New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. Crowds all over the world gather to scream and drink their way from 10 to one. Straight Champagne is a tried-and-true way to ring in the New Year. After all, December 31 is National Champagne Day. For those seeking out a more exciting and inventive way to say sayonara 2014 and hello 2015, however, special cocktails are in order.
Some foods are thought to be imbued with good fortune and are routinely consumed on New Year’s Eve to bring luck in the coming 12 months. In Greece, pomegranates are smashed outside the front door to bring prosperity to the family inside. In China, it’s all about the citrus, while King Cakes baked with an almond filling are popular in New Orleans. Since most New Year’s parties are more about drinking than eating, you can easily incorporate some of these traditions into your cocktails.
The New Year deserves a special toast, and it should be one that looks as good as it tastes, so take the time to dress up your drinks with festive garnishes like colored sugar for rimmed glasses and fresh fruit. Not interested in playing bartender all night? Then serve up a crowd-pleasing punch that guests can serve themselves.
Whether you’re hosting a large crowd or a small get-together, looking for themed cocktails or something that sparkles, these 10 drinks are our best recommendations for what to drink on New Year’s Eve.
Raspberry and Champagne Float
Want a sweet start to the New Year? Mix up this red raspberry ice cream cocktail. Framboise adds a bit more berry flavor to a Champagne float that is both creamy and fizzy at the same time. For an intense fruit flavor, use raspberry sorbet in place of ice cream.
Melon Ball Drop
A glittered up version of a classic Midori sour, the Melon Ball Drop is a fun and festive way to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The seasonal red and green colors nod to the holidays and you can get creative and scoop out a bowl full of balls for snacks, too.