Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

11 Cocktails to Make for New Year’s Eve

They’re festive, effervescent and caffeinated.

My Golden Dram cocktail
My Golden Dram Image: / Tim Nusog

Count down to the new year in style with these festive cocktails. Whether you’re looking to watch the ball drop on TV while snuggled up on the couch or you’re hosting a full-on end-of-year blowout to usher in 2022, these options will fuel your celebrations into the new year. Featuring ingredients you’d expect for the holiday (did someone say Champagne?) and party-ready punches, these drinks will get the celebrations started.

  • Set the New Year on Fire

    Set the New Year on Fire cocktail / Tim Nusog

    You don’t need fireworks to set off some pyrotechnics this New Year’s Eve. Muddle lime juice with simple syrup and mint leaves, then add scotch and float a bit of Campari on top. That’d be a great cocktail even if you stop there, but a lime shell filled with sugar and Bacardí 151 rum that’s then set aflame brings it to an even higher level.

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  • French 75

    French 75 cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    What about this festive combination of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and Champagne doesn’t scream “a better year lies just ahead”? Just shake everything except the Champagne together and strain it into a flute, then top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. It’s really that easy to make and even easier to drink.

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  • Champagne Holiday Punch

    Champagne Holiday Punch / Tim Nusog

    When you’re hosting a crowd of people, punch is the way to go. Not only will it save you from spending the entire party playing bartender, but a large punch bowl has a way of elevating a regular event into a festive affair. This punch from Eric Castro, co-founder of San Diego’s Polite Provisions and Raised by Wolves, is particularly festive. Genever’s nutty, earthy flavor is enhanced with Old Fashioned bitters, while Cointreau brings sweetness and lemon adds brightness. Of course, Champagne plays a starring role too, with its light bubbles bringing it all together with a fizz fitting for the holidays.

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  • New Year’s Sparkler

    New Year's Sparkler cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    Elevate your typical bubbly with this simple but delicious sparkler. Berry-flavored vodka and pomegranate juice lend their beautiful color and fruity flavor to Champagne, and skewered raspberries help to bring it all together. It’s an easy yet elegant recipe that’s just as perfect for a fancy party as it is for watching the ball drop from the couch.

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  • Rich Coffee

    Rich Coffee cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Does just the idea of staying up until midnight (or later) to usher in the new year make you yawn? Then you need to make some Rich Coffee for your celebrations. This coffee combines lightly sweet creme de cacao, herbal and bitter fernet, plus your favorite brewed coffee. The mix creates a simple but flavorful cocktail that’ll have you buzzing in no time. Top it off with some homemade pistachio whipped cream and enjoy it whenever you feel a hankering for a pick-me-up.

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  • Colletti Royale

    Colletti Royale cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Falling somewhere between a French 75 and a Margarita, this festive drink from Julie Reiner, co-owner of Clover Club and Leyenda in Brooklyn, is an elegant way to get the party started. It calls for combining reposado tequila, Cointreau, and St-Germain with blood orange and lime juices and orange bitters, before topping it all with rosé Champagne.

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  • Lights Out Punch

    Lights Out Punch / Tim Nusog

    This light and fizzy punch from bar pro Joaquin Simo of NYC's Pouring Ribbons will keep you going all night. Cinnamon-orange-tea-infused vermouth is a deliciously different companion for reposado tequila, apple cider, lemon juice and bitters. Top it all with club soda to lighten it up, then garnish with apple slices, cinnamon and nutmeg for seasonal flavors.

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  • Mind Eraser

    Mind Eraser cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Hailing from the 1980s, this bubbly Black Russian is perfect for when you’re looking for something boozy and caffeinated to get the party started. Build it directly in the glass, no shaking, stirring, straining required.

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  • West 75th

    West 75th / Tim Nusog

    An indisputably unusual twist on a French 75, this cocktail calls for mixing together calvados, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and orange bitters. It’s all then topped with lambrusco, a delicious Italian red sparkling wine. The resulting drink is fruity, earthy, and undeniably festive.

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  • Cold-Brew Negroni

    Cold-Brew Negroni / Tim Nusog

    It requires a bit of advance preparation, but this caffeinated Negroni will perk you up for staying awake past midnight. Steep Campari with coffee grounds to infuse, then add gin and sweet vermouth in the usual Negroni proportions. Garnish with an orange twist for festive flair.

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  • My Golden Dram

    My Golden Dram / Tim Nusog

    Essentially a Champagne Cocktail with a slug of whisky, this flute sees an Angostura-bitters-soaked sugar cube topped with 12-year-old scotch and a generous pour of prosecco. It’s an uncommon combination, for sure, but one you’ll want to return to year after year.

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