5 Fun New Years Eve Drink Ideas

For most people the holidays don't officially end on Christmas. And for good reason! For the last month or so we have all been inundated with dinners (so difficult!), shopping mayhem, and family gatherings. So why wouldn't we want...

2014 drinksFor most people the holidays don't officially end on Christmas. And for good reason! For the last month or so we have all been inundated with dinners (so difficult!), shopping mayhem, and family gatherings. So why wouldn't we want some time to celebrate another year of prosperity and joy while saying goodbye to the old year with what many think to be the biggest party of the entire year? New Year's Eve! The party of parties.

With that, we thought we would bring you some fantastic New Years Eve Drink Ideas to bring some life to your party.

Russian Caravan Cocktail 

This sweet, award-winning cocktail has some interesting ingredients that will impress your party-goers and make you look like a pro.

  • 1 1/4 oz bourbon
  • 1 ounce pine-smoked black tea, infused with honey while steeping, then chilled
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Club soda

Combine all ingredients (except for the club soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice. Top up with club soda and garnish with a lemon twist.

Happy New Year

No really, that's its name. This delightfully boozy champagne cocktail is essentially sugarless, because instead of an added sugar-base, you use port instead.

  • 1/4 oz brandy
  • 3/4 oz ruby port
  • 3/4 oz orange juice
  • 4 oz Champagne (or sparkling wine)

Pour everything but the Champagne into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a Champagne flute. Pour in Champagne.

Daiquiri
Daiquiri

Pomegranate Daiquiris

A frozen drink always delights, and pomegranate is the perfect companion to alcohol by balancing the sweet with the bitter.

  • 3 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup cassis or cranberry liqueur
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes, or kiwi slices, for garnish
  • Combine pomegranate juice, rum, cassis, and lime juice in a container. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
  • In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups juice mixture and 1 cup ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into martini or wine glasses.

Countdown Cocktail

This simple and elegant drink will have party-goers wanting more.

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3 oz blood orange juice
  • 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
  • blood orange slice for garnish

Pour the gin and blood orange juice into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Stir. Add bitters. Garnish with a wedge of orange.

Martini
Martini

Classic Martini

Nothing says New Year's (aside from Champagne) like a classic gin martini. These simple sippers scream party and class.

  • 2 oz gin or vodka (don't skimp on the quality!)
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Pimento-stuffed green olives
  • Lemon Twist

Pour liqueur and vermouth into a  shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake or stir until cold. Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Serve straight up (no ice). Garnish with olives or a lemon twist.

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