10 Best Things to Drink on New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2014
For those seeking out a more exciting and inventive way to say sayonara 2014 and hello 2015, special cocktails are in order
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.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
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Pomegranates are associated with abundance and fertility and are often eaten on New Year’s Eve in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. This martini will remind guests of a Cosmo but will taste much better thanks to the tart taste of pomegranate juice. Rim glasses with colored sugar for a bright pop of color.
Champagne Citrus Sunrise
Since you’re probably going to watch the sun come up, celebrate with a cocktail that is as good-looking as the view. In China, oranges and other citrus fruits are given as gifts on the New Year as a sign of prosperity and luck. That means this cocktail is as productive as it is pretty.
Strawberries and Champagne go together like kisses at midnight. A shot of tequila makes this a powerhouse cocktail that makes it a great option for both sweet-style drinkers and those that like the strong stuff.
The Hotel Zamora’s Santa Sangria
If you’re heading south for the holiday, hit up The Hotel Zamora — St. Pete Beach’s first new hotel in more than 20 years. They are celebrating season and New Year’s Eve with Santa Sangria at Castile, the property's Spanish-influenced restaurant. Made with red zinfandel, berry liquor, cinnamon, fresh oranges, and raspberries, it’s poured into a sugar-rimmed glass, and is perfectly refreshing in Florida's 80-degree winter weather.
As you ring in the New Year, we’d put money on the idea that you’re thinking about a cleanse to start 2015 out right. Allow us to get you started on the lemon love! Be sure to use an authentic limoncello for this cocktail like Limoncello di Capri for the perfect color, flavor, and zest of lemon.
It isn’t a party without a margarita, especially when a crowd is gathering. Sauza tequila puts a winter spin on summer’s favorite cocktail by putting to use the fresh cranberries you meant to use at Christmas.
What better way to start off 2015 than with a Midnight Kiss, a boozy combination of DiSaronno and orange liquor topped with festive, effervescent Champagne? "It's not New Year's without Champagne, but why not class it up a few notches?" says owner and executive chef Tom Costello.