Drink Up: New Year's Eve Cocktails
17 phenomenal recipes to bring you into 2013

5,4,3,2,1...Happy New Year!! Okay, so it's not quite New Year's yet, but we sure are getting into the spirit. The perfect way to toast to a brand new year is with an alcohol-soaked, delicious cocktail. We've rounded up the most scrumptious libations, from champagne beverages, to colorful concoctions, and yes, we've even thrown in a jello shot for good measure. Check out the list below and decide how you want to get your groove on in 2013. 

                     

French 75 (Courtesy of Spice Market)
1 oz. St. Germain
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. Plymouth Gin
1 ½ oz. Cava Dibon

Chill St. Germain, Lemon Juice and Plymouth Gin, strain into Champagne Flute, top with Cava Dibon, garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!



Chrysler
(Courtesy of Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel)
¼ oz. liquefied honey
⅛ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
⅛ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ oz. cognac
Wee bit of luster dust topped with champagne or sparkling wine.  

 

 

 

 

Ritz Cocktail

¾ oz. Cognac

½ oz. Cointreau

¼ oz. Maraschino

¼ oz. Lemon juice

4 oz. champagne
 
 

Zeppole Sparkler
 

4 oz. MARTINI Moscato d’Asti
½ oz. of BACARDI Gold Rum
Dash of lemon juice
Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. In a prepared champagne glass, place all ingredients. Stir once and serve.



Port of Mischief Punch
3 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. port
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes (per serving) anise bitters
2 dashes (per serving) house bitters
Combine chilled ingredients in a punch bowl over one large block of ice. Garnish with lime wheels and freshly grated nutmeg. Serve with a ladle and small glass tea cups.


Spiced Pear Tart Martini (Courtesy of Raymi)
1 ½ oz. Pisco (VARGAS)
1 ½ oz. sour mix
2 oz. pear nectar
½ oz anise simple syrup
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
5 drops bitters
Ice, shake, and strain all ingredients. Sprinkle cinnamon for garnish.


Peppermint Patty (Courtesy of Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek)
1 oz. Patron XO Café Tequila1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. Crème De Menthe Green Liqueur
2 oz. Cream  
Combine all ingredients and serve on the rocks.



 

The Snowcap(Courtesy of Celsius Restaurant)

1 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka1 oz. Kahlua Mocha liqueur

Hot chocolate to taste
Whipped cream

Chocolate shavings 

Combine ingredients in a coffee mug and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.



 

Mrs. Dalloway (Courtesy of The Dalloway)
1 count Tanqueray Gin
Splash Raspberry Puree
Dash Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients with egg white, serve in a mini flute.



 

Tennessee Apple (Courtesy of Lucky Strike Lanes)
½ oz. Jack Daniels Honey
Dash Maple Syrup
Dash Apple Liquer
Dash Sour Mix
Top with Sprite
Build ingredients and serve in a rocks glass.




The Cactus-Pear Tequila Martini
(Courtesy of Canard Inc.)
1 oz. Cactus Pear Infused Tequila

¼ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Shake the ingredients together, pour into the glass, top with Champagne. Garnish lemon wheel.



 

Sgroppino Cocktail (Courtesy of Balducci’s)
1 cup chilled Balducci’s Prosecco
2 tablespoons chilled vodka
⅓ cup frozen lemon sorbet (or orange sorbet)

 ¼ tsp. chopped fresh Basil leaves 

Pour the Prosecco and vodka into two champagne flutes, dividing equally. Spoon a scoop of sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve immediately.





Deluxe
¾ oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
¾ oz. Cognac
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
Champagne
Combine all ingredients except Champagne in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled flute glass and top with Champagne.





 


Passionate Affair (Courtesy of Haven Rooftop)
1 oz. Stoli Vanilla
1 oz. Stoli Blueberry
½ oz. Raspberry Puree
1 oz. Sour Mix
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Topped off with Prosecco
Garnished the a blueberry and raspberry. Shaken and poured over ice.



Pucker Wild Winter Spice (Courtesy of LeeAnn Berry)
1 ½ oz. Pucker Vodka Sour Apple Sass
½ oz. Licor 43
5 Cinnamon Candies
2 oz. Soda
Scoop ice into shaker; add the first three ingredients. Shake vigorously; add soda and pour. Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick.
 



Cherry Cordial (Courtesy of Kellie Rowland of Mixology Bar and Lounge)
1 oz. Grey Goose Cherry Noir
1 oz. Creme de cocoa light
1 oz. Godiva dark chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Cream
Build over ice in a short glass and garnish with nutmeg and two Christian Brother's brandy infused cherries.





The Ball Drop Jello Shots (Courtesy of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs)
2 packages Strawberry Jello
1 cup vanilla
Colored sprinkles
Mix package of dry Jello with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of vodka. Pour mixture into small plastic cups and sprinkle colored sprinkles on top. Refrigerate Jello shots over night.



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