Healthy new year drinks to toast to

Healthy new year drinks to toast to

Preparations for New Year’s Eve have already started at our place. While Christmas is usually more of a family get together, to welcome the New Year we have a party with friends. For a good New Year’s Eve party, you need festive drinks!

Chocolate Martini Mocktail

We like to think of this decadent chocolate syrup-based mocktail from Bobby Flay as an upscale version of chocolate milk. With its chocolate-sprinkle-covered rim and ultra-smooth texture, it truly is dessert in a glass.

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis

Bellinis are a must-have at any gathering — especially when that gathering goes well into the next morning like your New Year’s Eve party will. Pomegranate and cranberry juice combine with sparkling water to give it a ultra-lux finish that’s as refreshing as the Prosecco-filled version.

Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour

We crave cranberry cocktails all winter long and this is our go-to cocktail this holiday season. It’s warm and spicy from the whiskey and ginger beer but refreshing and tart from the cranberry and citrus. The perfect cocktail combo.

Tiramisu White Russians

Somewhere between cocktail and dessert, this Italian-influenced White Russian is hard to resist. Looking for a festive upgrade? A dash of orange bitters, a pinch of ground cinnamon, or some fresh nutmeg shavings add another dimension to this decadent drink.

Pomegranate French 75

Casablanca fans know all about this classic gin and Champagne cocktail, which is perfect for hoisting at midnight. We give it a seasonal tweak with the addition of pomegranate.

Boulevardier (Bourbon Negroni)

If you’d rather toast good riddance to 2021 with something stiff and bitter, you can’t beat a Boulevardier. It’s easy to make, exceedingly good, and oh, so very warming.

Warm Tea-and-Cider Punch

Meeting friends for an outdoor New Year’s Eve gathering. Dress warm, gather around the nearest fire pit, and keep this spin on a hot toddy on hand.

Pear-flavored Cosmopolitan

pear-flavored Cosmopolitan, place 2 pear slices (you can leave on the skin), 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 ounce of cranberry juice in a shaker. Add 1-1/2 ounces of a citrus-flavored vodka and 1/2 ounce of triple sec, followed by ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon or ground cardamom.

Champagne Holiday Punch

When you’re hosting a crowd of people, punch is the way to go. Not only will it save you from spending the entire party playing bartender, but a large punch bowl has a way of elevating a regular event into a festive affair. This punch from Eric Castro, co-founder of San Diego’s Polite Provisions and Raised by Wolves, is particularly festive. Genever’s nutty, earthy flavor is enhanced with Old Fashioned bitters, while Cointreau brings sweetness and lemon adds brightness. Of course, Champagne plays a starring role too, with its light bubbles bringing it all together with a fizz fitting for the holidays.

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