New Year’s Eve not only deserves a great celebration but also some great drinks! This wonderful holiday marks the start of a brand New Year and the end of one. Whether you’re throwing a New Year’s party or just looking for some recipes to try out, we have definitely got you covered! Check out these great New Year’s Eve drink recipes and pour up something different for your night.
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The Cran Royale combines homemade cranberry syrup with champagne for a sparkling and refreshing drink. This is one of the New Year’s Eve drink recipes that you can actually get started on beforehand. The cranberry syrup can be made up to two weeks in advance and left covered and chilled. Get ready to enjoy a drink that’s perfect for sipping and cheering to the New Year. Check out this sparkling cranberry recipe below!
Cranberry-Thyme Syrup –
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce Campari
- 12 ounces Champagne or dry sparkling wine
- Fresh cranberries (for serving)
- Cook thyme, cranberries, sugar, and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan over low, swirling pan occasionally, just until sugar is dissolved and cranberries have released their color, 12–15 minutes (do not reduce liquid). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl or measuring cup and let cool.
- For each cocktail, combine 1 oz. cranberry-thyme syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice, and ¼ oz. Campari in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with 3 oz. Champagne; garnish with 3 cranberries on a skewer (optional).
Evening in Kingston
This is one of the New Year’s Eve drink recipes that will take you on vacation without having to live your home. The Evening in Kingston combines sparkling wine with Jamaican rum for a drink that will definitely impress you and your guests. This red drink stands out from the crowd and will definitely make your New Year’s celebration that much more special. Get all the details on this recipe below and serve up something special!
- 1½ cups amber rum (such as Appleton Estate)
- 1 cup Campari
- 1 cup sweet vermouth
- 1–2 750-ml bottles chilled sparkling wine
- 12 orange twists (optional)
- Combine rum, Campari, and vermouth in a large pitcher; chill until very cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
- For each cocktail, pour 2 oz. rum mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice and top off with 2–3 oz. chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange twist, if desired.
Christmas may be over but don’t let the name fool you, this drink is definitely perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebration. This is another one of the New Year’s Eve drink recipes that you can make in advance. The spiced syrup that the recipe calls for you can be made up to a month in advance and stored. This recipe combines cranberry juice with spices for a drink that’s sure to pack a punch! Get the recipe below and cheers to the New Year under the mistletoe.
Spiced Syrup –
- 1⅓ cups raw sugar
- 3 tablespoons allspice berries, cracked
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
- 1 750 ml bottle amontillado sherry
- 1 750 ml bottle dry vermouth
- 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon cranberry juice cocktail
- 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Blood orange or navel orange wheels, fir sprigs (optional), cranberries, and cinnamon sticks (for serving)
- Stir spiced syrup, sherry, vermouth, cranberry juice, and lemon juice in a large pot or bowl.
- If serving from a dispenser with a spigot, line sides at the bottom with a row of orange wheels and fill one-quarter full with crushed ice to hold orange wheels against sides. Create another layer of orange wheels and add just enough ice to hold them against sides. Repeat until dispenser is full.
- Pour punch over ice and top with fir sprigs, if desired. Serve punch in ice-filled glasses garnished with cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and orange wheels.
- If serving in a punch bowl, add 4 cups ice cubes to punch and stir until very cold, about 1 minute. Remove ice with a slotted spoon. Ladle into ice-filled glasses garnished with cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and orange wheels.