What To Drink Now: Last Minute New Years Cocktails

Still looking for inspiration for tonight’s libations for your New Year’s Eve celebration?  Here are a few innovative and delicious cocktails to the rescue – mix up a batch of any of these ahead of time so all you have to do is add ice while enjoying your party.

Bubbly is the norm on New Year’s Eve, but you can transform your inexpensive glass of Cava or Prosecco with the addition of an array of liqueurs.  Add in floral St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, gingery Domaine de Canton Liqueur, fruity Chambord raspberry liqueur, spicy SNAP liqueur, or any array of other flavored liqueurs you may have in your liquor cabinet that will add an extra special touch to your favorite sparkler.  Add a few pomegranate seeds or raspberries for an additional special touch.

Or take the Champagne cocktail up a notch with this from Cointreau.

Sugar and Spice
½ oz. Remy Martin VSOP
½ oz. Cointreau
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Top with chilled Champagne
Build all ingredients in a chilled champagne flute.  Garnish with a long lemon twist.

If you are more of a straight cocktail fan, consider one of these festive, slightly out of the box options to make it a night to remember.

3/4 part Tequila Avión Reposado
3/4 part fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 part simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
Fresh red pepper
Directions: Combine tequila, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Fill your mixing glass with ice. Give your cocktail a good shake to chill, and strain it into your salted glass. Garnish with a piece of red pepper and cilantro.

Light as a Feather (and 152 calories)
1 part Tequila Avión Silver
1/2 part fresh pineapple juice
1/2 part fresh pressed apple juice
1/4 part agave nectar
Splash of lemon juice
Directions: Add all ingredients to shaker with ice, shake and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or cucumber.

Mexican Holiday
1 1/2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Spiced Orange Syrup*
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Cinnamon Stick Garnish
Directions:  Combine liquids in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick to stir.  *Spiced Orange Syrup: Place zest of one orange, 12 cloves, 1 tablespoon Allspice, 3/4 cup Water and 1 1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Strain. Discard zest and spices. Refrigerate syrup.

Monkey Jam Sour
2 oz Monkey Shoulder Whiskey
1 spoon of your favorite jam (any jam or marmalade)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
Directions: Pour in shaker with ice.  Shake it like crazy to blend in the sugar.  Strain over ice.

The Red Hound
2 parts RHUBARB Tea
4 parts red grapefruit juice
Dash of vanilla extract
Grapefruit slices
Directions: Chill all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and then strain into a glass up or pour over ice. Garnish with a floating slice of grapefruit.

Tanento Jalapeno Margarita
2 oz.  Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)
Directions:  Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (salted rim optional).  Garnish with a lime wheel or jalapeno slice.

Pomchi Smash
1-1/2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo rum
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
10 fresh Raspberries
5 Mint Leaves
Dash Angostura Bitters
Ginger Ale
Directions: Muddle raspberry with the mint. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake hard and strain into a highball glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with raspberry and mint.

Calm Before The Storm
Created by Eddie Paris, mixologist at 88 Wharf (Boston, MA)

2 oz Ron Abuelo 12 Años
6 oz ginger beer
1/2 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
Splash Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated ginger
Directions: Fill shaker with ice.  Grate ginger over ice and add rum, lime juice and orange juice. Shake. In a rocks glass, pour ginger beer over fresh ice.  Strain shaken rum and ingredients over the ginger beer.  Garnish with candied ginger ribbon.