which tend to go down a bit too easily.
Sparklers say celebration like no other beverage. But a fizzy toast when the ball drops doesn't require dropping big bucks. Whipping up a batch of bubbly-backed cocktails is a simple way to stretch each bottle, all the while instilling party-perfect personality into your evening's signature sippers. Win your next holiday cocktail hour with this Ruby Spritzer. Cheers!
Photo: Christopher Testani
Adding hard cider to this beer creates a cocktail with a tangy edge and sweet notes to round it out. This frothy blend is a perfect way to dress up your beer for the occasion and create new flavors with any hard ciders that you have on hand.
Lemon-Gin Sparkling Cocktails
Loosely based on the French 75, a classic cocktail of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, this welcoming beverage uses lemonade concentrate as a shortcut. Be sure to allow the concentrate to thaw ahead of time. You'll use almost a whole bottle of Champagne; the rest goes into the dessert. If time allows, you can use a quick simple syrup with lemon juice: Combine 3 tablespoons each of sugar, lemon juice, and water; microwave for 1 minute, and cool.
Citrusy Gin and Blood Orange Punch
If the word "punch" makes you think of old-fashioned, too-sweet concoctions, this drink will be a revelation. Don't skip the oleo saccharum stage: The mix of oils and other citrus flavors that come from the muddling gives amazing body to the final drink.
Warm Spiced (and Spiked) Cabernet
Warm guests up with this sweet spiced wine punch. Whole cloves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and orange juice infuse the wine with citrusy flavor with a hint of spice, while two bottles of cabernet sauvignon and brandy make it especially boozy. Press cloves into the peel of quartered orange. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Reduce heat to low, and cook 30 minutes. Garnish this punch with a cinnamon stick or orange slices. See our Apple Cider Recipes for more boozy winter drinks.
Tangy, sweet satsumas shine during cold winter months. Make the most of them in this festive, spiced sangria. Opt for a fruit-forward, higher acidity variety of red wine, such as grenache or tempranillo.
Wine Pick: Las Rocas Garnacha (Spain)
Fresh Pear Cocktail
We adore this drink, with fresh pear juice (easy to make!) lending its unmistakable sweet flavor and fragrance. It still makes us swoon exactly as we first published it.
Harissa Bloody Marys
Photo: Christopher Testani
Kick off your festivities with this fun take on the classic brunch beverage. Molly likes to boost her version with harissa, a traditional Tunisian chile paste with a spicy, pleasantly bitter edge. "I just love those flavors," she explains, "and they're not common around Grand Forks, North Dakota. I really like being able to introduce a new ingredient like harissa to my community through a more familiar thing like a Bloody Mary." Look for harissa in cans, jars, or tubes on the international foods aisle or with the specialty sauces. If you can't find it, substitute a few dashes of hot sauce. Garnish as desired with celery stalks, lime wedges, and pickles. You can combine everything except the club soda a day ahead; give it a good stir before serving, and top off with club soda at the last minute.
Champagne Limoncello Cocktails
A sugared rim is a pretty touch—rub a cut lemon wedge on the rim of the glass, and roll in sugar. You needn't purchase expensive Champagne; just be sure to use brut, the driest Champagne, or a dry cava or prosecco.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
This old-fashioned drink is reminiscent of decadent egg custard. You can easily double or triple the speedy recipe to serve a bigger crowd.
Blood orange and pomegranate collaborate into a fashionably refreshing cocktail. Garnish with a lime twist, if desired.
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
White wine may eventually lose its flavor after uncorking, but why waste it? Here, we perk up leftover wine with sparkling apple-cranberry cider and add fresh apples, pears, and grapes for an autumn-themed spin on the popular drink.
The Westview Cocktail
In New York, it's common to name stirred rye cocktails after neighborhoods. This one is named for a historic neighborhood in Atlanta. You'll make more infused whiskey than you need for this cocktail—a good thing, as it's a delicious winter sipper.
Candy Apple Punch
Cinnamon candies and cranberry-apple drink help give this party-ready punch its fun, bright red color. For a toddy version, adults can substitute 1 cup rum for 1 cup water.
New Year's Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2021 With
After the headache of 2020, we could all use a strong drink when the clock strikes midnight. From the ongoing pandemic to the 2020 presidential election to the resurgence of murder hornets, we'd be lying if we didn't say we're looking forward to the new year. Whether you're planning to live it up at a virtual Zoom party or take it easy on the couch watching Netflix, we rounded up 21 tasty cocktail recipes&mdashthink: a gin cocktail, a champagne spritz, and an edible glitter cocktail (yes, really)&mdashthat will help you enter 2021 in style. Get dressed to the nines (or don't) and toast to better days ahead.
¾ oz. Pineapple syrup (see below)
½ oz. Lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained through a fine-mesh sieve
2 Large fresh sage leaves
Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut, to top (about 2 oz. per cocktail)
To make the syrup, combine equal parts pineapple juice and sugar in a blender, then blend on high until the sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and store, covered, in the refrigerator.
For each cocktail, add the gin, pineapple syrup, lemon juice, and sage leaves to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top carefully with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut. Garnish with additional sage.
Courtesy of Mezza di Mezzacorona and Colleen Jeffers
Mix together the eggnog, Smirnoff Vanilla, and Irish Cream in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.
Courtesy of Kenda Darr from Simply Darrling for Smirnoff
.5 oz. Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial
.5 oz. Chilled ginger lemon syrup
Put a few blueberries in the bottom of a Collins class. Fill the glass the rest of the way with pebble ice. Add all ingredients except Cava together with ice, and strain the liquid into the glass. Top with Cava, then garnish with thyme and blueberries.
Courtesy of Lee Noble, Art in the Age Cocktail Specialist
1.5 oz. Recuerdo Mezcal Joven
1.5 oz. Calahua (cream of coconut)
1 Small slice of fresh ginger
Add the ice, Recuerdo Mezcal, calahua (cream of coconut), ginger, evaporated milk, and grenadine to a blender and mix until the consistency of ice cream. Serve in an old fashioned glass, garnish with the pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint.
Courtesy of Gibran Gonzalez for Recuerdo Mezcal
2 oz. Dano's Pineapple & Jalapeno Tequila
Stir all ingredients with ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with candied ginger & jalapeno.
Courtesy of Dano's Tequila
6 oz .of Apple Cider (preferably fresh-pressed)
½ to 1 teaspoon packed, finely of grated Ginger Root (to your taste)
Dash Cinnamon and freshly grated Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon of strained fresh lemon juice (or more to your taste)
½ Teaspoon of Honey (or less if your apple cider is on the sweet side)
Cinnamon stick, apple slice, or lemon wheel to garnish
Combine the apple cider, water, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer. Meanwhile, combine the vodka and lemon juice in a mug. Strain the hot spiced cider into the mug, discarding the solids. Stir in the honey until melted&mdashtaste, adding more lemon or honey to balance the drink if need be. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple round, and/or lemon wheel. Enjoy!
13 Easy Pitcher Cocktail Recipes For Parties
These pitcher cocktails serve groups, but you'll want them all to yourself.
Here are 13 recipes for pitcher cocktails that your guests will love.
2 tbsp honey
.25 cup (60 ml) warm water
1 cup (240 ml) Little Black Dress pineapple honey-flavored vodka
.25 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
.5 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
Lemon slices, for garnish
Dissolve the honey in the warm water by microwaving for 30 seconds. In a pitcher, combine the vodka, honey water, and lemon juice. Add a couple of leaves of basil and 2 dashes of bitters to 4 to 6 mason jars or glasses and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add ice.
Top each with club soda. Garnish with the lemon slices and serve.
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12 oz Aviation American Gin
6 oz freshly pressed lemon juice
4 oz freshly pressed orange juice
4 oz organic strawberry jam syrup*
6 oz s parkling apple cider
6 oz soda water
In a large mixing bowl, add spirits & mixers, excluding cider, soda water and ice. Cover and cool. When ready to serve, add the cider cider, soda water, ice and stir. Garnish with sliced strawberries and orange wheels.
*Strawberry jam syrup: combine 2 oz jam with 2 oz heated water and stir until jam is dissolved, let cool.
6 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
6 oz Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
14 oz Pisco Control C
6 oz fresh lime juice
14 oz sparkling wine or dry prosecco
20 sage leaves
1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
Combine all the ingredients together in a punch bowl. Mix with a ladle. Add ice and garnish with six wheels of pink grapefruit, lime and lemon.
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2 pounds fresh red seedless grapes, plus 1 cup sliced
1/2 cup clover honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup vodka, very cold
1 bottle rose sparkling wine, very cold
Combine grapes, honey and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
Pour into pitcher. Add the vodka and sliced grapes. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Add the rose to the mixture just upon serving.
12 cucumber slices
18 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
12 oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato
6 oz Verjus
6 oz lime juice
6 oz honey syrup (2 parts honey: 1 part water)
12 oz sparkling wine
All the ingredients minus the sparking wine should be whip shaken (a short and quick shake) and then fine strained over ice in the punch bowl. Top off with the bubbles and additional cucumber wheels. Serve in punch cups, garnished with extra cucumber slices.
16 meyer lemons (or 11 bar lemons)
¾ cup Crown Maple Syrup Medium Amber
2.5 qts water
¼ fresh vanilla bean
8 oz vodka or white rum
Juice lemons and place into a 3 qt pitcher (you need at least a pint or 16 fl-oz of juice. Add Crown Maple Dark Amber, vodka or rum, and water. Cut vanilla bean in half, and scrape half of one of the halves into the lemonade (you can add the scraped pod quarter in the mix too).
12 parts Q Club Soda
12 parts Q Tonic
6 parts Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
8 parts Cocchi Americano Italian White Vermouth
12 parts dry white wine
2 cups sliced winter citrus (pink grapefruit, mandarin oranges, Cara Cara, lemon)
.5 cup pomegranate arils
Mint for garnish
Combine Solerno, Cocchi Americano, and wine in a bowl and stir. Add sliced citrus and pomegranate arils, cover and refrigerate overnight to allow fruit to macerate. When ready to serve, transfer the mixture to a pitcher, top with Q Club Soda, Q Tonic and stir to combine. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint.
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6 oz Macchu Pisco
3 oz pineapple-cinnamon syrup*
2 oz lime juice
2 oz Cocchi Rosa
4 sprays clove tincture*
40 dashes Peychaud&rsquos bitters
6 oz club soda
Limes wheels, for garnish
Cloves, for garnish
Stir all ingredients except club soda together in a large shaker or punch bowl, then stir in club soda. Garnish with lime wheels studded with cloves.
*Clove Tincture: Let cloves infuse into high-proof vodka for 4-5 days.
*Pineapple-Cinnamon Syrup: Buy Small Hand Foods Pineapple syrup. Add a cinnamon stick and let it infuse overnight.
7 oz Four Roses bourbon
7 oz iced tea
3.5 oz mint simple syrup
3.5 oz lemon juice
5 oz water
Combine all ingredients in a bottle or pitcher. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a mint spring.
1 bottle Aperol
1 bottle Prosecco
.75 L chilled seltzer
Combine the Aperol, Prosecco, and seltzer in a pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with an orange slice.
6 oz Grey Goose vodka
6 oz lime juice
3 oz St Germain
1.5 oz simple syrup
18 oz Champagne
Berries and thin sliced lime wheels (for garnish)
Muddle berries in a preparation bowl then add vodka, lime juice, St Germain, and simple syrup stir and strain. Add mixture to serving bowl. When ready to serve add ice and top with Champagne. Garnish with berries and thin sliced lime wheels.
1 part Milagro Silver tequila
.5 part Ancho Reyes
1 part mandarin juice
.5 part lime juice
.5 part agave nectar
1 part Vanilla Dry Soda
Combine all ingredients except soda and stir to mix well. Top with soda and garnish with lime wheels and dry ancho chile strips or garnished glass with dry ancho chile confetti over dehydrated lime wheel.
&ndashCreated by Jaime Salas, Milagro Tequila National Brand Ambassador
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6 oz Montelobos Espadín mezcal
3 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth
1 oz Campari
6 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz agave syrup
4 oz cava
Build in small tin. Combine mezcal, vermouth, Campari, pomegranate juice, lemon and lime juice, and agave syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into punch bowl and finish with cava. Place 3 large ice cubes into bowl. Garnish with 2 dehydrated orange wheels, 3 lime wheels, and 2 bar spoons of pomegranate seeds. Serve with chilled toasted avocado leaf salt half-rimmed coupe glasses. Garnish with dehydrated orange and 3 pomegranate seeds.
&ndashCreated by Courtenay Greenleaf, master mezcalier at Rosa Mexicano
10 Easy Cocktails for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, all too soon after the hectic rush of the holidays and the whirl of gift-shopping and party-throwing. If you’re anything like us, you’re in the grip of post-holiday lassitude. So whether you’re throwing a small party or snuggling up on the couch this New Year’s Eve, the drinks should stay simple. Festive and bubbly, perhaps, but not taxing. So here are some hand-picked selections — sparkling wine mixed with simple, delicious syrups, the classic whiskey sour, a pitcher-full of tequila with ginger beer and limeade. Easy, laid-back, and delicious — just what New Year’s Eve should be.
What’s your drink of choice for New Year’s Eve? Have a recipe or good cocktail you’d like to share?
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21 Best New Year's Eve Drinks That Will Elevate Your Evening
These cocktails and mocktails are delicious and chic.
New Year's Eve is practically synonymous with champagne. All season long, you see images of people popping bottles, clinking glasses, and making toasts. But just because the sparkling stuff is the star of the show on December 31 doesn't mean you can't enjoy other types of drinks on the holiday. In fact, we whole-heartedly recommend it. In addition to allowing you to test your bartending skills, serving a creative New Year's Eve drink menu of cocktails and mocktails will also wow everyone you watch the ball drop with. Not to mention, you just might find a new favorite winter drink you'll want to mix all season long.
Ahead, we've found the best New Year's Eve drinks to serve this year. These cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks highlight the best flavors of the season, including pomegranate, cherry, ginger, chocolate, and more. And because it's New Year's Eve, many of them include sparkling wine &mdash which means you'll still get your champagne fix. No matter what you're doing this December 31 &mdash whether you're watching a New Year's movie, planning your 2021 resolutions, or hosting a quarantine NYE party with members of your immediate household &mdash you'll want to have one of these chic drinks on hand.
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Sparkling Chamomile Tea Mocktail
Who says that New Year’s Eve drinks must be all sparkle and no comfort? If you want to unwind with the familiar taste of chamomile tea (but with a funky festive twist), this one is the drink for you. It may be non-alcoholic, but it still sizzles.
Dried chamomile flowers (for garnish)
Directions: Make cold brew chamomile tea by adding one chamomile tea bag to ¾ cup of cold water. Cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours (you can steep overnight if you want strong tea). Once the tea has steeped, fill a tall glass with ice, and pour the cold brew. Add a spoonful of honey and stir until it’s dissolved. Then, stir in the tonic water. To top it all off, garnish with dried chamomile flowers.
Champagne Cocktails to Toast With This New Year’s Eve
Stock the fridge and prepare to bring in the new year with a heavy pour and the largest Champagne flute you can get your hands on. 2020 has been a wild ride of a year, to say the least. While our local stores were at one point bare of toilet paper and paper towels, in the coming days we will begin to see empty shelves lining stores once again where sparkling wines and Champagne once lived as we all drink our way into 2021.
Once you’ve acquired all of the sparkling wine you can, whip up a few of these unique Champagne-based cocktails to clink with. A dash of bitters, a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, or a grapefruit peel rose will have you shaking up tasty rounds like a trained professional.
Whether you’re ending the year in the house (where we all have seemingly spent most of our time this year) or with a few friends, keep one of these tasty cocktails in hand as the clock strikes midnight. Check out the full list below and cross your fingers that 2021 brings brighter days.
Champagne Cocktails to Upgrade Your New Year's
Toasting to 2021 with a classic glass of bubbly is definitely in order&mdashwhether you drink it straight up or in one of these swanky champagne cocktails.
Bubbly may go by many names𠅌hampagne, prosecco, cava, sparkling wine𠅋ut it’s always the perfect drink to ring in the new year. And this year, when it’s not a stretch to say that most people are ready to say good riddance to 2020, is the perfect time to kick it up a notch with a really great bottle of sparkling wine—or a fizzy (and fabulous!) champagne cocktail to toast to the new year.
Remember, you don’t need a really expensive bottle of champagne if you’re mixing it into a champagne punch, bellini, or other fun drink—the flavor of the sparkling wine will likely be tempered by juice, liqueurs, and other ingredients you add to your champagne cocktail.
And while New Year’s Eve may be the big champagne holiday of the year, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying one of these cocktails any time you’re feeling festive𠅌hampagne cocktails make a great addition to Christmas or Hanukkah, or you can start off New Year’s Day brunch with a nice bellini or mimosa.
Mamrie's Cereal Killer
"Eat your favorite box of cereal 'cause your hungover is gonna need it!" says Hart. "Then add the sweetly flavored leftover milk to a creamy cocktail with vodka and coffee liqueur. Essentially, it's a White Russian, but with the flavors of Cocoa Krispies or Cinnamon Toast Crunch!"
Mix all ingredients together in a glass with ice and enjoy with a straw.
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