Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

11 Cocktails to Make for New Year’s Eve

They’re festive, effervescent and caffeinated.

Set the New Year on Fire cocktail
Set the New Year on Fire Image: / Tim Nusog

It’s time to kick the past year out the door and welcome a chance for new beginnings and fresh starts—an effort best done with a drink in hand. Whether you’re staying up ’til the wee hours and are looking for something caffeinated to get you through the night or you want something bubbly to lend an elegant flair to an otherwise casual evening, these cocktails bring a festive touch for ringing in the New Year in style.

  • 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.

  • Champagne Holiday Punch

    Champagne Holiday Punch
    Arlene Ibarra

    Break out the bubbly and add some extra sparkle to your celebration with this large-format drink. Genever’s nutty and earthy flavors add a hint of spice to Cointreau, lemon juice and simple syrup, while Champagne brings its bubbles. Finish it all with some bitters and club soda, and garnish with star anise, pineapple slices and nutmeg.

  • Boozy Hot Chocolate

    Boozy Hot Chocolate / Tim Nusog

    This decadent treat will warm you from the inside and help end the year on a sweet note. Chopped semisweet chocolate and milk mix to make a simple homemade hot chocolate that’s the perfect base for the spirit of your choice. (We recommend bourbon.) Of course, it wouldn’t be a true hot chocolate without marshmallows, so toss a few of those on and enjoy.

  • 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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  • Maxwell

    Maxwell cocktail / Tim Nusog

    If you’re celebrating with a more intimate party for two, treat your date to this sparkling cocktail. Cucumber juice and cucumber vodka add refreshing flavor, while Cointreau brings light sweetness and lemon juice adds brightness. Top it off with brut Champagne or your choice of sparkling wine.

  • Ring the Alarm

    Ring the Alarm cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Ring in the New Year with this type of alarm. This unique and spicy concoction will help you make sure the year’s end is filled with warmth. Shake mezcal, red-chile-infused Aperol, and pineapple and lime juices together until they’re blended into a sweet, spicy, bitter and smoky mix. Strain into a glass rimmed with equal parts sea salt and Old Bay seasoning, and garnish with a lime wheel. 

  • Lights Out Punch

    Lights Out Punch / Tim Nusog

    This light and fizzy punch 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.

  • 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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  • Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee / Tim Nusog

    Not sure whether you’ll be able to keep your eyes open to see the clock turn? This classic will help you out. Brewed coffee lends a jolt of caffeine, while brown sugar lends energizing effects and a shot of Irish whiskey brings the party to the glass. Top it with whipped cream and enjoy. 

  • 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.

  • 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.