Enjoy the New Year ‘buzz’
Hi, wassup folks? So now that we have celebrated another joyous Christmas in these times of gloom, dread and god-knows-what-all kinds of health scare, the countdown has begun in earnest to the New Year’s eve. In case the Christmas festivities totally drained out your cellar, or the alcohol supply is running short, it’s already time to head out to a #LiquorStoreNearYou or pre-order on Our Liquor Store and save yourself a few cartons of your favorite beverages.
We all agree that a countdown to the New Year’s is nothing without nursing a potent drink in your hands, don’t we? Whether you’re a fan of champagne, tequila, vodka, whiskey or wine, there’re drinks galore for you; of course accompanied by a sumptuous supply of the New Year’s eve party foods, appetizers and even foods for good luck! Here’re a few drinks worth clinking your glasses to!
Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour: We crave cranberry cocktails all winter long and this is our go-to cocktail this holiday season, too. It’s warm and spicy from the whiskey and ginger beer, but refreshing and tart from the cranberry and citrus. The perfect cocktail combo!
Champagne Margaritas: This margarita gets a festive boost with the addition of your favorite bubbly.
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.
Espresso Martini: You won’t have trouble making it to midnight. The Espresso Martini is the perfect way to get a little buzzed while also getting a bit perked up.
Sugar Cookie Martinis: Who says the festivities have to end December 26? Red and green sprinkles make this NYE cocktail merry and bright.
Classic Sidecar: This is one classic cocktail recipe you’ll want to keep in your back pocket. The sugar rim isn’t required, but we think it offsets the tart flavors in the drink nicely.
Classic Manhattan: There are few cocktails more storied (or simple!) than the Manhattan. First stirred up in 1894 by a bartender at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria, the defining characteristic is that it uses Scotch whiskey. Over the years, the Manhattan has stayed in fashion—and is perhaps more popular now than ever before—with bourbon being the most common alcohol.
Pecan Pie Martini: The only thing better than pecan pie is a pecan pie-flavored martini that’ll get you drunk.
Holly Jolly Fireball Shots: How to survive the holiday season? Of course with lots and lots of Christmas Fireball shots.
Hot Buttered Rum: When it’s freezing outside, rum is the only thing that’ll do.
Whiskey Ginger: The drink goes the extra mile with the addition of a showstopper garnish, spicy candied ginger. Not only does it look great atop the drink, but it’s also great for snacking (and keeps for weeks).
Irish Mule: Everybody loves how the oaky, vanilla-y flavors that come from your favorite whiskey are so well complimented by the fresh ginger and lime.
Honeycomb Sazerac: This twist on the traditional New-Orleans cocktail has all the crucial elements and then some: a crisp, bold-flavored rye whiskey, cognac, bitters, and of course, absinthe; but we used honey in place of a regular ‘ole sugar cube to really complement the botanical and earthy flavors in the whiskey.
Bourbon Chai Toddy: Sweet, spiced chai makes a fragrant base for a warming winter drink like this toddy.
Eddie’s Eggnog: Warm up with this extra boozy eggnog inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
Leftover Pecan Pie Bourbon Shake: This is the one time you want to make sure you don’t eat all the pecan pie.
The Bee Keeper Punch: This big-batch whiskey cocktail will be the hit of your holiday party.
St. Germain Spritz: If you’re a fan of refreshing, low-alcohol cocktails like the ever-popular Aperol Spritz, we have a sneaking suspicion you’re gonna love this cocktail.
Pear Mimosas: On its own, pear nectar can be a little, well, thick. But cut it with 2 parts dry champagne and you’re in business.
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.
Driven Snow Cocktail: If your tastes tend less toward Champagne and more toward creamy cocktails, toast 2022 with this rum-inflected combo of white chocolate and ginger liqueurs.
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.
Cider Sidecar: Cognac, Cointreau, and apple cider make this bright winter cocktail extra attractive. To make it even fancier, add an ounce of bubbly to the top before serving.
Sparkling Pear & Orange Champagne Punch: You could toast with Champagne or you could toast with this fruity, sweet concoction that makes plenty to go around.
So, go ahead and envelop yourself with some boozy warmth these holidays. We hope and pray that the New Year will be a lot better than the one passing us by in less than a week. Merry Christmas, again, and season’s greetings to you and all loved ones!