The party doesn’t have to stop just because the holidays are over. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to do a better job of hanging out with friends or the New Year’s party is still winding down, a few trusty drink recipes will come in handy—sometimes when least expected.
These low-alcohol cocktails are both refreshing and less harsh on the liver, an organ that probably needs a break after the last few weeks. Keep the celebration going for you and your liver with a few light drinks that are easy to make and guaranteed to provide hours of happy drinking.
Bitter, sweet and seasonal, this frothy and easy-drinking sour is a slam-dunk for winter entertaining. The base of the drink is a measure of the bitter Italian aperitif Campari, and the addition of clover honey syrup, lemon juice and egg white creates a fine balance between sweet and sour. Of course, the rosemary garnish adds the perfect aromatic touch to finish.
Get the recipe for the Winter Sour.
This cocktail may contain three different alcoholic ingredients, but each is so low-proof that the glut of booze is hardly noticeable. Dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur and an ancho chile liqueur from central Mexico complement each other oddly well, and a touch of grapefruit bitters and a lemon twist help to bring out the citrus flavors in each ingredient.
Get the recipe for the Estridentista.
Like tequila, but went overboard a few too many times during the holidays? This cocktail uses just a hint of the agave spirit, as well as a jigger of amaretto and one of orange juice. Whether a fabulous brunch is on the horizon or you need an afternoon pick-me-up, this tequila cocktail is a delightfully sweet treat.
Get the recipe for the El Tequiletto.
Dinner party? No problem. The crispness and spice of this tasty elixir helps stimulate the appetite. Ginger, cranberries, apple cider and lemon juice would make a tasty mocktail on their own, but with a glug of gin, this drink is exactly the thing to keep guests happy and hungry.
Get the recipe for the Ginger Smash.
Hold on tight—don’t get dizzy. This tall Averna-based refresher is delicious and steadying. Plus, it’s absurdly easy to make. Just add lemon juice and ginger ale, then the practically medicinal combination will cure all noticeable ailments.
Get the recipe for the Vertigo.
Another low-impact brunch drink, this twist on the beloved Bloody Mary was dreamt up by chef Chris Cosentino. It’s a spicy, beer-based, oyster-topped concoction, like you’d expect. First, make the Roman Mix, which blends everything from horseradish and chiles to vinegar and fish sauce, then mix that with olives, beer and liquor-preserved oysters for a mind-blowing meal-in-a-glass.
Get the recipe for the Bloody Roman.