5 Fancy (but easy) Holiday Cocktails for your New Year’s Eve Party

In my world of casual beers at the brewery and sipping hearty red wine cuddled up on the sofa, I love an excuse to have a fancy cocktail. And what better excuse than ringing in the new year?

Fun fact: I worked as a bartender for a few years in my early twenties. So, I’ve concocted 5 different holiday-flavored cocktails for you. Whether you’re throwing a small soiree and want to impress your guests with some easy yet stunning libations, or if you’re taking it easy at home but still want to level up your drink of choice for the occasion, these cocktails will do the trick.

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Each made with a different liquor, there’s something for everyone. You will notice they are all either a cranberry & lime or a holiday spice flavor. I wanted to create a number of drinks with similar flavor profiles in order to simplify the ingredients and shopping list. Fancy cocktails don’t have to be intimidating!

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If you’re throwing a party, I’ve made a shopping list for you (see bottom of this post) and all you’ll have to do is make the syrups (see bottom of this post) and perhaps slice some limes for garnishes in advance of your gathering. And if you want to have the proper glasses, you can probably find a great selection of mix-n-match glasses for like 50 cents each at your local thrift store! Send them home with your guests or re-donate them back to the thrift store for their next life.

Holiday Drink Recipes

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Mule 1

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry syrup
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer

Pour lime juice, vodka, and syrup into copper mule mug and stir. Fill with ice. Pour ginger beer over the top until full. Garnish with a lime wheel and skewered cranberries.

Holiday Spice Daquiri

Holiday Spice Lime Daquiri

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz holiday spice syrup
  • Ice

Pour lime juice, rum, and syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake for 30 – 45 seconds. Strain into a coup glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Cranberry Lime Margarita

Cranberry Lime Margarita 1

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz cranberry syrup
  • Ice

Pour lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake for 30 – 45 seconds. Strain into a margarita glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and skewered cranberries.

Holiday Spice Old Fashioned

Holiday Spice Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz holiday spice syrup
  • 4 dashes of orange bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Maraschino cherry

Pour bourbon and syrup into a rocks glass and stir. Add 4 – 6 dashes of bitters. Add ice as desired (3 – 5 medium-sized cubes). Peel a small section of an orange and squeeze the peel over the drink before dropping it in. Finally, add a cherry. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprig of rosemary.

Cranberry Kir Royal

Cranberry Kir Royal

  • 1 oz cranberry syrup
  • Sparkling wine

Pour syrup into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine until full. Garnish with cranberries to float on top.

 

 


Pre-Party Preparations

Cranberry Syrup

  • 3/4 of a 12 oz bag of cranberries (use remaining for garnish)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the cranberries. Let cool before using to mix drinks.

Holiday Spice Syrup

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the spices. Let cool before using to mix drinks.


Shopping List

12 oz bag of cranberries

A lime for almost every drink you think will be served ($1 each)

A few oranges

Sugar

Cinnamon sticks

Black peppercorns

Nutmeg

Star anise

Vodka

Bourbon

Dark Rum

Tequila

Orange Liqueur

Orange Bitters

Maraschino Cherries

Ginger Beer

Sparkling White Wine


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Cheers to a new year! I wish you all health and happiness! Thank you so much for following along in 2018.

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