30 New Year’s drinks

30 New Year’s drinks

When we all close in on another journey around the sun and look forward to the next, it’s a must to toast to each other, especially at a New Year’s dinner party.

Whether you prefer to whip unique spins on classic bubbles, make something creamy and cozy, or play bartender with fun mocktails like Blake Lively, there are many wonderful drinks out there that will keep the urge to (and probably a little after) the ball falling.

Honey 75

Alejandra Ramos

Bring a little sweetness into the new year with this twist on the classic French 75 Champagne cocktail. Honey 75 is made with flavorful orange blossom honey syrup instead of sugar for a slightly more exciting taste.

Anthony Contrinos Espresso Martini


Sometimes it’s hard to choose between a cocktail or dessert. With an espresso martini you can have both. But beware: The combination of caffeine and alcohol is strong, so just stick to a single serving.

Apple Cider Mojitos

Alejandra Ramos

How Alejandra Ramos drinks mojitos in the winter in New York: local apple cider, warm winter spices like cinnamon and cloves, fresh mint and limes. It’s a seasonal twist on the drink that so often fills her glass through the bulging summer months.

The lemon ball drop

Alejandra Ramos

Cocktails are what accessories are for outfits, and none of them are complete without the perfect finishing touch. A sparkling sugar-frosted grape “ball” decorates the top of this festive New Year’s twist on the classic lemon drop cocktail. Plus, eating grapes at midnight is a stroke of luck in Spain and Latin America.

Holiday Toast


The holidays call for a festive sparkling drink, and this one does not disappoint. The sweet and sour pomegranate complements the elegant taste of sparkling wine and adds a beautiful ruby ​​color to the drink.

Champagne, Tequila and Grapefruit Cocktail


You can serve this festive cocktail for New Year’s Eve or for brunch on New Year’s Day. It’s a good bet for a classic, and tequila gives it an extra punch.


Courtesy Alejandra Ramos

The easiest way to describe coquito for those unfamiliar with it is to call it “Puerto Rican eggnog.” Those two do shares some similarities – both are creamy dairy-based cocktails enjoyed during the Christmas season, but for those of us who grew up with coquito, the comparison removes the fact that coquito is a beloved beverage with rich culture, traditions and passionate admirers of its hero own.

If you enjoy coconuts or festive drinks added to strong rum, you will like coquito. In fact, you will probably fall wildly in love with it.

French 75 Cocktail


A French 75 is a great cocktail to entertain because it is easy to make and customizable: You can add a small amount of your favorite liqueur (eg St. Germain, Chartreuse, Galliano, Amaretto, Campari, Benedictine , Italicus, etc.) to the basic recipe to adapt it to your (or your guests’) preferences.

Carsons Brandy Alexander

Williams Sonoma

“For as long as I can remember, my mother mingled during the holidays and made her famous Brandy Alexander cocktails. It’s as much a family tradition as the happy man himself. It’s such a tradition that we even named our family dog ​​after drink and call her ‘Lexi’ too short, “says Carson Daly about this family recipe.

St.  Germain Champagne Cocktail

Maureen Petrosky / TODAY

This festive champagne cocktail is simple, fun and sophisticated. If you do not already have a bottle of St Germain, a tasty elderflower liqueur, on your bar, now is the time to add one.

Milk Punch Slush


This is one of the easiest party drinks you can make and it tastes like ice cream but has a great kick from brandy.

Manhattan cocktail

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

A great Manhattan cocktail only needs three things: to be thoroughly chilled, well-balanced and enjoyed among friends.

Make it Midnight Cocktail

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This is Maureen Petrosky’s bid for espresso martini. Grappa sometimes gets a bad rap for tasting hard, but it can be great if it comes from an advanced source. Moscato grappa is a great place to start, especially in this caffeinated cocktail.

Ginger Spice Punch


Forget shaking individual drinks for each guest. Instead, make things easy for yourself by mixing a large portion of this bourbon punch with apple cider and ginger beer.

Winter Champagne Cocktail

Maureen Petrosky / TODAY

This versatile sparkling wine cocktail can be made with Champagne or prosecco and any kind of citrus fruit. A sprig of rosemary is a beautiful garnish that only adds a touch of flavor.

Eggnog without egg (Tawny Creme Cocktail)

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Leslie Sbrocco’s lighter offering of eggnog is made with almond milk and sweetened condensed milk – it’s still very sweet and rich, but will not weigh you down like traditional eggnog.

Bright Spirit

Discovery +

This is a simple and straightforward cocktail, but it tastes so bright and festive. The sweet raspberry notes and sour lime blend perfectly into the palate.

Holiday Mojitos (Merry, Merry Mojitos)

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Refreshing mojitos are not just for hot holidays. This great batch recipe is perfect for holiday parties in cold or hot weather.

Gaspares winter punch

Clover Club

Classic mulled wine is garnished with Campari and cranberries for a hot punch that also forms a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday party buffet table.

Peppermint Martini (Peppermint-this)

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

How sweet is this peppermint martini? Well, it tastes great and is also super easy to make!

Fourth Hour Fizz Cocktail

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

If it’s just not the holiday in your house without a red-and-green theme, you’ll love this quick and easy cocktail with vodka, sparkling red wine and an herbal garnish.

Festive Prosecco

Courtesy Elena Besser

This drink looks and feels super festive for the holiday with very little effort. Start with a bottle of bubbly (like a dry prosecco or champagne), add cranberry juice and pomegranate juice, stir around and top with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries. It is both beautiful to look at and delicious to drink.

Bourbon cozy

Samantha Lauro

If you fancy chocolate, this will satisfy your sweet tooth. Mixologist Garvey Alexander really enjoys having this as the grand finale instead of dessert.

Mocktails and kid-friendly drinks

Bubbles and Cran

Vivian Chan

Bubbles are not just for champagne and seltzer. This drink is inspired by the beautiful wreaths that decorate the storefronts of New York City during the holidays. It will awaken your palate with the burning kick of ginger.

Kumquat Fauxhito

Vivian Chan

This is a wintery twist on a classic summer cocktail. Vivian Chan loves kumquats because they are sour with a touch of sweetness. In high season, they are so juicy that they explode with freshness to wake you from the winter blouse.

Spicy Espresso Martino

Vivian Chan

This espresso “martino” is the perfect pick-me-up New Year’s Eve so you can stay up for the midnight ball. The hot spices bring this mocktail to a whole new level. It’s a great way to start the new year on a sweet note.

Vanilla milk and chocolate chip cake slider

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Are you celebrating the new year with kids (or cute adults)? These cookies and milk slides are a fun, festive way to give everyone the sugar rush they want.

Reindeer Trace hot chocolate

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

This hot chocolate tastes like holidays, and children have fun decorating it themselves.

Ginger Hibiscus Mocktail

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

This mocktail is a typical agua fresca in Mexico made from hibiscus flowers – with spicy addition of ginger.

Juniper & Tonic

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Gin and tonic are a classic because the combination allows the botanists of an amazing gin to break through. By subbeing junipers for gin, you still have juniper berries and plant extracts on full display in this drink without adding alcohol.

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