Looking for some festive cocktails to ring in the new year? Stock up on basic ingredients and wow your friends with these tasty, yet simple drinks.
These sparkling and fruity cocktails are festive and easy to make in a large-batch for your holiday party.
Pour the tequila, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime juice into a pitcher. Stir well to combine.
To rim the glasses, place salt on a plate and rub a lime wedge around each glass before dipping. Serve margaritas over ice and garnish with cranberries and a lime wedge.
Ginger beer cocktails have become especially popular as the spicy non-alcoholic beverage can be paired with nearly any liquor, from vodka and rum to whiskey, gin or tequila.
Your ginger-loving guests will love the basic Moscow Mule (pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer) or the Dark & Stormy (pour rum and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer).
Want to try something a little different? Mix up this crowd-pleasing punch in advance.
In a pitcher, combine the orange juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, rum and ginger beer. Stir well to combine. Fill glasses with ice and garnish with orange or lime slices.
Kick up the flavors of a classic Tom Collins with this light and festive drink.
Combine the gin (or vodka or tequila) with fresh juice, simple syrup and club soda. Serve in a cocktail glass or copper mug. Garnish with mint, thyme or basil.
To make your own simple syrup, place 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a microwavable bowl and heat on high for 60 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
For guests who may have trouble staying awake til midnight, offer a magical pick-me-up.
The Espresso Martini mixes vodka with espresso coffee, coffee liqueur and simple syrup. Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Fine strain it to a chilled martini glass and garnish with a few coffee beans.
Perfect for using up leftover juices and champagne, start the new year off right with a bubbly mimosa cocktail. Fill a tall champagne flute about two-thirds full with sparkling wine and top it off with juice.
Classic mimosas are made with orange juice, but you can change it up with cranberry, grapefruit, pineapple, apple or any other chilled juice you may have.