New Year’s Eve Cocktails


Jacqueline and Robert Kennedy at a dinner party hosted by the Kennedys in Georgetown, June 3, 1957.

New Year’s Eve means gold sequins, glitter and fancy winter cocktails. It’s time to chill your glasses and get your shaker ready.

The table is set with all that glitters…perfect for your New Year’s Eve party! Put together an evening that dazzles with sparkling drinks, food, and decor.

Don’t pack up the Christmas decorations before you ring in the New Year. Sparkly tinsel makes a festive cocktail topper and we can still be in the spirit of making other spirits bright.

Colder weather brings warmer drinks like red wines, creamy sipping drinks but no New Year’s Eve is complete without a little fizz.

Ring in the New Year in style with these memorable cocktail recipes:


Saint-Florent Cocktail

  • 6 T gin
  • 3 T fresh lime juice
  • 3 T Aperol
  • 1 T honey syrup (mix 1/4 cup honey with 2 T hot water and mix to dissolve honey)
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • top off with Prosecco or Champagne for some festive fizz

In a cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled coupe glasses. Top off with Prosecco (or Champagne) and garnish with a lime wheel.


Dancer’s Delight

  • 6 oz strong chai tea
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 3/4 oz amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz soy milk

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine ingredients and shake. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and nutmeg. This may make you feel like doing the dance of the SugarPlum fairy!


Mulled Wine

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 whole clove
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
  • 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy

Combine ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low about 30 minutes. Serve in mugs with an orange peel. Your guests will feel like they’ve been out on the slopes skiing all day.

Grab a glass and celebrate! It may be New Year’s Eve, but these are cocktails to enjoy all winter long.

The key to setting a celebratory mood is an upbeat playlist. My friend Jen and I have celebrated numerous New Year’s together. The last time our families had New Year’s dinner together, I set my music set on random and it found Phish! It was more of a mellow evening. I this year I’m going with Pandora’s “Mad Men Suite” station. I’m channeling Jackie Kennedy…music of the sixties and cocktails just feels so glamorous. You can’t go wrong with Henry Mancini or Don Draper!

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Bonne année et bonne santé! xx


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