Whether you’re looking for something tasty to sip on before heading out to celebrate, hosting a party of your own, or want a quiet night with yummy drinks, the following recipes for cocktails and mocktails are sure to be a hit for New Year’s Eve.
For an unexpected combination make a Karaoke Cosmo. This fun drink uses a unique spirit, Soju, of Korean origins that happens to be the most popular liquor in the world. Available in different flavors, get creative with the one you pick for the base of this New Year’s drink. Recipe serves 1.
2 ounces soju
1 ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce lime
½ ounce dry curacao
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel or lychee fruit.
Berry, Rose, & Sage Spritzer
A more complicated New Year drink that’s also family friendly, i.e. non-alcoholic, is the Berry, Rose, & Sage Spritzer. Refreshing, different, and a little bit fancy, this cocktail will bring your at-home drinks to a new level. Also try it as an adult-only drink by substituting tonic and soda water for Champagne. Recipe serves 1.
1 sage leaf
½ ounce rose-infused simple syrup
¼ ounce blackberry and sage shrub
¼ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce lime juice
Equal parts tonic and soda water, to taste (can omit and use Champagne)
Muddle blackberry and sage leaf together with simple syrup and shrub. Add citrus juices and shake. Double strain into glass over fresh ice. Add tonic and soda to taste.
For rose-infused simple syrup:
2 cups demerara sugar
½ cup water
½ cup rose water
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Dissolve sugar in boiling water, stirring constantly. Stir in rose water, reduce heat, and cover pan. Allow syrup to simmer 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool while covered. Pour into glass bottle with a good seal. Store in refrigerator for two to three weeks and use as needed.
For blackberry and sage shrub:
1 part blackberries
1 part white sugar
½ part sage sprigs
½ part distilled white vinegar
Lightly blend blackberries (3 seconds). Add all ingredients to airtight glass container, give it a hard shake, and let sit for a week in the refrigerator. When ready to use, remove sage only, leaving mix as is. It can keep for up to 12 months.
If bubbles aren’t your thing for a New Year’s Eve drink, here is a great scotch whiskey drink to serve instead.
Recipe serves 1
3 quarter-sized pieces ginger root
¾ ounce cardamom syrup (see instructions below)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (or ¾ ounce lemon juice with ¼ ounce Meyer lemon juice)
1½ ounces blended Scotch whisky
¼ ounce float of any Islay Scotch whisky, such as Laphroaig
Muddle ginger in a cocktail shaker. Add syrup, lemon juice, and blended Scotch. Shake. Strain into glass over fresh ice. Float whisky on top.
For cardamom syrup:
1 cup water
⅛ cup whole cardamom pods
½ cup sugar
½ cup honey
Pinch of saffron
Bring water, saffron, and cardamom to boil. Stir in sugar and honey until fully dissolved. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Infuse in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, then strain. Bottle and refrigerate syrup. It should keep for a few weeks.
Ring in the new year with these unusual and fantastic New Year’s Eve drinks! From us at edible Reno-Tahoe to you, have a safe and happy holiday.