The last night of the year is almost here, and we have to make sure we are ready to celebrate. It's time to dazzle it up and make some New Year's Eve party drinks to ring in 2022 the right way! Traditions might call to pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne, but it doesn't mean there's no time to enjoy a delicious festive cocktail or two before the ball drop.
We have made a list of the top ten boozy mixed drinks for guaranteed happy new year celebrations. Don't expect to find mulled wine or eggnog on this list. Nothing about these festive drinks is boring, and even the most classic cocktail recipes will have some celebratory twist on them.
In case you have made your resolutions early this year and jumping into January 2022 alcohol-free, we have some great mocktails and festive non-alcoholic drinks for you too.
Whatever your New Year's Eve plans are - a crazy party or a night in with closest friends and family, one of new year's Eve traditions you shouldn't ignore is popping that cork (or twisting it off if you're not into sparkling wine that much) and greeting the new year full of new possibilities with a cocktail in your hand.
Here is our Top Ten list of tried and tested cocktail recipes worthy of a spectacular celebration.
Watch the ball drop with a lemon drop! A Sparkling Lemon Drop Martini is our 2022 New Years Cocktail number one!
It is the perfect drink to ring in the new year - sweet, tart, bubbly, and super festive. Garnish it with a grilled lemon slice or an orange twist if you want. This special cocktail is the perfect drink for celebrating. With gin, sweet syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a splash of prosecco to top it all off, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Our second option is a classic champagne cocktail invented in France in 1904. The classic Kir Royale is made with Chambord or Crème de cassis (both are branded French berry liqueurs). It's those berries that give Kir Royale its signature ruby hue.
We use pomegranate juice instead for our New Year's Eve cocktail recipe. Sweet and tart pomegranate mixed with champagne or prosecco for a bubbly bite in an elegant champagne flute - royal and festive indeed.
A classic gin gimlet is "... half gin and half Rose's Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow." to quote Raymond Chandler's Long Goodbye.
We chose a gin gimlet recipe for this New Year celebration that features one of the 2022 trendy flavors - hibiscus. Sweet and tangy hibiscus elevates the botanical notes in gin, taking this retro cocktail to the next level. Mix in the elderflower liqueur and garnish with fresh primrose edible flowers - it is a vision of a drink!
A shandy is a British beer cocktail, usually one part beer and one part soda of your choice. It doesn’t sound like a drink for a New Year's Eve party, does it? But wait!
This apple ginger shandy is not some bland mix. It has all the flavors you want in a winter cocktail, the bubbly bite from hard apple cider, and an extra kick from spiced rum. Be careful with this delicious concoction; it gets right into your head!
This fruity gin cocktail is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Never thought raspberry jam works with gin? You are about to be blown away!
Top this raspberry gin mix with some champagne or sparkling wine to add the sparkles, garnish with some fresh berries,, and you are party-ready!
This classic cocktail is so underrated! Bring back the iconic sweet and creamy White Russian!
Take this vodka cocktail to a whole new level by mixing in some coffee liqueur, walnut syrup, or caramel. Big Lebowsky's favorite drink with a holiday twist will get you pleasantly tipsy in no time.
Take this simple warm and spicy apple brandy cocktail and turn it into a festive hit,, simply adding a few extra ingredients.
Mix in some Angostura bitters, add a splash of honey or simple syrup, garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange twist,, and now your simple seasonal apple brandy cocktail is a New Year Old Fashioned.
Pisco Sour is a spicy twist on the classic whiskey sour cocktail from Latin America. It is made by vigorously shaking together Pisco brandy, lime juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters, and egg white.
Pisco Sour is good enough to be the national drink of both Peru and Chile! It sure is worth making for a fiery New Year celebration!
Look no further if you are looking for an extra glittery and high-end posh signature cocktail recipe. Our luxurious twist on the classic French 75, aka Refund Highlife, fits the bill.
Start it with the not-so-highlife ingredients like gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice, and then posh it up with champagne and edible gold sprinkles.
Last but not least, we have a German black forest cake-inspired cocktail recipe. Black Forest Fizz cocktail is here, so you can finally eat your cake and drink it too.
It is refreshing and sweet with gin and fresh rosemary garnish; top it off with a champagne punch for an elegant, delicious celebration.