Celebrate the fact that 2020 is almost over!
Are you as excited for 2021 as we are? To celebrate, here are five New Year's drinks that you should bring out once the clock strikes midnight! (But let's be honest, we've been drinking all year!)
1. Peppermint Bark Mimosas (Delish)
Courtesy of Simple Sassy and Scrumptious (Website)
Finish off the holiday season right with this zinger of a mimosa for your New Year's party (and use up those leftover candy canes)!
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 6 ounces of peppermint schnapps divided
- 1 bottle of champagne or prosecco
- 1/4 cup of melted, semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 crushed candy canes
- 6 whole candy canes
- First, put the melted chocolate chips on a small plate, and pour crushed candy canes onto a separate plate.
- Then, dip your champagne flute rims into the chocolate and crushed candy canes to coat the top.
- Finally, add an ounce of the peppermint schnapps, then top off with champagne or prosecco, and garnish with full candy canes to finish it off.
2. Hot Penicillin (Bon Appetit)
Courtesy of SAVEUR (Website)
Now, before you think we're crazy, rest assured that this drink has nothing to do with the actual medicine!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 8 ounces of blended Scotch
- 6 ounces of fresh lemon juice
- 4 pieces of candied ginger
- 1 4-ounce piece of ginger that's scrubbed and thinly sliced crosswise
- 2/3 cup of honey
- 1 ounce of single malt Scotch (optional)
- Use a medium saucepan to bring the honey, sliced ginger, and 5 cups of water to a simmer over medium heat.
- Next, reduce the heat and cook at a bare simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the honey dissolves.
- After that, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring glass or medium-sized bowl, and throw away the solids leftover.
- Then, pour the honey mixture back into the saucepan and add the Scotch, lemon juice, and/or single malt Scotch, to heat on medium-low until the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
- Once you've finished cooking the mixture, divide into cups and garnish each one with a piece of candied ginger.
3. Avartini (Mix That Drink)
Courtesy of Mix That Drink (Website)
Bring in 2021 with a drink that'll remind you of all the beach-y, relaxing places you want to go visit in the new year (COVID permitting)!
- 1 1/2 Stoli Blueberi vodka
- 1/2 ounce of blue curacao
- 5 ounces of Sprite
- First, pour all your ingredients in a mixer over ice to shake until chilled.
- Then, pour the drink into a martini glass and top with Sprite.
4. Raspberry Basil Champagne Spritzers (Lemon Tree Dwelling)
Courtesy of Lemon Tree Dwelling (Website)
Everyone typically toasts at midnight with champagne, but here's a way to spice up the old with a dash of something new!
- 1 very cold bottle of blush champagne
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup of fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup of fresh basil (and more for garnish)
- Make the raspberry-basil simple sauce in a small saucepan by combining sugar and water.
- After bringing the mixture to a boil, remove the pan from the heat and add the 1/2 cup of raspberries and the 1/2 cup of basil.
- Then, allow the syrup to cool before combining the syrup with the cold champagne in a large pitcher.
- Finally, serve the drink with more fresh raspberries and basil.
5. Brandy Alexander (Martha Stewart)
Courtesy of The Drink Kings (Website)
Simple and tasty: what more could you ask from a party drink!?
- 1 1/2 ounce of brandy
- 2 ounces of heavy cream
- 1 ounce of Kahlua
- 1 cup of ice
- Put all your ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is frothy and combined well.
- After blending, pour the drink into a rocks glass and drink immediately.
What do you think about these five New Year's drinks? What are your favorite party drinks? Drop a comment below!