Ring in the New Year with these 11 cocktail recipes


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Here comes 2015! What better way to celebrate than with one of these 11 cocktails and mocktails? This roundup of margaritas, martinis, spiked champagne and minty shots has a little something for everyone at your party.


1. Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail

Source: Garnish with Lemon 

Throwing a fancy soirée? Elderflower adds a subtle, sweet undertone to this cocktail from Garnish with Lemon, while the Prosecco lightens up the drink nicely.  


2. Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

Source: Dinners, Dishes & Desserts 

No time to play mixologist? No problem! Check out this fizzy good cocktail from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts, which keeps things quick and easy with some cranberry and vodka. Cheers!


3. Spiced Boozy Cherries

Source: Cooking in Stilettos 

Okay, so this isn't a drink. But you'll definitely catch a good buzz after nibbling on a few of these spiced boozy cherries from Cooking in Stilettos.


4. Champagne Margaritas

Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground 

A champagne cocktail with a margarita twist? The Kitchen Is My Playground definitely intrigued us with this one. Enjoy!


5. Merry Minty Shots

Source: Kiran Tarun 

Kiran Tarun whips up a batch of these merry minty shots. You'll want to sip these, as oppose to shotgunning them like it's last call at your usual haunt because they are packed with lots of booze. And they look pretty festive, too!


6. Maple Cranberry Bourbon Martini

Source: Family Fresh Cooking 

Family Fresh Cooking's recipe for this holiday-rific martini uses unsweetened cranberry juice, bourbon, maple bourbon syrup and tops it off with fresh cranberries. This is a cocktail that can do triple duty at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.


7. French Pear Martini

Source: Freutcake (Style Me Pretty) 

This Style Me Pretty martini recipe from Freutcake combines St. Germain elderflower liqueur, pear vodka and chilled champagne. Yum!


8. Reindeer Bubbles Cocktail Recipe

Source: HGTV 

We love this adorably named cocktail from HGTV, which combines champagne or Prosecco, green sugar for the rim, pomegranate seeds, and pomegranate syrup.


9. Brazilian Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail

Source: Living Locurto 

Living Locurto (we love that little owl) gives you the option of boozing this cocktail up with some champagne or keeping it alcohol-free with some Sierra Mist.


10. Pomegranate Spiked Champagne

Source: Tokyo Terrace 

Need a bowl of quick champagne punch? Check out this recipe from Tokyo Terrace, which combines one bottle champagne with half a cup pomegranate juice and garnishes with pomegranate seeds.


11. Charred Lemon Gin Sparkler

Source: Serious Eats 

Serious Eats scores some serious points with this recipe for a charred lemon gin sparkler. "The caramel-y depth and toned-down tartness of seared lemon is a total game-changer in this make-ahead gin cocktail that's great for crowds." Make ours a double.


Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year, and please drink responsibly always.


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