Ring It In: 5 Festive New Year’s Eve Cocktails

moscow muleMoscow Mule
This simple and refreshing concoction is typically served in adorable copper mugs, which were gifted to me for Christmas this year. Don’t worry if you don’t have these though, you can always opt for a Collins glass.
Makes 1 cocktail

 

Ingredients
2 ounces vodka (I use Tito’s)
1 half lime, sliced into wedges
4 to 6 ounces ginger beer (I use D&G Jamaican brand)

Directions
Fill up a copper mug with ice cubes. Squeeze lime wedges into mug and drop in wedges. Pour in the vodka and then fill with ginger beer. Stir before serving.

 

cucumber martiniCucumber Martini
This recipe was inspired by the Cetriolo cocktail, which I sipped at Prato restaurant in Winter Park, Florida, when I used to live in Orlando. Your New Year’s Eve guests will feel fancy with this drink in hand.
Makes 1 cocktail

 Ingredients  
2 ounces Crop organic cucumber vodka
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Splash of fresh lime juice
4-6 ounces white grape juice
Fresh basil

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, agave nectar, lime juice and white grape juice to the shaker. Firmly shake together for 30-60 seconds and then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add one fresh basil leaf into the cocktail and then serve.

 

blood orange champagne

Blood Orange Champagne Spritzer
This bubbly mélange was a last-minute creation by yours truly when I was in need of a brunch cocktail and only had a few ingredients in my liquor cabinet. It combines two of my favorites: blood orange soda and champagne. Whether it’s for an evening soiree or a New Year’s Day brunch, this sophisticated spritzer will wow your guests.
Makes ½ gallon pitcher

 

Ingredients
1 bottle Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
2 (11-ounce) cans San Pellegrino Blood Orange Sparkling Fruit Beverage, chilled
Orange juice (pulp-free)

Directions
Pour entire bottle of Champagne in pitcher. Pour in liquid from both soda cans. Fill with orange juice to top of pitcher. Stir to blend. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving in Champagne flutes.

 

eggnog

Marylin’s Egg Nog
This recipe comes courtesy of my wonderful mother-in-law! This is the best egg nog recipe I’ve ever tasted, and one of the most festive cocktails you could drink during the holidays. It’s also a great drink when hosting a crowd.
Makes 1 gallon and 1 quart

Ingredients
1 pound sugar
1 gallon whole milk
6 eggs, separated
1 pint whipping cream
Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
500 ml Kentucky bourbon, 86 proof
1/4 cup light rum
1/2 cup brandy (I use plain Christian Brothers)

Directions
Use a large pot to blend all of the ingredients. Beat six egg yolks until frothy, set aside whites.  Add 1 quart of milk — stir with a spoon until mixed. Add salt, continuing to stir. Add sugar, blend until mixed. Add balance of milk and stir. Slowly (very important!) add bourbon, rum and brandy while stirring. In a medium bowl, whip whipping cream until it is as thick as gravy, then add slowly to mixture so it does not curdle. Sprinkle nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

bloody mary

Spicy Bloody Mary
One of my favorite daytime cocktails, this flavorful drink packs a punch both with the vodka and spicy hot sauce. Plus, it’s subtle enough to act as that hair of the dog you might need the following morning in the case that you party too hardy on New Year’s Eve.
Makes 1 cocktail

 

 

Ingredients
2 ounces vodka (I use Tito’s)
1 half lime, sliced into wedges
Mr. & Mrs. T Original Bloody Mary Mix
Tabasco sauce
¼ teaspoon ground horseradish
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garnishes: green olives, celery sticks, carrot sticks, lime wedges

Directions
Fill up a 16-ounce glass or Tervis Tumbler with ice cubes. Pour in vodka. Squeeze two or three lime wedges into glass and toss in the wedges. Fill up glass with Bloody Mary mix. Add two or three dashes of Tabasco and ¼ teaspoon horseradish (depending on how spicy you like it). Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir with a straw or swizzle stick and garnish as you like.

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