Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

11 Essential Cocktails for Your New Year's Eve Parties

Nothing says “let’s start this year fresh” like a festive drink. Whether you’re planning to go all-out with a fancy ball or just watch the year turn over from your couch, you’re going to need something to drink this New Year’s Eve. But plain Champagne is so ... 2017. Ring in the new calendar with these celebratory sips.

  • Pear & Pub Ale Party Punch

    Get the party started with this punch. It’s the perfect size to quell the thirsts of everyone in the crowd, and the combination of whiskey, dark rum and ale will have everyone in a celebratory mood in no time. Plus, an easy-to-make cinnamon pear syrup adds a necessary dose of holiday flavor.

  • Lot 40 100% Pot-Still Rye

    A lot of these cocktails call for whisky. That doesn’t mean you should use whatever bottle you have on hand. Start the New Year right by trying superior Canadian whisky. Lot 40, made with 100 percent pot-still rye, will take these already impeccable recipes to another level.

  • Set the New Year on Fire

    You won’t need fireworks to celebrate the new year when you have this cocktail in hand. Lime, mint and whiskey are topped with a floater of Campari liqueur for a dash of bright red color—and it’s all garnished with a flaming lime shell for a truly stunning presentation.

  • PH Champagne Punch

    Instead of drinking your Champagne on its own, try it mixed into this elegant drink. Cognac and Jamaican rum bump up the bubbly’s booze power, and a spiced Darjeeling tea and homemade oleo saccharum keep the drink fruity and citrus-forward. Serve it in a punch bowl so you can enjoy the party with your guests instead of mixing multiple drinks.

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  • Irish Coffee

    Make sure you can stay up until midnight with this caffeinated concoction. All you need is Irish whiskey, homemade brown sugar syrup and hot coffee, so even the most sleep-deprived partiers can keep their lids open to watch the ball drop.

  • Infused Tom Collins

    If there’s one night you shouldn’t settle for ordinary cocktails, it’s New Year’s Eve. Kick up the flavors of a classic Tom Collins with this simple drink, which combines your choice of infused vodka or tequila with lime juice, simple syrup and club soda. It’s simple yet elegant, and perfect for the holiday.

  • Cardamom & Pop Punch

    Spice up your New Year’s Eve festivities with this complex and warming punch. Muddle sugar cubes, club soda and green cardamom pods together, add rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice and bitters and stir, then top with more club soda. The resulting cocktail is spiced, fresh and utterly irresistible.

  • Winter Sour

    If you’re looking for a low-ABV cocktail that you can drink all night, try this gorgeous sipper. Bitter Campari liqueur serves as the backbone of the cocktail, and the drink gets brightness from fresh lemon juice. Clover honey syrup sweetens things up a bit, and an egg white gives the whole thing a lovely, creamy texture.

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  • Fennel 75

    Fennel 75. Shannon Sturgis

    Give your ordinary French 75 a fresh, herbal twist. Sparkling wine gets extra flavor (and an extra kick) from tequila and fennel liqueur. Fresh lime juice and raw honey syrup lighten it up a bit, while orange bitters keep things interesting from first sip to last.

  • Hey Bulldog!

    Got some peppermint schnapps leftover from Christmas? Use it in this wintry tipple. Fruity Chambord liqueur’s raspberry and vanilla notes are enhanced when mixed with gin and peppermint schnapps. It’s all topped off with a pour of 7UP for a sweet and spirit-forward sipper.

  • Final Indulgence

    Toast 2017 one last time with the Final Indulgence. Bourbon, port and Tempus Fugit crème de Cacao a la Vanille mix with homemade fig syrup and cherry bark vanilla bitters for a deeply delicious cocktail. Garnish with figs and smoked cinnamon sticks, and say goodbye to 2017 in style.

  • Holiday Sparkler Wine

    Toast to the new year with this sparkling ruby-red tipple. Rosé wine, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice and orange bitters combine for a light and refreshing drink that will carry your guests through to the countdown. Serve in a Champagne flute, and garnish with rock candy stir sticks to really amp up the vibe.