New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate and pull out your finest. Why not go all out with a fancier drink than usual? Need inspiration? Here are three amazing-looking cocktails to bring in the New Year – shown in order of easiest to hardest by way of preparation.
“When I saw this cocktail that included maple syrup, I knew my search was over. I’m a big fan of maple syrup in cocktails and this was perfect… I think you’re going to like it too.” via Eat Make Read
1.5 oz rum
.5 oz maple syrup
juice from 1/2 lime
dash of bitters
slice of lime to garnish
- Combine all ingredients, along with ice, in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. You’re looking to get some of that ice melted.
- After about 10-15 seconds, strain the liquid into a lowball glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
Pom-Cucumber Champagne Cocktail
“The grassiness of the cucumber is perfect with the sweet and tart flavor of the pomegranate.” via Tasty Trials
½ Cup Cucumber Juice (from an English cucumber)
1 Cup Pomegranate Juice
1 Tbsp Superfine Sugar
1 Bottle of Champagne
Pomegranate arils and cucumber slices (optional)
- Grate cucumber and push through a strainer to get the desired amount of juice
- Mix cucumber and pomegranate juice. Pour 3 tbsp into each champagne flute.
- Top with champagne
- Garnish with pomegranate arils and cucumber slices
“A lot of my contemporary cocktails are inspired by the classics, this cocktail gets its inspiration from the very popular prohibition era cocktail – the Clover Leaf.” via Post Prohibition
2 oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz house made grenadine
1 egg white
6–8 chocolate mint leaves
3 drops of Peychaud’s Bitters for garnish
1 chocolate mint sprig for garnish
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except chocolate mint and Peychaud’s Bitters.
- Dry shake or use a hand held frother to incorporate the egg white.
- Pick 6–8 chocolate mint leaves place in your hand and smack with your other hand, then toss into the cocktail shaker. There is no need to muddle the mint.
- Add ice to your shaker and shake.
- Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with one chocolate mint sprig and three drops of Peychaud’s Bitters.
(see video directions here)