Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

11 Essential Cocktails to Try for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Fennel 75. Image: Shannon Sturgis

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start fresh. But first you have to send the old year out in style. Whether you’re ringing in 2019 with a big party or just a quiet celebration, we’ve found the 11 cocktails you have to make to start the new year right.

  • Patrinos

    Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, adds intrigue and depth to this hot cocktail. If you’re ringing in the new year outdoors, fill a thermos with this combination of the liqueur, coffee and steamed milk to keep you warm as you watch the fireworks.

  • Spiced Pear Bellini

    The first brunch of 2019 should have something to differentiate it from all the rest, so make this your seasonal upgrade to the standard Bellini. The smooth mix of pear brandy, pear purée, cinnamon and sparkling wine creates a sweet, seasonal sipper you’ll be talking about all year long.

  • Hot Gin Punch

    If your guests are in the mood for something fruity and warm, this punch will do the trick. Gin and Madeira wine are a sweet and strong base for fruits like lemon, orange and pineapple, while winter spices keep it all from becoming too summery. Pair with leftover gingerbread from the holidays.

  • Green Beast

    Tim Nusog

    Chill out while also getting into the party mood this New Year’s Eve. This big-batch cocktail will keep the whole crowd hydrated and refreshed thanks to absinthe, lime juice, simple syrup and water. Garnish with cucumber slices to keep the relaxed vibes going.

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  • Set the New Year on Fire

    What’s a New Year’s Eve celebration without some fireworks? This cocktail brings the pyrotechnics (safely) inside. Simply muddle lime juice, simple syrup and mint, then stir in a healthy dose of scotch. Top with a Campari float, and garnish with a flaming lime shell.

  • Darth Mauled Pomegranate Cider

    Tim Nusog

    If you’d prefer to ring in the new year from the couch while watching your favorite Sci-Fi franchise, this cocktail is for you. This warming combination of pomegranate juice, apple cider, spice and your choice of rum or whiskey is reminiscent of mulled wine and spiked cider combined into one.

  • Boozy Hot Chocolate

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    Unleash your inner kid with this spin on everyone’s childhood favorite. If you’re hosting a crowd, make a base of semisweet chocolate and milk, then let your guests decide which liquor they’d like to spike it with. The possibilities are endless; everything from Kahlúa to Green Chartreuse will taste great.

  • Sparkling Ginger Daisy

    You won’t want to settle for plain sparkling wine at midnight after you’ve tried this bubbly creation. Ginger liqueur lends its subtle spice to brut prosecco, while gin adds an extra kick. Maraschino cherry, lemon juice and grenadine give the cocktail brightness in flavor and color, and a sugared rim is a fun addition for the memorable night.

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  • Little Kiss

    If you don’t know who you’re going to smooch when the clock strikes 12, then this cocktail can help. Made with strawberry shrub, white crème de cacao and Champagne, it’s a chocolate-covered strawberry in a glass and the perfect substitute when there isn’t another pair of lips nearby.

  • Green Tox

    Get a head start on your 2019 resolution to be healthier with this nutrient-packed powerhouse. You’ll need to make your own “green goodness” juice out of kale, lemon, celery, cucumber, ginger and apple. Then mix it with vodka, agave and fresh lemon for a drink that’ll give you your vitamins and a buzz all in one.

  • Fennel 75

    Fennel 75. Shannon Sturgis

    You’ll love to toast the new year with this elegant and simple glass of bubbly. Sparkling wine is a perfect light base for fennel liqueur, lime juice, honey syrup and just a hint of orange bitters.