6 Amazing Cocktail Recipes for New Year's Eve (And What You'll Need for Your Bar Cart)
Ring in the new year with some festive cocktail recipes. Rachael's husband, John Cusimano, whipped up these flavorful drinks that are perfect for celebrating any time of year. Make sure you have the right bar tools and glassware on hand and you'll be well on your way to hosting one fabulous New Year's Eve bash.
Delicious New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipes
When hosting a party, it's important to offer a variety of drinks that cater to your guests' preferences. By adding a couple fan favorites to your arsenal—like margaritas and martinis—you're sure to please a crowd. Give these tried-and-true cocktails a fun twist with John's Pomegranate and Clementine Martini and Smoky Pineapple Margarita. If you want to serve a holiday-hued beverage, try the BOTJ Raspberry Rhubarb Fizz and Sloe and Bubbly for a beautiful red cocktail. Fun fact: The Sloe and Bubbly is made with sloe gin, which is redder in color and lower in alcohol content compared to regular gin. You can also substitute the gin in the Raspberry Rhubarb Fizz for club soda to offer a festive, non-alcoholic option for kids or designated drivers.
If you don't want to be behind the bar serving drinks all night, prepare this Bloody Good Orange Punch so party-goers can serve themselves. Plus, it's a breeze to make. The only thing missing from this festive list is a dessert cocktail, right? Round out your beverage menu with this decadent Death by Chocolate. Between the chocolate vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, and the chocolate shavings on top, you'll have a cocktail so delicious your guests may choose to forgo dessert!
Bar Cart Essentials
Now that you know what you're serving, gather all the bar essentials you need to make sure your party goes off without a hitch. This mixologist set has the basic tools necessary to make your cocktails, including a shaker, strainer, mixing glass, muddler, and stainless steel spoon. It's also important to have a variety of glassware on hand, because it actually makes a difference in how a beverage tastes! Red wine glasses are wider than white wine glasses, for example, because red vino needs more room to release its aroma and bold flavors. Different glassware is ideal for martinis, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options, too—did you know the triangular martini glass was made to hold the olive garnish? For batch drinks, opt for this beautiful crystal bowl that'll show off the Bloody Good Orange Punch's rich color. And don't forget the ice! For guests who prefer their drinks on the rocks, you can't go wrong with this sleek ice bucket. Last but not least, you need at least one bottle of Champagne on your bar cart so you're ready to toast to the new year!
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