New Years Eve is the perfect time to share a drink with friends and family. The classic drink is, of course, champagne. Unless you’re spending hundreds of dollars on an exceptional bottle of champagne, sparkling wine could do quite well as an alternative. Some people even prefer the taste of sparkling wine, so there’s really no reason to spend a ton of money.

We collected 13 great drinks and cocktail recipes for your New Years Eve celebration. How will you be celebrating this year?

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13. Strawberry Champagne Punch

This delicious punch is made with extra dry champagne, ginger ale, and pureed strawberries. Put a spoonful of the strawberry mixture at the bottom of the glass, then top with champagne and ginger ale. It’s a refreshing and delicious drink.

[Source: Spark People]


12. Pear and Whiskey Soda

This light cocktail soda is a refreshing drink with a unique flavor. Pear liquor is mixed with whiskey and topped with ginger ale. You can find pear liquor in large drink stores.

[Source: Amy Sue’s Tasty Bites]

11. Sugar Plum Dreams Cocktail 

This festive cocktail has a delicious plum flavor. To get the plum syrup, boil together 10 plums, 3/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup of sugar. Strain and use it as a syrup in any cocktail you desire.

[Source: Delish]

10. Cranberry Cider Fizz

This festive drink is a beautiful combination of flavors and colors for the holiday season. Cranberry vodka is mixed with triple sec, frozen cranberries, and then topped with sparkling apple cider.

[Source: BB A La Carte]

9. Raspberry Champagne Cocktail

This delicious cocktail uses homemade chambord. To make it, mash 1 pound of fresh raspberries and add it to 3 cups of vodka, and 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Let it sit for 2-4 weeks and then transfer it to a dark place in an airtight container for 3 months.

[Source: What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine]


8. Peach Pomegranate Martini

This Ritz-Carlton classic is full of amazing flavors and it’s easy to replicate at home! Mix pomegranate vodka with peach schnapps, orange juice, lemon juice, and rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. The result is a warming delicious cocktail.

[Source: Delish]

7. The Spicy Lemon

This is a really unique cocktail to break up your sweet drinks on New Years Eve. This drink is packed full of puckering lemon punch. It’s shaken with a few slices of a scotch bonnet pepper, giving a subtle spice to the concoction.

[Source: Tokyo Terrace]

6. The Perfect Eggnog

It’s hard to improve on delicious eggnog, but this drink is really a step above the expected. Eggnog is mixed with creme de cacao and southern comfort and poured into a caramel glazed glass. It’s dessert in a drink!

[Source: Vodka and Motherhood]

5. Jingle Bell Julep

This unique mint julep was created by barman Jim Hewes from the Round Robin and Scotch Bar. It’s a mixture of bourbon, raspberry liquer, triple sec, and fresh mint. Muddle it like a traditional mint julep.

[Source: Delish]


4. Confetti Martini

This drink is in honor of New Years Eve, replicating the feeling of throwing confetti in the air. Vanilla milk is mixed with spiced rum, butterscotch schnapps, and vanilla. The glass is rimmed with colored sugar and sprinkles for a beautiful appearance.

[Source: From Which Things Grow]

3. Liam’s Midnight Toast

We don’t know who Liam is but he has a great drink named after him! Champagne is mixed with cognac, grand marnier, and a dash of campari. It’s mixed with crushed ice, making a cold and refreshing drink.

[Source: HGTV]

2. Champagne Cosmopolitan

The classic cosmopolitan is adored for its sweet and sour flavor. This cocktail is a play on that traditional drink. Vodka is mixed with triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Champagne tops it off. Use fresh cranberries as a garnish.

[Source: Inspired Taste]

1. Wassail

Wassail is a very old drink, rich in history and flavor. Think of it as an eggnog competitor. Hard apple cider and brandy are flavored with ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Whipped eggs are added for texture and creaminess, and baked apples float on top.

[Source: Nourished Kitchen]

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