13 Impressive Cocktails for a Great New Year's Eve Party

Ringing in the New Year with stylish drinks

Black Velvet Cocktail

Guinness

New Year's Eve is definitely the biggest party of the year. While it's great to pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne as the ball drops, there's plenty of time before that to enjoy an exquisite cocktail or two.

These drink recipes are perfect for ringing in the new year. There are Champagne cocktails, of course. You'll also find stylish martinis and stunning punches that are sure to add sparkle to your party.

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    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year Champagne Cocktail
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    A delightfully simple cocktail recipe, few drinks are as perfect for a New Year's Eve party as the "Happy New Year." That really is the name of this cocktail and it's a vibrant drink with great appeal. The sparkling mix includes brandy, ruby port, and orange juice, creating a fabulous base that will dress up your favorite Champagne.

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    Spiced Cranberry Margarita

    Spiced Cranberry Margarita

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    This holiday twist on a margarita adds cranberry juice and a homemade cinnamon syrup to the usual combination of tequila and Cointreau. It's simple to make and nicely spiced, adding a bit of Christmas flavor to any end-of-year celebration.

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    Twentieth Century Cocktail

    Classic Twentieth Century Cocktail Recipe
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    It may be the 21st century but that doesn't take anything away from the twentieth-century cocktail. This is an impressive classic from the early 1900s and it remains a charming little drink. It backs up your favorite gin with Lillet Blanc, crème de cacao, and lemon juice to create an enhanced gin martini with a hint of chocolate and citrus.

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    Midori Melon Ball Drop

    Melon Ball Cocktail
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    When the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, you will want this melon ball drop cocktail in your hand. It's sweet, sassy, fruity, and quick to mix up. Pick up a citrus vodka, that alluring green bottle of Midori, and a few lemons for this fun vodka martini. Elderflower liqueur is the surprise ingredient that perfectly rounds off the soft flavor, while the melon ball garnish adds a whimsical touch.

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    Midnight Martini

    Midnight Martini
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    The midnight martini is a flawless fit for New Year's Eve. It not only gives you a nice cocktail to sip, but it will also help you stay awake until midnight. This is a very simple recipe that can include either two or three ingredients. It doubles up on the coffee flavor with a combination of espresso vodka and coffee liqueur. You can stick with that or add a little cinnamon syrup for extra flavor if you like.

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    Leap Year

    Classic Leap Year Cocktail

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    Every year may not be a leap year, but any day is a good one to enjoy this classic cocktail. The leap year adds a citrus twist to the union of gin and sweet vermouth by adding both Grand Marnier and lemon juice. The sweetened gin martini offers a timeless taste that is a delight to drink.

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler Cocktail

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    Soft, delightful, and sparkling, the figgy sparkler puts a seasonal twist on the average Champagne cocktail. The charming blend of fresh fruits muddles cranberries, orange slices, and a single fig. Pour your favorite vodka or infuse it with figs for even more flavor. Top that mix off with some bubbly and it's ready for the party.

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    Black Velvet

    Black Velvet Cocktail

    Guinness

    With the black velvet, there's no need to choose between Champagne and beer on New Year's Eve. Beyond simple, this cocktail is nothing more than equal pours of Champagne and Guinness Stout. The dark, heavy beer works perfectly against the light, effervescent wine, creating a perfect balance and the best of both worlds. The first sip will show you why this stunning drink has been around for well over a century.

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    Pomegranate Poinsettia

    Pomegranate Poinsettia
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    The poinsettia is a holiday classic with its delightful mix of cranberry and Champagne. Using that as inspiration, the pomegranate poinsettia tosses in a few fun twists. It retains the sparkling wine and orange liqueur, then switches out the cranberry juice for orange. The star ingredient, however, is a short shot of pomegranate liqueur, resulting in a sweet, fruity cocktail that's sure to add to a memorable night.

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    Pomegranate Champagne Punch

    Pomegranate Champagne Punch

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    Rather than serve individual cocktails, make it a punch-filled New Year's Eve. A natural fit for the holiday, the pomegranate Champagne punch is a flavorful recipe that comes together quickly. It includes pomegranate and cranberry juices, cinnamon syrup, and citrus vodka. You can pack the punchbowl with seasonal fruits, then finish it off with ginger ale and Champagne as guests start to arrive.

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    Silver Sangria

    Nolet's Silver Dry Gin's Silver Sangria Punch Recipe
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    Sangria is always a great option for a party and there are many ways to mix up the alluring wine punch. New Year's calls for something a little brighter like this silver sangria recipe. Rather than red wine and brandy or rum, it opts for dry white wine and gin against a grape base. Toss in a few apples and some ginger ale and get ready for a new start as another year rolls in!

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    Good Luck Charm

    Bobby "G" Gleason's Good Luck Charm Cocktail
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    It may just be a date on the calendar, but there is something rejuvenating about the new year. Whether you're planning any big resolutions or not, everyone could use a good luck charm. A fun and unique bourbon cocktail, you'll enjoy the sweet and tart taste of this recipe. It offsets the dark background with the bright flavor of limoncello and a homemade lemon sour. Add the refreshing taste of spearmint and you're sure to spread cheer into the new year.

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    Bloody Mary

    Crazy Bloody Mary With Bacon Straw and Grilled Cheese
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    While you're mixing up drinks, you might want to plan ahead. Prepare for the after-effects of the party and have a bloody mary mix ready to go in the morning. It's the most popular drink on New Year's Day, which is why it's also known as "Bloody Mary Day." This vitamin-packed hangover cure is simple to mix up by the pitcher so it's waiting for you in the new year.