New Years Eve is a special night. It’s the one night where you can finally brush off everything that happened the year before and start off anew. For many, that means New Years resolutions. Maybe you want to finally get back in shape or finally learn how to crochet. Either way, a new year is full of new possibilities and new adventures. The ending of another calendar means you can wipe the slate clean. But, before all of that happens, you have to get your drink on.
No New Years party is complete without great booze choices. Obviously, when the ball drops and everyone is singing “Auld Lang Syne”, you’ll want to grab a smooch from your loved one and toast to a new year with a glass of (hopefully expensive) Champagne. But, before all of that, you’re going to need something else to drink and that’s where cocktails come into play.
Bartenders across the country have designed cocktails specifically for New Years Eve and we listed 5 of the best. Check them out below.
Ültra Violet Rain
By Rael Petit at Delilah NYC
- 2 oz Jägermeister and Red Brussel Sprout Extract
- 1 oz Champagne
- ½ oz Vodka
- ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ oz Ginger Syrup
Preparation: Build lemon juice, ginger syrup and vodka into shaker. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with champagne. Float Jägermeister and red Brussel sprout extract on the top of the drink. When combined with the citrus, the extract changes from blue to ultra violet.
By Andiron Steak & Sea in Las Vegas
- 1/2 oz. Casamigos Silver
- 1/2 oz. Aperol
- 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup
- 3 oz. Brut Prosecco
Method: Combine all ingredients except Prosecco and shake with ice. Add Prosecco to mixture and strain into a chilled champagne flute.
Our Best Year Yet
By Blue Harbour in Tampa, Florida
- .75 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Simple syrup
- 1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
- .75 oz Lilith Blanc
- 2 oz Champagne
- Lemon disk, for garnish
Preparation: Mix all ingredients into a stainless-steel shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a champagne flute. Top off with 2 oz of champagne and garnish with a fresh lemon disk on the rim of the glass.
The Perfect Paloma
By Dulce Vida Spirits in Austin, Texas
- 1.5 oz. Dulce Vida Grapefruit
- 2 oz. Topo Chico Mineral Water or Sparkling Water
- 2 oz. Fresca or Sprite
- 2 Limes for lime juice
Preparation: 1. Pour Dulce Vida Grapefruit, Topo Choco, Fresca and lime juice into glass. 2. Stir to mix well. 3. Garnish with lime and enjoy
By Head Bartender Jonathon Howard at Henley in Nashville
- 2 oz. Titos Vodka
- ½ oz. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
- ½ oz. Simple (1:1)
- 1 Dbl Shot Expresso
Preparation: Shake Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with 3 espresso beans.