The Best New Year’s Eve Celebration Cocktails
If the classic glass of champagne isn’t your idea of a great New Year’s Eve drink, we’ve got you covered. Whether your holiday takes you to a fine dining event or you’re headed to your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant, start the night with one of these cocktails to ring in the New Year.
Dry Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
This fresh, sparkling cocktail will give you flavor without the heavy sweetness of a traditional soda and liquor mix.
- 3 ounces gin
- 2 wedges of lime
- ½ can of cucumber soda (club soda is a good substitute if you can’t find cucumber soda)
- 2 cucumber thin slices, sliced from the cucumber lengthwise and as thin as possible
- 1 to 3 fresh mint leaves
Combine the gin, cucumber slices, and cucumber soda into a glass filled with ice. Squeeze one lime wedge into the glass and stir. Muddle two mint leaves, drop them into the glass, stir and enjoy!
Pineapple Mimosa Cocktail
If your New Year’s celebration just wouldn’t be the same without champagne, here’s a great way to add a fruity twist. While the pineapple mimosa is more brunch than fine dining, you won’t miss a thing with this great tasting cocktail.
- 1-ounce pineapple vodka
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
- 1/2 ounce honey syrup
- Splash of champagne
To make this drink, add the ingredients to a champagne flute in the order listed. Garnish with an orange and enjoy!
Hot Brown-Buttered Rum Cocktail
If you’re hosting a holiday party, the hot brown-buttered rum cocktail recipe is a great one for a room full of people. The cinnamon gives a great holiday flavor while the warmth of the cocktail is perfect for a cold winter night. This recipe serves 8 to 10 guests.
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 (750-ml) bottle dark rum
- 3 cups boiling water
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
Melt the butter in a large saucepan, but don’t let it burn. Add the brown sugar and nutmeg, stirring until the sugar melts (probably about a minute).
Remove the saucepan from heat.
Slowly add the rum and vanilla to the saucepan, stirring continuously. Add the boiling water and cinnamon sticks. Stir. Keep the pot on very low heat to keep the drink warm, and serve with a ladle.
Midori Melon Ball Drop Cocktail
Partner the most popular New Year’s tradition with a cocktail by the same name. The great part is most of the ingredients can be found at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant, so even if you’re out celebrating, it’s a drink you can enjoy.
- 2 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur
- 1-ounce citrus vodka
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Add sugar to the rim of a chilled cocktail glass. Combine all of the ingredients into the cocktail shaker of ice and shake well. Pour the mix into the chilled glass and top with a melon ball garnish.
If staying awake until the stroke of midnight may be a challenge for you (or if you just love a great coffee drink), this is your New Year’s Eve cocktail. The simple mixture is tasty, easy to sip, and is a unique way to bring in January first.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka or coffee vodka
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
- Splash of cinnamon syrup
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Add a lemon twist as garnish and enjoy.