Few things guarantee a successful New Year’s Eve party like the perfect selection of drinks. And while sticking with Champagne is a classic choice, cocktails will take ringing in the new year to the next level of fun. Whether you’re looking for something sparkling or a libation that’ll serve the whole party, here are eight of the best New Year’s Eve cocktails to end the year flawlessly.
8 New Year’s Eve Cocktails for the Perfect Party
A blend between two classic cocktails-—the Sazerac and the Champagne Cocktail—the Sazerac Spritz can get the party started in the classiest of ways. Made with Peychaud’s Bitters, absinthe and bubbly, it’s herbal, balanced and beautiful. One look at this cocktail and all your friends who opted for straight Champagne will be instantly envious.
The Kir Royale is an easy mix of crème de cassis (a black currant liqueur) and Champagne. Simple is best when it comes to New Year’s because no host wants to spend all night making drinks instead of celebrating. The Kir Royale is straightforward and hits all the right notes, whether it’s your aperitif or all-night cocktail.
Crème de Cassis
New Year’s Eve is the last night to celebrate the holiday season, so soak it up. A cocktail made with apple brandy, a demerara sugar cube soaked in Italian walnut liqueur, and a Champagne topper can set off the night like New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Champagne, to top
Deep and complex, yet sparkling and refreshing, the Seelbach is a modern classic that’s hard to top. Bourbon, orange liqueur and bitters serve as the base of the drink, and a cap of sparkling wine keeps it light. It’s the type of cocktail that will satisfy your most brooding feelings about the past year while giving you uplifting notions about the new one to come.
Everything you need to know about this cocktail is right there in the name. The mix of Champagne, vodka, curaçao and orange bitters is festive and built for a crowd. It’s also a low-ABV cocktail, so the party can continue long after the clock strikes midnight. Mix it up, set it out, and let the party begin.
Candied Orange Slices
Celebrating the new year is all about setting goals to make you a better person. One of those goals should be to master the art of punches, and Fish House Punch—made with rum, Cognac, peach brandy and black tea—is a perfect place to start. President George Washington was a fan, and we’re sure you will be too. Just take it easy on the stuff because it packs a punch.
The perfect batched cocktail is easy to make, balanced and suitable for many different palates. Rye Whiskey Punch checks all of those boxes with its satisfying mix of rye whiskey, Montenegro Amaro, Cognac, black tea and Angostura bitters. It’s one drink that’s sure to keep people coming back for more even as the countdown to the new year approaches.
Black Tea, Iced
Take your preconceived notion about rosé being a summer drink and throw it away. The Queen Bee is a giant, fishbowl-sized cocktail—made with vodka, crème de pèche, lemon, honey and sparkling rosé—that screams party time. With a cup or three of Queen Bee in your hand, you can take on the first hours of the new year with nothing but joy in your heart.
Crème de Pèche