Food is always appreciated at parties…but cocktails are what makes it a real party. As the new year quickly approaches, you still have the opportunity to have holiday-esque, festive cocktails. To make it most convenient for you, here is a list of some of the tastiest and most unique cocktails you should plan on making for your guests this weekend, though I’m sure it will be appreciated all year round.
This is a great New Years Eve cocktail mainly because it involve champagne. Here’s the recipe:
1 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Champagne
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Dark Chocolate Martini
As they say, this martini is sinfully delicious and incredibly simple to make, especially with higher end liquors. Here’s the recipe:
1 part vodka
1 part creme de cacao (dark)
Shake with ice and strain.
Simple enough right? And it’s great for after-dinner.
Blood Orange Martini
While the idea of a “blood orange” may not sound completely appetizing, I can assure you it is. This beautifully-colored drink is super refreshing and tastes great. Here’s the recipe:
1 part Campari
2 parts orange-flavored vodka (stoli-o is perfect)
1 part orange juice
Shake with ice and strain.
Passion Fruit Mojitos
These are not your everyday Mojitos, which makes them all the more fabulous. This adds a fruity taste combined with mint which is very delicious for your taste buds. Here’s the recipe:
2 parts Passion Fruit Mojito mix
1 part white rum
Lime slices as garnishes
Combine in a pitcher and pour into ice-filled glasses for any party.
Liquid Hot Apple Pie
While this festive cocktail may take longer to make than you are willing to commit to, I assure you it is worth it. This recipe yields 28 cups, so it’s perfect for larger gatherings in the heart of winter. Here’s the recipe:
1 gallon apple juice
1 (2 liter) bottle cold ginger ale
1 cup brown sugar
1 pint whiskey
1 pint spiced rum
3 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
It will taste as delicious as it looks in the above picture, and the best part is, you can serve it hot or cold. Either way, it’s fantastic.
For all you Tequila lovers, this is the perfect festive margarita for your ladies night this New Years. This recipe makes 9 delicious Strawberry Margarita cocktails to add to your dinner party. Here’s the recipe:
1 (12 ounce) can of frozen limeade concentrate
12 ounces champagne
8 ounces Sauza Blanco Tequila
4 ounces DeKuyper Strawberry Liquer
12 ounces water
Baileys Holiday Martini
This after-dinner cocktail is creamier and richer than the Dark Chocolate Martini, mainly because it contains more ingredients. Here’s the recipe:
2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream
1/4 ounce Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1/4 ounce Godiva Milk Chocolate Liquer
Raspberry for garnish
This one’s gotta be cold to taste its richest, so be sure to shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
This one is perfect for all you Sex & the City lovers. This one takes the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw Cosmopolitan up a notch. Here’s the recipe:
3/4 ounce Citrus Vodka
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce Cranberry juice
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 1/2 ounces Piper Heidsieck
Combine the vodka, Cointreau, and juices in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a champagne glass and fill with champagne. Garnish with an orange peel.
Shrinking Violet Champagne Cocktail
This one is perfect for a classy, formal party on New Years. This is a unique champagne cocktail that is guaranteed to be tasty while making you feel fabulous since it’s oh so pretty. Here’s the recipe:
1 ounce creme de violette
Garnish with an edible flower like a violet for added classiness.