Bring on the Bubbly! 30 Choice Cocktails for New Year’s Eve
Break out the confetti and cocktail-making supplies; it’s time to get ready for the biggest boozy night of the year — New Year’s Eve! We’ve got tasty cocktail recipes here that’ll help you ring in the new year in festive fashion. And just in case these concoctions prove too tempting, we have you covered with a DIY recovery kit and a roundup of hangover-cure foods.
1. French 75 Punch: There’s just something about this classic cocktail that pairs so well with New Year’s Eve frivolity — give this punch version from Cocktails for a Crowd a try at your next party. (via Chronicle Books)
2. 24 Carat Champagne Cocktail:Edible gold glitter stars are reason enough for us to mix up these Goldschlager and Champagne cocktails. (via Brit + Co.)
3. Regent’s Punch: The caffeinate kick from this tea-infused Champagne punch will help you stay awake ’til the clock strikes midnight. (via Saveur)
4. Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch: Spiced blood orange syrup makes even the most budget bubbly taste great. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)
5. Melon Rumballa: This colorful melon ball cocktail may scream summer, but it’s a concoction to sip and nibble on while waiting for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve. Most grocery stores should have honeydew melon available at this time of year. (via Design Sponge)
6. Pink Grapefruit and Thyme Bellinis: Thyme simple syrup, grapefruit, and Prosecco combine to create a wintery twist on the classic bellini for New Year’s Eve or the morning after. (via Food Network)
7. Champagne, Lemon, and Lavender Cocktail: Gin plus lavender and a double dose of lemon courtesy of Limoncello and freshly squeezed citrus create a refreshing, herbal cocktail when topped with bubbly. (via Mont d’Hor Champagne)
8. Pink Champagne Punch: Pomegranate syrup and sparkling rosé mingle to create this stunning drink. (via Gourmet)
9. Frost Bite: This wintry drink can be made into a cocktail or mocktail so all of your guests can get into the festive sprit. (via This Week for Dinner)
10. Hibiscus and Ginger Champagne Cocktail: Wow your holiday guests with this gorgeous cocktail that takes mere seconds to throw together. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)
11. French 75 Jello Shots: These pretty Jello shots are another unique take on the French 75. You won’t have to tend bar all night long. (via Bakers Royale)
12. Basil Vodka Fizz: Channel the ladies of Ab Fab with this basil-infused vodka and Champagne cocktail. For a true Boli Stoli, use Stoli vodka and Bollinger Champagne for the most authentic experience. (via Kristen LeQuire)
13. Pomegranate Margaritas: Whether you’re mixing drinks for one or a crowd, margaritas are a solid choice. This version incorporates pomegranate, a food symbolizing prosperity for the year ahead. (via So Let’s Hangout)
14. Sparkling Apple-Pear Mock Sangria: Sparkling cider works for non-drinkers. It gets dolled up here with the addition of sliced pears, apples, pomegranate seeds, and a few other surprises — yes, it can even be spiked if you like. (via Boulder Locavore)
15. Bad Day at Work: This citrus-y gin and seltzer helps take the edge way off. (via NY Times)
17. Mulled White Wine With Pear Brandy: Mulled wine is a traditional New Year’s Eve drink in some parts of the world, so we’d be remiss if we failed to include at least one version of the warming drink. A splash of pear brandy amps up this spice-infused concoction. (via Food52)
18. Lemon-Cassis Jelly Shots: How good do these look? Grape Jello and crème de cassis create a rich, almost-black layer atop a sour lemon-vodka base in these classy, edible cocktails. (via 10th Kitchen)
19. Funfetti Cake Batter Martini: What better way to ring in the new year than with a cocktail that calls to mind confetti? (via She Knows)
20. Kombucha Punch: Start those resolutions a day early — well, kind of — with this kombucha punch that combines three complementary flavors of the fermented tea with assorted fruit, vodka, and bubbly. (via Brit + Co.)
22. Sparkling Grapefruit Gin Mule: Ginger beer, gin, and Champagne come together for this interesting take on the Moscow Mule. A garnish of grapefruit and mint keeps it fresh. (via Whitney Bond)
23.Strawberry Elderflower Champagne Spritzers:Elderflower has an almost citrusy quality that makes it a nice counterpart to sweet strawberry simple syrup. A bit of bubbly on top makes the flavors sing. (via The Millennial Cook)
24.Sparkling Mint Julep: Do some work ahead of time by making mint julep ice cubes that dissolve right into your drink. The cubes don’t have any alcohol, so teetotallers can top them with sparkling water instead of Champagne if desired. (via Goodie Godmother)
25.Blueberry Lavender Sangria: Blueberries and lavender give this sangria an icy look. Make sure you use culinary grade lavender when making the simple syrup and for your garnishes. (via Lively Table)
26. Champagne Margaritas: Give margaritas a celebratory makeover by adding Champagne to the mix. A touch of honey sweetens the deal. (via 40 Aprons)
27.Cranberry, Clementine, and Rosemary Cocktails: Seasonal clementines bring juicy, sunny flavor to these fizzy drinks. The rosemary garnish looks like a festive branch of pine. (via Coley Cooks)
28.Basil French 75: French 75s are a classic celebration cocktail. Mix things up a bit with this recipe, which adds lemon and fragrant basil to your glass. (via Feast and Fable)
29.Pear Sparkling Martinis: Slice pears vertically and drop them in each glass for an eye-catching presentation. It will highlight the pear flavor that dominates these sparkling martinis. (via A Bubbly Life)
30.Holiday 75: Sugared cranberries add a festive look to any drink. Drop a few into each serving of these gin, cranberry, and Champagne cocktails. (via Home Sweet Jones)
What’s your go-to drink for ringing in the new year? Share with us on Instagram!
(Additional reporting by Justina Hiddleston)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!