20 New Year's Eve Cocktails That Are Perfect for Celebrating
It may be the last night on your calendar, but New Year's Eve is one of the most important parties of the year—and you simply can't ring in the new year without a cocktail in hand! Reach for your most festive party supplies, get to crafting a few special decorations, and break out the Champagne flutes. While traditional bubbly is simply delightful, it's not the only sip you and your guests can enjoy leading up to midnight. You have the entire evening to serve up our favorite cocktail recipes that feature tequila, vodka, and whiskey, as well as Champagne or other sparkling wines. An added bonus? These drinks all pair perfectly with delicious New Year's Eve appetizers and small bites as well as any formal menu you may have planned.
These New Year's Eve cocktail recipes are all stellar variations of classics that you've sipped throughout the year: Our trio of martinis involves zesty seasonal ingredients, as well as a few warming twists to a cosmopolitan, sangria, and a mojito. There are even a few options that incorporate smooth cream and tangy dairy, akin to a festive eggnog option, including our Brandy Alexander, made with coffee liqueur and brandy. All of these cocktail recipes are batch friendly, meaning you can make a few options to be poured all night long.
Toasting happy endings and new beginnings are what New Year's Eve gatherings are all about. Sorbet Spritzers, the drink-meets-dessert idea that's seen here, captures that sentiment, and to say it's a cinch to prepare is an understatement. Pour dry sparkling white wine, such as Prosecco brut, over a scoop of fruity sorbet—we used Talenti Roman Raspberry, but Ciao Bella Sicilian Blood Orange and Lemon are delicious, too. As it melts, it will make your glass, your night, and possibly your whole next year just a little sweeter.
From sinfully sweet sips (like a Pink Grapefruit-White Cranberry Sparkling Punch) to pleasantly tart options (such as our Italian Corpse Reviver), these sips are guaranteed to be a hit with any guest. Follow along as we share our favorite New Year's Eve cocktails.
Italian Corpse Reviver
Pink Grapefruit-White Cranberry Sparkling Punch
Filled with seasonal ingredients and prepared for a large crowd, we can't think of a better big-batch cocktail for New Year's Eve than this one. It's sparkling, sweet, and totally spectacular.
Mirto and Tonic
Take a trip to the Mediterranean from the comfort of your home with this two-ingredient New Year's Eve cocktail. Mirto is a deep red-hued, sweet, and herbal liqueur accented by tonic water.
Cinnamon Sour Cocktail
Bourbon and red wine are a delightful duo in this New Year's Eve cocktail recipe. A simple syrup made with whole cinnamon sticks creates a festive kick in each sip.
Bitter Bee Cocktail
Take a sip of this honey and cardamom-infused New Year's Eve cocktail and you'll be seeing fireworks.
Pink Gin Martinis
This refreshing nonalcoholic cocktail is made from blackberry purée, white cranberry juice, and sparkling water. To make the prep work even easier, you can use frozen berries to make the blackberry purée.
Homemade cranberry-and orange-infused vodka form the base of these deluxe cosmopolitans. The classic cosmo ingredients—cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice—complete the cocktail.
Blood-Orange Champagne Cocktails
Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail
Pear nectar gives buttery smoothness to Moscato d'Asti, a sweet, sparkling white wine. Each glass is garnished with a few dried cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
Pear and Cranberry Bellini
Pear nectar and orange liqueur are mixed with pomegranate juice and a bottle of Champagne to create this easy, elegant punch. In place of the Champagne, you may use Prosecco or Cava, or any other variety of sparkling white wine you wish.
Add the Champagne just before serving these drinks so your guests can enjoy its effect on the candied ginger.
Fresh ginger lends subtle spiciness to this elegant cocktail made with sparkling wine and sugar.
Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail
The classic Champagne cocktail is updated with sorbet in place of the traditional sugar cube and bitters. Use raspberry, passion fruit, lemon, or any sorbet flavor you prefer.