Here are the best New Years drinks to ring in the new year! Try everything from sparkling New Years Eve cocktails to cozy brunch drinks.
Ready to ring in the New Year? New Years is the perfect time to celebrate with a signature drink! There are lots of options for classy cocktails: whether you love sparkling wine or want something a little more outside the box. And don’t forget about New Years Day: there are lots of great brunch cocktails for enjoying the morning after.
Here are all the best New Years drinks and cocktails to try! Try the classic champagne cocktail as a New Years Eve drink, or a round of Bloody Marys or mimosas for cozy New Years cocktail for brunch. And we’ve got just about everything in between. Let’s get mixing!
Here’s the easiest New Years drink with the most stunning result: the classic Champagne cocktail! Are you celebrating the new year? Because this is the drink for you. Adding a sugar cube to champagne makes a fountain of bubbles that positively sparkles! It takes any party to celebration status with just a few simple ingredients.
Want an easy drink that’s festive and sophisticated? There’s nothing better as a New Years cocktail than a Kir Royale! This famous French cocktail stars black currant liqueur and sparkling wine: and the berries and bubbles suit each other perfectly. The best cocktail recipes are simple perfection, and there’s nothing better than this 2 ingredient combination. Here are a few tricks to making the very best Kir Royale.
Another great New Years Eve drink? This Prosecco cocktail! It’s classy and sophisticated, pairing the citrus notes of Grand Marnier with lots of bubbles. Add an orange twist and it’s a fancy cocktail that takes only minutes to make! It’s almost an evening version of the flavors in a mimosa: strong on the citrus but with an “after 4 pm” vibe.
Here’s an effortlessly easy New Years Eve cocktail: Chambord and Champagne! These two go together like one of those famous pairings: tomatoes and basil, peaches and cream or peanut butter and jelly. Simply mix the raspberry liqueur with bubbles and you’ve got a sophisticated Chambord cocktail perfect for celebrations of all kinds. The bubbly sweet tart flavor is refreshing and unexpectedly nuanced for two ingredients.
Here’s a drink that’s made for New Years celebrations: a St Germain champagne cocktail! It’s sophisticated and refreshing: floral, botanical, tangy, and bubbly all at once. If you’ve never purchased a bottle of St Germain, now’s the time! This bottle of fancy liqueur should be part of your alcohol arsenal. Try this cocktail for holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, or celebrating getting that big promotion or anniversary.
Here’s one of the most sophisticated and refreshing New Years cocktails out there: a French 75! It’s got a mysterious name, but it’s made with a few simple ingredients. It’s tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical, and it makes every occasion more festive! Really, any occasion is better with this drink in hand.
You don't only need bubbly for New Years drinks! Try this Pomegranate Margarita! Sweet tart pomegranate juice pairs perfectly with tequila and lime, balanced with the orange perfume of Cointreau. You can use either pomegranate juice or fresh-squeezed juice from the fruit, making it perfect for whatever you have on hand. It’s a great winter cocktail for when pomegranate is in season: but honestly: we drink it anytime.
Another New Years Eve drink without champagne: a Cranberry Martini! Here’s a tasty, sweet tart spin on the vodka martini that you’ve got to try: the Cranberry Martini! It’s refreshing, zingy and perfectly balanced, starring Cointreau orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice. PS if you think this drink bears a striking resemblance to the classic cocktail the Cosmopolitan, you’re right.
Another New Years drink without bubbles: the French Martini! This martini is hardly related to the classic dry martini at all. It’s a fruity and balanced, featuring a fancy French black raspberry liqueur (Chambord) and pineapple juice. Each sip is so intriguing and nuanced, it’s hard to put the glass down! This one’s become a favorite over here.
Let's move on to New Years Day cocktails! There's nothing better than the classic Mimosa: it wins the award for the best brunch drink! How to make a perfect mimosa? Use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor! Use it with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out.
Here’s a sparkling cocktail that’s full of beautiful fresh flavor: the Bellini! The bellini is a classic cocktail that comes from Italy. The combination of bubbly Prosecco and sweet peaches couldn’t be more refreshing! And of course, it’s natural for brunch like its cousin the mimosa. In winter, use a storebought version of peach puree instead of homemade.
What's better as a New Years drink for brunch than a great Bloody Mary? We’ve spent a considerable amount of time tweaking this Bloody Mary mix recipe to perfection. Turns out, making the absolute perfect version of this classic cocktail requires a few secrets. Here’s how to make the best Bloody Mary: savory, spicy, tangy, and salty all at once.
When it comes to festive cocktails…well, this one might take the cake. Try this Pomegranate Mimosa! The combination of sweet tart pomegranate, orange perfume and airy bubbles is one of the most satisfying in our list of 200+ cocktail recipes. In fact, you can even serve it as a New Years Eve cocktail and call it Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail or Pomegranate Prosecco Sparkler!
Here's a fun New Years day cocktail: the Red Snapper! The name doesn’t betray this drink: though it’s both red and snappy. But it’s holding a secret: it’s essentially a classic Bloody Mary with gin. Switching out the vodka leads to a whole new drink: savory, spicy, tangy, spicy, with a hint of botanical on the finish from the gin. It’s a fun variation on the standard: and even more so to surprise everyone with this unique spin.
Last up in our New Years drinks: a brilliant brunch drink that works for any season. Try the Cranberry Mimosa! Tart cranberry is an ideal pairing for subtly sweet orange juice. Pair the two and the glass is full of fiery red color and crisp flavor. It’s bubbly, it’s refreshing, and it’s downright fun. It’s easy as pie to mix up and perfect for entertaining.
A few more drink options
Need a few more ideas? Here are a few more unique champagne cocktails that are a little outside the box…but still perfect for the New Year:
Add a sugar cube to bottom of a champagne flute. Add 5 dashes of bitters to the sugar cube. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off a small strip of lemon skin. Squeeze the lemon skin into the flute to release the oils.
Fill the glass with champagne and serve immediately: watch how the sugar cube makes the bubbles sparkle! Garnish with a lemon twist if desired.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.