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3 Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

3 Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

This New Year's, skip plain ol' Champagne, and celebrate with one of these easy, festive cocktails instead.

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Cranberry Kir Royale: This blush-toned sparkler makes good use of leftover cranberry sauce. Just be sure to let the liqueur steep in advance 4 days before the party!

Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail: Ready in under 5 minutes, this fizzy drink features one of winter's best fruits. The recipe calls for Prosecco, but Cava or Champagne would also do nicely here.

Warm Spiced Cran-Pom Toddies: Feeling chilly? Watch the ball drop with our festive take on a traditional hot toddy. Make the kids their own version with apple juice instead of rum.

See you in 2013!

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It's almost 2021. Send 2020 off with a stiff, festive drink!

Woo boy, 2020 has been quite the year. If you're eager to see it off, then you've probably been anticipating New Year's Eve as much, if not more, than any other holiday this year. Though we may not be able to have the kind of giant, indoor get-togethers that we had in the past (and will hopefully have in the future) that doesn't mean we can't ring in the new year with some New Year's Eve traditions in tact &mdashand that means a glass of Champagne and a round of Auld Lang Syne at the least.

Of course, you may want to have more than one drink on New Year's Eve (it's been that kind of year), and sticking to champagne the whole evening long may not exactly cut it. So we've put together this list of festive, often bubbly New Year's drinks to help you welcome 2021.

Nothing's more fun and festive than a French 75 cocktail, made with gin, Champagne, and lemons. Cranberry mimosas are also great for both brunch and evening celebrations, and don't even get us started on the Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash recipe&mdashafter one or two, you may not be able to say the whole thing, but you sure will be satisfied. Don't forget to serve these best New Year's Eve cocktails alongside tasty New Year's Eve appetizers or your New Year's Eve dinner menu too&mdashthey never met a cheese board or savory dip they didn't pair perfectly with! And these drinks are also just as good without the Champagne if you have any guests who don't imbibe or little ones attending your bash. Three cheers to that!

4 Must-Try Cocktails To Make New Year’s Eve

Whether you are going out tonight or staying in, your evening will surely begin with a few cocktails. Mix things up a bit and try something new to ring in the new decade. Here are four must try cocktails for the new year! Ring in 2020 in style with these cocktail recipes for New Year’s Eve.

1) Tanteo Tequila Sparkling Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Sparkling Margarita

2 oz Tanteo® Blanco Tequila

1 oz Sparkling Wine or Club Soda

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

2) Woodford Reserve Bring Back Black Manhattan

Woodford Reserve Bring Back Black Manhattan

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Created by Erica Gantt, Savannah, Georgia

1.5 part(s) Woodford Reserve Bourbon

.75 part(s) Dumangin Ratafia de Champagne

.5 part(s) Barolo Cocchi Chianto

2 dash(es) 18.21 Aromatic Prohibition Bitters

Directions: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Ice should be added (enough to cover the liquid), stir until ice starts to melt. Strain with a julep strainer into coupe glass. Express an orange peel over the top of the drink. Garnish with a Woodford Reserve Bourbon cherry.

3) Seagram’s Vodka Brunchy Bubbly Berry Pineapple Mimosa

Seagram's Pineapple Berry Brunch Mimosa

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze

2 ounces of Seagram’s Pineapple

½ ounce of strawberry syrup

Garnish with strawberry and citrus peel

Directions: Add everything to a shaker except the champagne. Shake until chilled, then strain into a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with strawberry and citrus peel.

4) A Proper Sweet Victory

Created by Nick Fogel, Beverage Director, The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer

1 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

3 tsp Loose Cooking Lavender

Directions: Combine in a sauce pan and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and let it cool. Strain into a coupe glass, that has a sugar rim coated in lavender.


6 oz .of Apple Cider (preferably fresh-pressed)

½ to 1 teaspoon packed, finely of grated Ginger Root (to your taste)

Dash Cinnamon and freshly grated Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon of strained fresh lemon juice (or more to your taste)

½ Teaspoon of Honey (or less if your apple cider is on the sweet side)

Cinnamon stick, apple slice, or lemon wheel to garnish

Combine the apple cider, water, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer. Meanwhile, combine the vodka and lemon juice in a mug. Strain the hot spiced cider into the mug, discarding the solids. Stir in the honey until melted—taste, adding more lemon or honey to balance the drink if need be. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple round, and/or lemon wheel. Enjoy!

Here are a few great cocktails to make to help you say goodbye to 2020 and ring in a new year.

Icewine Royale

This cocktail is as Canadian as it gets, made with our iconic Icewine. This Megalomaniac Sparkling Personality is made from Riesling grapes and is full of bright citrus. It pairs great with their Riesling Icewine with notes of lime, floral and dried apricot.

Fill your flute with your bubbly and add the Icewine.

Lavender & Juniper Gin Cocktail

Sipped neat or with ice the Lavender & Juniper gin from Collective Arts is a beautiful blue colour but add a splash of tonic or lemon and it changes to pink

Splash of Fever Tree Tonic

Add a shot of Lavender & Juniper Gin to your glass (over ice if you prefer), add desired amount of tonic and watch the colour change from blue to pink.

Cranberry Mimosa

This is perfect for New Year’s Day brunch. It is tart and bubbly with a vibrant red colour. The Lazzara Bianco from The Speck Brothers at Henry of Pelham winery is fresh and fruity, making it the perfect bubbly for this cocktail.

1 oz unsweetened cranberry juice

Cranberries & orange for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a champagne flute and garnish with orange and whole cranberries (I love using frozen ones to keep your bubbly cocktail chilled).


Toast the New Year with a fancy glass of mock champagne. It’s alcohol-free but tastes delicious.

Combine equal amounts of Ginger Ale and white grape juice in a fancy glass of your choice and add a few raspberries.

Time to Ring in the New Year!

We hope that you enjoy these simple mocktail recipes, and can share them with some family and friends. Wishing you a happy 2021!

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The Lively Rabbit Southside Royale


  • Eight mint leaves
  • GIN01 – The Rabbit
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Sugar syrup
  • Champagne
  • Ice

Mix the majority of the mint leaves, two parts of GIN01 – The Rabbit, one part of freshly squeezed lime juice and a half part of sugar syrup over ice in a shaker.

Shake hard and fine strain into a tall glass.

Top with champagne and finish with a couple mint leaves.

Credit: Two One Four & Bermondsey Mixer Co. and The Rabbit Spirit

New Year's Eve Cocktails

In a mixing glass gently muddle the jalapeno and cilantro with lime and Agave Syrup, then add all remaining ingredients. Shake and pour into a rocks glass with Cold Draft ice in a Smoked salt rim.

GARNISH: Cold Draft ice Smoked Salt


Canned Pineapple chunks
Smoke Salt

Directions for The French Diva

Muddle lime and simple syrup.
Place all the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupette and
finish with Chamomile Foam.
Garnish with a fresh Violet

St. Germain egg foam Fresh Violet

Camomille foam
800ml Water
3 Gelatin sheets
1 oz. Chamomile powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1⁄2 oz. Gomme syrup
15gr powdered egg white

Candied Violettes

Fresh Violettes

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Cocktails to ring in the new year

There’s nothing like a good cocktail to warm your soul, reflect on memories past, lessons learned and bring in the new year. Each of us thought up our favorite winter holiday cocktail to share with our readers. Give some a try, expand your palate and night cap the holiday and 2020 with some flavor.

Pomegranate, grapefruit jalapeño Moscow mule

The cocktails were great, but the dogs insisted on stealing the show. PHOTO BY MIRA BRODY


Three flavors perfectly balanced against one or two shots of your favorite vodka.

  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces plain seltzer
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1-2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • Heavy splash of lime juice
  • 1-2 shots of your preferred vodka
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Two slices of jalapeno
  • Slice of grapefruit garnish

Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve with garnishes and enjoy.

White Russian

The White Russian, a cocktail best known for its many appearances in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” is a creamy treat best enjoyed in the winter. PHOTO BY STUART WEBSTER

A disco-era drink revived by the Coen Brothers’ sharp-humored 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” the White Russian is a fast-drinking creamy treat with an aesthetic on-par with a snowy Big Sky winter day. Be careful though, this decadent cocktail has a deceptively sweet taste. Don’t forget it’s two parts booze!


Shake all ingredients together with a generous scoop of ice for a frothy finish.

For best results, serve in a chilled glass and enjoy beside a crackling fire after a day spent playing in the snow.

Mulled Wine


It is a chilly time of year, and sometimes, hot chocolate just won’t cut it. For a warmth that sets a fire in your belly and settles in your bones, mulled wine is a spicy, soul-warming delight. There are many variations on this simple recipe, and it is easy to customize to your liking. Included below is a traditional version of this timeless drink.


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Combine the wine, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, 2 tablespoons sweetener, and brandy in a large saucepan. Cook the mulled wine on medium-high heat until it just barely reaches a simmer. Avoid letting it bubble — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.Using a fine mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Serve with your favorite garnishes.

Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy, a pleasant blend of sweet and tangy, is the perfect drink for a warm-up. PHOTO BY WALLY GOBETZ

For an aperitif to warm you from the inside out, the classic hot toddy is an easy choice. Honey’s sweetness marries lemon’s tartness for a perfect accent. Spike it with your choice of spirit, though we suggest a mountain man’s favorite, whiskey, or keep it local with a honey moonshine distilled in the heart of the Madison Valley.


  • ¾ cup of water
  • 2 tsp lemon
  • 1.5 oz whiskey or Willie’s Honey Moonshine
  • 2 tsp honey, if you opt out of the honey moonshine

Optional (but festive) garnish

Boil water and combine with other ingredients in mug. Add cinnamon stick to the mug and rest lemon peel on the rim for garnish. Enjoy!

5 Amazing Cocktails to Ring in the New Year and Say Good Riddance to 2020

We can all agree that 2020 did not go exactly how we planned it to be. Many of us are looking forward to a better 2021. This year for New Year’s Eve, since many of us will be home, and let’s face it, most of us mommas will be extremely exhausted from the holiday season, here are some fun and delicious cocktails that you can make at home.

Satsuma Margarita

After having the delicious Satsuma Orange Margarita at El Gato Negro one evening, I was determined to make these at home. It’s a fun and refreshing cocktail.

  • 1 teaspoon satsuma orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

For those tired mommas, there is a ready-made margarita salt tray that you can purchase to just dip the rim of the glass that has been moistened with some satsuma juice.

  • 6 fluid ounces tequila of choice
  • 4 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 16 fluid ounces satsuma orange juice (which is equivalent to about 12 oranges)
  • 4 fluid ounces Cointreu or triple sec

On a small plate, mix the orange zest, granulated sugar and salt. Rub a juiced satsuma or lime (your choice) around each of the glasses’ rims and dip them into the mixture.

To make one pitcher, add three cups of ice cubes to a blender. Pour in tequila, lime juice, satsuma orange juice and Cointreu or triple sec blend on medium to combine. Pour into pitcher. Serve immediately. Recipe makes about 4 cocktails.

Iced Apple Cider Pear

Since it’s finally cold, apple cider is a happy must for the holiday.

  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar or vanilla extract
  • 1.5 fluid ounces of Pear Vodka
  • Half a cup of Ice
  • 2 ounces of Apple Cider
  • Sliced Pear
  • One Cinnamon Stick

For the drink, start by pouring 1.5 ounces of the pear vodka in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 ounces of Apple Cider. Stir in 1 tbsp of brown sugar or vanilla extract. Shake mixture. Pour over a half a cup of Pear vodka. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a couple of slices of fresh pear.

Peanut Butter Old Fashioned

I am not the biggest fan of peanut butter (shocking I know), but my husband is a huge fan. He bought Peanut Butter Whiskey a couple of months ago and it is shockingly good. This is a fun twist on an old fashion.

  • 2 oz of Peanut Butter Whiskey (Skrewball or Ram’s Point)
  • 0.75 oz of Sazarac Rye Whiskey
  • 4 dashes of Peychaud Bitters

For the drink, start by pouring the peanut butter whisky in a cocktail shaker. Add the Sazarac Rye Whiskey and bitters. Shake and pour over ice or whiskey stone. Garnish with cherries and an orange peel.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Still don’t want to let go of the magic of Christmas? This Champagne cocktail will blend the happiness of Christmas with the hope of a great New Year.

For the drink, pour the orange liquer and cranberry juice into a Champagne flute. Still well and then add the champagne. Garnish with a rosemary spring and fresh cranberries.

French 75

A classic champagne cocktail that is easy to make!

  • Half a cup of ice
  • One ounce of gin
  • ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce of Simple Syrup
  • 4 ounces of Champagne

For the drink, add ice to the cocktail shaker. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well. Strain mixture into a Champagne flute. Top with the champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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