The staff at Taste of Home loves a good cocktail – especially on New Year’s Eve. Here are some of our favorite signature drinks we love to serve as we ring in the New Year.
I love a good Irish Mule, but it can only be made with a good Irish whiskey – no Jack Daniels here. I love the way the ginger beer and lime compliment the bite of the whiskey. Don’t forget your copper glass! It adds the finishing touch to this classic cocktail. – Sarah James, Taste of Home blogger
The best way to bring in the new year? It’s always a long night… So, first and foremost, it needs to be light; nothing that will give you that full feeling and weigh you down for the evening…Next it needs to be to be crisp and refreshing – nothing you will tire of easily. The, no-fail, cocktail that always fits the bill for me is none other than: Vodka, Fresca with a splash of Cranberry Apple Juice. Hands down, my most favorite cocktail of all time. Absolutely, delicious.
Oh, and no celebration would be complete without of shots of Jameson scattered throughout the evening, regardless of the time of year. – Erin Puariea, General Manager, Taste of Home Cooking Schools
Nothing is as festive for the holidays as a flute of champagne. Something about it just says PARTY even if you’re just with a few friends. I love adding a splash of creme de cassis to create the classic Kir Royale. We always hand these out on Christmas Eve and again New Years to toast the season. I also love setting up a DIY champagne bar with liqueur and fresh juice options alongside the chilled champagne, cava and prosecco so guests can help themselves and mix in their desired flavor to their glass of bubbly. Some of my other favorite options include:
- St. Germaine, an elderflower liqueur
- Pomegranate liquor
- Mathilde Poire, a pear liqueur
- Tangerine, peach, pear and grapefruit juice or nectars
Provide lemon twists, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranate seeds & fresh ginger slices for garnishes and flavored sugars for the rims of the flutes. Cheers! – Heidi Frank, PR Manager, Taste of Home
Every year, my parents invite my immediate family over for pre-Christmas. Sometime before the actual holiday the kids and grandkids come over to exchange presents, eat some tasty treats and imbibe in a little liquid love. My dad (The Mix Master), is in charge of whipping up the must-enjoy holiday classic – the Tom & Jerry. This hot, rich and spicy cocktail is as important as sitting around the Christmas tree for the adults in the bunch. Here in Wisconsin, we are lucky enough to have access to Tom & Jerry mix. With this perfect mix, all you must do is fill your cup with hot water, gold rum, brandy (again, we’re in Wisconsin) and grated nutmeg. Drop in a cinnamon stick for a flavorful swizzler, froth it a bit and you are prepared to love the rest of your night. Do yourself a favor and ring in the new year with a little post-Christmas Tom & Jerry bliss. – Betsy Fryda, Program Manager, Taste of Home Cooking Schools
I like to kick off my NYE celebration with vodka. I’ll usually kick off the night with Effen Black and Red Bull Cola. Effen’s smooth cherry flavor, coupled with Red Bull Cola’s 100% all natural ingredients make this delicious flavor combo tastes like Cherry soda. As is tradition with my circle of friends, we’ll cap the night with shots of Blackberry Brandy, to soothe the soul and prepare for the challenges of the coming year. - Mitch Cooper, Experimental Marketing, Taste of Home
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