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Head into the new year with a glass of something special! Cold and fizzy, hot or caffeinated: these 22 New Year’s Eve cocktails have something for everyone. Or choose one to be the “signature drink” for your New Year’s Eve swaray.

A bar cart with champagne cocktails, nuts and New Year's decorations.
Table of Contents
  1. Champagne cocktails
  2. Gin cocktails
  3. Tequila cocktails
  4. Vodka cocktails
  5. Whiskey cocktails
  6. Wine cocktails

Champagne cocktails

Aperol Spritz
The classic Aperol Spritz is a refreshing aperitif cocktail that combines bright orange Aperol liqueur and dry sparkling wine.
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Three Aperol Spritz cocktails.
Bellini
Sparkly and refreshing, a Bellini is a light and fruity Italian cocktail made with just 2 ingredients: Prosecco and peach nectar or purée.
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Three bellinis garnished with fresh peach slices.
Champagne Cocktail
For a festive holiday drink recipe or to add some sparkle to any happy hour, try this easy Champagne Cocktail recipe. It's a showy yet remarkably simple low-alcohol cocktail idea.
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A champagne cocktail in a champagne flute.
Kir Royal
Made with Champagne and crème de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur), a Kir Royale (or Kir Royal) is a fruity French cocktail great for sipping before dinner.
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Two Kir Royale cocktails in champagne flutes on a metal tray.

Gin cocktails

Gimlet
While the original Gimlet was made with Rose's Lime Cordial, you can update this gin cocktail with fresh lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. It's crisp, refreshing, and only 3 ingredients.
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Gimlets in stemmed glasses with lime slices.
Martini
A classic dry martini is made with gin, dry vermouth, and olives or a lemon twist for garnish. It's one of the most well-known cocktails and remains popular more than 100 years after its creation.
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Two dry martinis garnished with green olives.
Negroni
An Italian aperitif, the classic Negroni cocktail is made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin.
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A negroni cocktail in a rocks glass.

Tequila cocktails

Charro Negro
Based on the "black cowboy" of Mexican folklore, the Charro Negro cocktail is made with tequila, cola, and lime juice and is ubiquitous at Mexican celebrations such as baptisms, weddings, and birthday parties.
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A Charro Negro cocktail in a highball glass.
Paloma Cocktail
Mexico’s national aperitif, the Paloma cocktail, is a simple tequila drink with a thirst-quenching, irresistible appeal. Move over Margarita, here comes something better!
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A collins glass with a Paloma cocktail in it, garnished with a grapefruit wedge.
Tequila Sunrise
The Tequila Sunrise is a picture-perfect cocktail with a rock 'n roll history. Serve it poolside, at parties, and any time you are craving a sweet sunrise.
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Tequila sunrise in two glasses on a blue tray.

Vodka cocktails

Bloody Marys
This homemade Bloody Mary mix is super easy to whip up in advance; when it's time for brunch, load up with every pickled thing you can find.
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Two bloody marys with garnishes.
Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan cocktail, better know as a Cosmo, is a fruity drink made with cranberry juice, vodka, triple sec, and lime juice.
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Two cosmopolitan cocktails on a galvanized metal serving tray.
Greyhound
A classic Greyhound cocktail is just vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice, and it's just as fruity and refreshing as it sounds. Add a salted rim and you'll have a "Salty Dog."
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A greyhound cocktail.
Jello Shots
For tailgating, holidays or any day you want to feel more festive, learn how to make colorful DIY Jello Shots. How can you not be in good spirits after shooting one of these mini cocktails?
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Various colored jello shots in clear portion cups.
The Best Moscow Mule
Discover the secret ingredients to the Best Moscow Mule you’ve ever tasted! Developed by a bartender friend in Minnesota, this mule is miles ahead the rest of the pack and perfect for your next happy hour.
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The best Moscow mule in a copper mug with a lime.
White Russian
The classic White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. It's simple, delicious, and tastes a little bit like iced coffee.
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A white Russian cocktail with a bottle of Kahlua in the background.

Whiskey cocktails

Hot Toddy
Whether you’ve got a cold, cough, or just a case of the winter blues, a Hot Toddy will wrap around you like a warm blanket and soothe your weary bones. Here’s the classic recipe for a delicious hot cocktail you can make all season long.
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Hot toddies in clear glass mugs on a silver serving tray.
Irish Coffee
Here are the secrets for the best Irish Coffee: Dissolve brown sugar in whiskey, add boiling-hot coffee, and float a layer of barely-whipped, frothy cream on top.
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A tray with Irish Coffee and a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey.
Old Fashioned
One of the earliest cocktails on record, a classic Old Fashioned cocktail is made with whiskey, simple syrup, and muddled bitters.
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An Old Fashioned cocktail in a rocks glass.

Wine cocktails

Iced Tea Berry Sangria
In the summer, when the days are hot and fresh berries are plentiful, there’s no better beverage than a thirst-quenching glass of Iced Tea Berry Sangria.
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3 glasses and a pitcher of iced tea berry sangria surrounded by piles of fresh berries.
Mulled Wine
A cup of homemade Mulled Wine makes cheeks rosy and warms from the inside out. This delicious blend of wine, fruit, and fragrant spices will become your new holiday tradition.
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Mulled wine in clear mugs.

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