Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion New Year's

11 Cocktails to Make on New Year’s Eve

My Golden Dram. Image: Tim Nusog

You can’t go wrong with bubbly on New Year’s Eve, but why not treat your guests to something a little more special. After all, it’s not every day that you get to usher in a new decade. Ring in 2020 with these 11 cocktails.

  • Bourbon Rosemary Punch

    Tim Nusog

    If you’re hosting a crowd, you’re going to want to make a batch of this punch to keep everyone well-hydrated through midnight. Rosemary-infused Aperol is the secret weapon that helps to elevate bourbon, honey syrup, grapefruit juice, dry sparkling wine and soda water.

  • Midnight Oil

    Make sure you can stay up through the countdown with this slightly sweet, slightly caffeinated sipper. The bonus: The combination of rum, cold-brew coffee, ginger liqueur, banana liqueur and vanilla extract tastes exactly like coffee served with a slice of banana bread.

  • Bonus: 5 Drinkable Desserts to Start the New Year Right

    Want to welcome 2019 with something a little more indulgent than Champagne? Drinks featuring Mozart chocolate cream and pumpkin spice liqueur are fit for any New Year’s celebration. There are countless ways to showcase Mozart’s variety of all-natural liqueurs, but these five dessert cocktails are a delicious place to start.

  • Little Kiss

    Toast to midnight all night long with this drinkable kiss. Strawberry shrub and white crème de cacao make an otherwise ordinary glass of Champagne taste like a decadent chocolate-covered strawberry. You won’t even need dessert when you can just drink this instead.

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  • Set the New Year on Fire

    You don’t have to set off fireworks to have some sparks on New Year’s Eve. Muddle mint leaves with lime juice and simple syrup, then add scotch, crushed ice and Campari. Garnish with a flaming lime shell for a dramatic effect that’ll impress even the pickiest guests.

  • Celebratini

    Get a head start on your New Year juice cleanse with this twist on a Martini. Celery and apple juices lend their fresh flavors and vibrant color to vodka and dry vermouth, while celery bitters add some extra depth. Don’t forget to top with a celery frond for extra greenery.

  • Old Oaxacan

    Champagne and mezcal? Don’t mind if we do. Muddle mint leaves, mezcal, simple syrup, lime juice and Angostura bitters then shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

  • Nomayo

    Tim Nusog

    This cocktail is strong and sophisticated, so it will make even the most casual living room party feel like an elegant affair. Just shake gin, St-Germain, Aperol and lemon juice with ice until chilled, then strain and top with Champagne and a lime twist.

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  • Tom & Jerry

    Warm up with this classic. A homemade batter adds creamy richness to dark rum and cognac, while hot milk brings everything together and helps warm it all up. Garnish with a mixture of freshly grated nutmeg, ground clove and ground allspice to add a hint of warming spice.

  • New York Sour

    Even if you can’t be in New York City to watch the ball drop, you can still partake in the Big Apple life with this special sour. A classic mix of whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice and an egg white get upgraded when topped with a red wine floater.

  • Lanesborough

    It’s time to step up your Mimosa game. Perfect for New Year’s brunch, this cocktail takes Champagne and elevates it with a splash of Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and passion fruit juice. It’s a fruity combination that’s so good you’ll want to drink it all year.

  • My Golden Dram

    My Golden Dram. Tim Nusog

    A cross between a classic Champagne Cocktail and a Seelbach, this drink is perfect for celebrating a new decade. Soak a sugar cube with Angostura bitters, then add a dash of scotch, stir lightly and top with prosecco for a bit of sweetness and sparkle.