New Years Eve is the perfect time of year to bust out some truly impressive cocktail skills. Whether you’re hosting the night, bringing cocktails to another party or just pre-gaming before going out, these cocktails will help you elevate New Years Eve to another level.
Yes it isn’t New Years Eve without champagne. While a regular mimosa should be relegated to brunch, this grapefruit version is well suited for the evening celebrations.
- 1.5 oz grapefruit juice
- 3 oz champagne
- Sprig of thyme
Method: Fill a champagne flute a 1/3 of the way with grapefruit juice, approximately 1.5 oz. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a sprig of thyme. Enjoy all night.
This is another one of those “so classic it can’t be ignored” type cocktails for New Years. The martini is a staple of elegance and celebratory libations.
- 2.5 oz gin
- 0.5 oz dry vermouth
- 3 cocktail onions
Method: In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake gin and vermouth until blended (yes I shake my martinis). Pour into chilled martini glass, straining out ice. Thread onions onto skewer or toothpick and add to the glass.
This is a refreshing take on the mint julep but with the added benefit of more champagne! Bring on the bubbles.
6 mint leaves, plus sprig for serving
0.75 oz simple syrup
3 oz Champagne
0.5 oz cognac
1 dash bitters
Method: Muddle mint leaves and simple syrup in a julep cup or an old fashioned glass. Add Champagne, cognac, and bitters. Fill glass partway with crushed ice and stir gently to combine. Add more crushed ice on top and garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon twist.
Bombay Sapphire Winter Mule
Look Moscow Mules are delicious and so is rosemary, so together they make the perfect holiday pairing for some celebrations. Plus you get to drink it out of a copper mug, so it’s just that much cooler.
- 1.5 oz Rosemary infused Bombay Sapphire Gin*
- 0.5 oz Benedictine
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 3 oz Fever Tree ginger beer
- Sprig of rosemary
*Rosemary infused gin: In a large mason jar add 500ml of Bombay gin and six fresh sprigs of rosemary. Seal the jar and keep in a cool, dark place for approximately six days, shaking the jar once daily. Remove the rosemary sprigs and pour into a bottle.
Method: In a Collins glass add the rosemary infused gin, Benedictine and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Stir gently to combine and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Honestly a negroni works for practically any occasion, and so to mix it up just a bit, this variation is a little lighter but still packs that unique negroni taste.
- 1.5 oz London Dry Gin
- 1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
- 0.5 oz Suze liqueur
- Lemon twist
Method: Combine gin, Lillet, and Suze in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and stir until very cold, about 30 seconds. Garnish with a lemon twist.