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11 Festive Drinks to Ring in the New Year

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
December 26, 2016 · 3.2k Views

Are you planning to close out 2016 by throwing a big New Year’s Eve party for family and friends? Or does a quiet night home curled up on the couch with popcorn and a movie sound more up your alley? However you celebrate, the night won’t be complete without enjoying a delicious cocktail or two. Here’s a list of fun and festive drinks to ring in the New Year.

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11 Festive Drinks to Ring in the New Year champagne flutes

sorbet champagne

Champagne cocktails are a given during the holidays. Leave it up to Martha Stewart to add a festive twist to the classic bubbly. This New Year’s Eve, make the drink using a scoop of sorbet in place the traditional sugar and bitters. Visit Marthastewart.com for the complete recipe.


cider 75

A variation on the classic French 75, this inventive concoction is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Hard cider pairs wonderfully with honey, lemon juice, and sparkling wine. Pleasant and refreshing, this drink will have everyone raising a glass in celebration. Visit Wholefoods.com for complete recipe.


butterbeer jello shots

This delicious recipe will make you forget about any bad experiences you had with Jello shots in college. Ditch the saccharine sweet jello packets for a combination of crème soda, vanilla vodka, and butterscotch schnapps. Use plain gelatin to set the mixture. Dust with colorful sugar crystals and voilá! You have a fun and entertaining drink. Visit Tablespoon.com for full tutorial.


fortune cookie champagne glasses

We love this creative take on the traditional drink garnish. It’s quick and easy, and will leave a memorable impression on your party guests. All you have to do is put fortune cookies on champagne glasses that will be passed out just before the big countdown. At the stroke of midnight, everyone can make a toast and read their fortunes for the New Year. Visit Trading Paper Crowns for the tutorial.



Serve guests this light and refreshing cocktail on New Years and they will be talking about it long after the party’s over. Originating in Venice, the Sgroppino is simple to make and calls for Prosecco, chilled vodka, lemon sorbet, and chopped fresh mint for garnish. Check out celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ full recipe at Foodnetwork.com.

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The Moscow mule has had a revival in recent years and we love this cheerful version of the classic. For extra pizzazz, add pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, and honey to the original recipe and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. The color is so lovely, you’ll want to ditch the traditional mugs and serve the drink in clear cocktail glasses. Visit Delish.com for the complete recipe.


cranberry and st. germain pitcher sparkler

Large batch drinks are always a good idea on New Years. Forget the boring “bowl of punch” and opt for the Cranberry & St. Germain Pitcher Sparkler. Quick and easy to make, it uses only four ingredients – vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and club soda. Make a stylish, elegant impression and serve with gold accented cocktail straws and napkins. Visit thekitch.com for full tutorial.


maple cranberry bourbon cocktail

This jovial cocktail made with seasonal cranberries will be hit with whiskey drinkers. While the Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini looks fancy, it is actually quit easy to make. The sweetness from the bourbon maple syrup is a perfect compliment to the tart cranberries. Visit Marlamerideth.com for the full recipe.


champagne margaritas

You know it’s going to be a good night when there’s a cocktail that pairs two party favorites – champagne and margaritas. After mixing the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, pour into sugar-crusted champagne classes and garnish with a lime wedge. Visit Thekitchenismyplayground.com for complete tutorial.


cognac sparklers

Guests will love this warm, yet refined cocktail that pairs two favorite spirits of winter – Cognac and hard apple cider. To make it extra classy, serve in champagne flutes and top with dash of bitters. Visit Marthastewart.com for full recipe.


bloody marys

New Year’s Eve celebrations got the best of you. And for those times when the best remedy is a little hair of the dog, Bloody Marys are the best option. Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence has a great pitcher recipe for the day-after cocktail to serve at New Year’s Day brunch or nurse while watching a bowl game. Visit Foodnetwork.com for full recipe.


Take this New Years Eve festivities to the next level with an inspired cocktail menu. And the great thing about all these drink ideas is that they don’t require the expertise of a mixologist or a lot of time to make.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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