Originally Published December 30, 2011. Updated December 13, 2020.
Whether you are going out for New Year‘s Eve or staying in, here are some fun New Year’s Eve drink alcohol and non-alcohol recipes to kick off the New Year.
One classy option at a New Year’s Eve soiree is chilled champagne with a splash of raspberry liqueur – otherwise known as a Kir Royale. Just add a tablespoon of the liqueur (like Chambord) – to each flute of champagne or sparkling wine before serving. Add some frozen raspberries for style and to keep the champagne or sparkling wine chilled.
To celebrate the New Year’s Eve smooches, how about trying an Amaretto Cranberry Kiss. Fill a shaker with a cup of cranberry juice, 1/2 cup of vodka, 4 cup of amaretto and the juice of a fresh-squeezed orange. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with clementine slices. If you want to make in bulk for a party, this drink can be made a day ahead.
What if you are staying at home watching the festivities on the TV in front of a fireplace? How about curling up with a cup of hot cocoa – with a twist. Make your favorite hot chocolate (from scratch or from a mix) and add a sweet-flavored vodka whipped cream to each cup. Make it extra festive by sprinkling cinnamon, nutmeg, or shaved chocolate on top.
If you are pregnant or have other reasons to avoid alcohol, then libations are on the no-no list. Or perhaps you are the designated driver (you rock!), or just want to pass on the liquor, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with soda all night. Try some of these fun mocktails!
Take 1/4 cup peeled and diced cucumber, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 4 to 5 fresh basil leaves, and place in the bottom of a glass. Add ice and 6 ounces of ginger ale. Delish!
Who doesn’t love a Cosmopolitan? So here is a non-alcoholic one to order up (in a martini glass, of course) and party with the rest of them: 3 ounces of cranberry juice, 5 ounces of orange-flavored sparkling water, and one lime wedge. (Note: if you or the bartender doesn’t have orange-flavored sparkling water, ask for 2 ounces of orange juice and 3 ounces of sparkling water to substitute.)
For a New Year’s Day brunch, try this mocktail mimosa: 3 ounces of fresh orange juice and 3 ounces of ginger ale.
I hope you enjoy all or one of these New Year’s Eve drink recipes! Enjoy and make sure to drink responsibly!