Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

30 Cocktails to Make for New Year’s Eve

They’ll keep the party going until midnight and beyond.

New Year's Sparkler cocktail / Tim Nusog 

A bottle of sparkling wine is always appropriate for New Year’s Eve, but a fun cocktail will make a party (or night in!) feel even more grand. Mix up a signature sparkling drink with that bottle of Champagne, or ring in the New Year with festive punches and coffee cocktails.

  • Kir Royale

    Kir Royale cocktail / Tim Nusog

    You don’t need a grocery’s list of ingredients to mix up a special sparkling wine cocktail. This two-part drink combines dry Champagne with the black currant liqueur crème de cassis. 

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  • Espresso Martini

    Espresso Martini
    Molly DeCoudreaux

    This drink has extended plenty of evenings since the 1980s, when legendary bartender Dick Bradsell first mixed up the high-voltage combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup. No espresso machine? You can swap in cold-brew concentrate for a freshly pulled shot.

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  • Negroni Sbagliato

    Negroni Sbagliato / Tim Nusog

    A classic Negroni is always a crowd-pleaser. But if you want guests to stay on their feet until midnight, we suggest this low-ABV and equally delicious version, which swaps in prosecco for gin in the equal-parts combination of the spirit, Campari, and sweet vermouth. 

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  • French 75

    French 75 cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    This citrusy sparkler tops a mix of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with Champagne or any sparkling wine. Not a gin drinker? You can easily experiment with the base spirit—some versions call for cognac, producing a richer drink.

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  • Porn Star Martini

    Porn Star Martini / Tim Nusog 

    You’re celebrating, so why choose between a cocktail and Champagne? This over-the-top concoction of vanilla-flavored vodka, passion fruit liqueur, and passion fruit puree comes with a shot of sparkling wine on the side.

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  • Champagne Cocktail

    Champagne Cocktail / Tim Nusog

    If you have a well-stocked home bar, chances are you have everything you need to make this sophisticated sparkler. Just top a sugar cube with Angostura bitters and Champagne (or any sparkling wine of your choice). 

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  • Dry Martini

    Dry Martini / Tim Nusog

    It might be a new year, but we wouldn’t blame you if your drink order remains the same—especially if it’s this timeless gin-and-vermouth combination. To make the most classic version, combine gin and dry vermouth in a 5:1 ratio, then add a dash or two of orange bitters and a lemon twist.

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  • Taylor Precedent

    Taylor Precedent / Tim Nusog

    This Champagne Cocktail riff from bar pro Meaghan Dorman doesn’t use Champagne at all. She instead reaches for crémant, a more affordable alternative, which she adds to a flavorful mixture of applejack, sweet vermouth, cinnamon syrup, and bitters. 

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  • Champagne Holiday Punch

    Champagne Holiday Punch / Tim Nusog

    You can’t go wrong with Champagne. But this flavorful punch from San Diego bar pro Erick Castro is an even more festive option. He combines the drink’s namesake bubbly with genever, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Old Fashioned bitters. 

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  • New Year’s Sparkler

    New Year's Sparkler cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    Upgrade your midnight toast with this fruity and fizzy cocktail. Just top berry-flavored vodka and pomegranate or cranberry juice with your favorite bottle of sparkling wine.

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  • Espress Ya’Self

    Espress Ya’Self cocktail / Todd Coleman

    New York City bartender Anthony A. Baker swaps vodka for a split base of tequila and mezcal in this Espresso Martini variation. He also substitutes cold-brew coffee for espresso and cold-brew liqueur for Kahlúa, producing an extra-smooth cocktail, then adds vanilla extract and two types of bitters.

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  • Set the New Year on Fire

    Set the New Year on Fire cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Give your guests drinks and a show with this dramatic cocktail. The smoky and bittersweet concoction is delicious on its own, thanks to Islay scotch, Campari, muddled mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup. But the real draw is the flaming garnish, which you can re-create by (safely) igniting a rum-soaked lime husk.

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  • Raspberry Bellini

    Raspberry Bellini cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Bar pro Charlotte Voisey gives the brunch classic a special-occasion-worthy upgrade with raspberry vodka, homemade raspberry-peach puree, and your sparkling wine of choice. The result: an extra-pretty (and extra-tasty) drink.  

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  • Cold-Brew Negroni

    Cold-Brew Negroni / Tim Nusog

    Liven up the classic Negroni format by infusing Campari with coffee grounds. Combine with gin and sweet vermouth for a simple yet bold riff on the classic.

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  • Colletti Royale

    Colletti Royale cocktail / Tim Nusog

    The Margarita is pretty perfect as it is, but few things can’t be improved by the addition of Champagne—especially rosé Champagne. For this fizzy riff, New York City bar pro Julie Reiner tops a mixture of reposado tequila, Cointreau, St-Germain liqueur, blood orange and lime juices, and orange bitters with rosé sparkling wine. 

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  • Jell-O Shot

    Jello Shots / Tim Nusog

    You could take your drinks seriously on New Year’s Eve, or you could make a round of Jell-O Shots. No one will complain, especially if you use a high-quality spirit. 

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  • Elderflower Fizz

    Elderflower Fizz / Tim Nusog

    This riff on the St-Germain Cocktail will make guests happy throughout the night. Combine vodka, St-Germain liqueur, lime juice, agave nectar, and sparkling wine to produce a floral and fizzy sparkler.

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  • Oaxacan Punch

    Oaxacan Punch / Tim Nusog

    Mix up this smoky, spicy, and herbaceous punch for mezcal lovers. The drink combines Mexico’s most beloved spirit with Averna amaro, grapefruit and lemon juices, agave nectar, and ginger beer.

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  • West 75th

    West 75th / Tim Nusog

    Think beyond Champagne and pick up a bottle of lambrusco. This French 75 twist tops Calvados, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and orange bitters with the lightly sparkling Italian red wine. 

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  • Vesper

    Vesper cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Channel Bond-era elegance with 007’s favorite drink. Named for the fictional double agent Vesper Lynd, the classic Martini variation combines gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc aperitif.

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  • Death by Morning

    Death by Morning cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This bracing and minty coffee cocktail riffs on both the Espresso Martini and the Death in the Afternoon, a Champagne-and-absinthe concoction. Bartender Dzu Nguyen combines anise-flavored absinthe, Branca Menta, coffee liqueur, espresso or cold-brew concentrate, demerara sugar, and Angostura bitters.

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  • Lights Out Punch

    Lights Out Punch / Tim Nusog

    Don’t worry—this fruity spiced punch will keep the lights on well into the night. Bar pro Joaquín Simó combines reposado tequila, tea-infused vermouth, apple and lemon juices, demerara syrup, two types of bitters, and club soda. 

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  • Pimm’s Fizz

    Pimm's Fizz / Tim Nusog

    There’s more to Pimm’s No. 1 than the Pimm’s Cup. Try this fizzy and frothy example, which combines the liqueur with lime juice, grenadine, ginger syrup, an egg white, and club soda.

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  • Oaxacan Tail

    Oaxacan Tail cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This smoky and spirit-forward drink combines Foro amaro, mezcal, blanco tequila, cold-brew coffee, and chocolate mole bitters. Make a batch to kick-start your night. 

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  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour cocktail / Tim Nusog

    The last party of the year calls for an extra-special drink. This elegant and spirit-forward cocktail combines Islay scotch, late-bottled vintage port, Nonino amaro, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters. 

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  • Miss Elena

    Miss Elena cocktail / Todd Coleman

    Fuel your evening with this elegant Espresso Martini twist from New York City bartender Beau Bradley. He combines vodka, Mr Black coffee liqueur, Nonino amaro, pedro ximénez sherry, and simple syrup.

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  • Sparkling Rose

    Sparkling Rose cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Watch the ball drop in style. This pretty pink drink calls for silver tequila, watermelon and lemon juices, simple syrup, and rosé sparkling wine. 

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  • Boat House Punch

    Boat House Punch / Tim Nusog 

    This punch from Reiner will go down easily any time of year, but sparkling rosé’s effervescence makes it perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash. She adds the wine to a bright and bittersweet mix of Aperol, St-Germain liqueur, a lemon oleo saccharum, and multiple citrus juices.

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  • Figurati

    Figurati cocktail / Tim Nusog

    The name of this Italian sparkler translates to “don’t worry about it.” The easygoing aperitif is as simple to prepare as stirring lambrusco, Cappelletti aperitivo, and Peychaud’s bitters right in the flute. 

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  • Pear & Pub Ale Party Punch

    Pear and pub party ale punch

    Fine & Dandy

    Toast to the end of the year with a punch that features plenty of warming holiday spices. This big-batch drink combines rye whiskey, dark rum, cinnamon-pear syrup, orange and lemon juices, and light beer.

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