Getting ready for the big party to bid farewell to 2015 and welcome the New Year? Then be sure to check out the following selection of must-have drinks for your cocktail menu.
From: Sippity Sup
To make this gorgeous cocktail that evokes pinecones and the festive season, Greg Henry of Sippity Sup used FOS Greek Mastiha — a Greek liqueur made from the mastic trees. Henry explains that mastic was once used to flavor the chewing gum favored by the ancient world. It's no accident that it brings to mind pinecones, either. Mastic is a resin made from the sap of evergreen shrubs.
Where do you get wild hibiscus flowers in syrup? If you don't find any at your local farmers market or organic foods store, try here. Combine the flower with some Prosecco and you have one classy-looking cocktail to ring in the New Year.
From: Go Go Go Gourmet
This one's really easy and doesn't require any hard-to-find ingredients. All you need are blueberry vodka, lemonade and Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice. We know what you're thinking. Where do you get that last ingredient? Well, we hear that it's a little too sweet anyway, so how about whipping up a homemade version? Check out this recipe from The Kitchn.
From: Muy Bueno Cookbook
Wondering what to do with those leftover candy canes? Wonder no more. Christmas may be over but this pretty cocktail will do just nicely for a New Year's Eve bash. Easy to make and elegant as can be, how can you go wrong?
From: Design Love Fest
Who knew a bit of gin could end up looking so pretty? Combine with Cointreau or triple sec, Campari, fresh lemon juice and a bit of grapefruit and voila! Just look at it.
From: Kleinworth & Co.
We couldn't resist this refreshing spin on the whiskey sour, and perhaps it has a lot to do with those lush blackberries. But do note that this recipe goes light on the whiskey. If you want something a little stronger, feel free to adjust the quantity — responsibly, of course.
From: Rachel Ray Magazine
Cranberry juice is not often associated with a spicy cocktail, but it works superbly with this particular libation, which is also prepared with mescal and habañero-infused tequila. Hot diggity dog.
From: The Cookie Rookie
Technically, explains the Cookie Rookie, these could be called Blackberry Mimosas, but Ombre Sparkler sounds so much more fun, and we agree. Although she made these for Valentine’s Day, that sprig of rosemary, splash of red and hint of gold make them perfect for this holiday season.
From: Nutmeg Nanny
Nutmeg Nanny has whipped up a gorgeous cocktail that's perfect for your New Year's party. Citrusy and topped off with bubbly seltzer, this delicious concoction just needs a few cranberries and a few mint leaves for garnish.
From: One Martini
The key to this bright splash of colorful goodness is to use ripe persimmons. The squishier, the better. They won't taste as good otherwise!
This light, refreshing cocktail is perfect for serving with appetizers as your guests arrive. It's made with Crios Rosé of Malbec from Argentina.
Ooo, now we're talking. One sip of this smooth, soft, delicious chocolate champagne cocktail will feel like a kiss. The shaved milk chocolate kisses for the edge of the glass adds an especially nice touch to this drink, which is easily whipped up with amaretto, chocolate liqueur and chilled Champagne.
From: Vanilla and Bean
The cocktail itself is a take on the Moscow Mule. Fresh, slightly sweet and citrusy with a little extra zing thanks to the ginger beer, this tasty cocktail takes just five minutes to prepare. What really turned our heads was the garnish. Those sugared cranberries are perfect.
Want some more? Go on, you know you do. Check out 11 more cocktails here.
Happy New Year! And please drink responsibly!