10 of the Best New Year’s Eve Cocktails Worth The Effort

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Mixing up a cocktail is the beverage equivalent of putting on your favorite Ganni slingbacks. It signifies that it’s not just going to be any old night. (If it were, you would have opened a bottle of wine and slipped your feet into some your trusty slip on mules.) As we head into this next holiday-filled week, the thing I find myself most looking forward to is having more fringe time to do things that usually feel too indulgent for your average Thursday– cooking more elaborate recipes that lie on dog-eared pages of my favorite cookbooks, inviting friends and family over for dinner via impulsive text message without worrying what time the kids will go to bed, and of course ringing in the New Year in a way that we recall with a grin this time next year. (Preferably with one of these New Year’s Eve Cocktails.)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Blackberry Thyme Sparkler via The Effortless Chic)

I took my cocktail research seriously as I was planning our menu for our first annual Austin holiday dinner party and wanted to share some of my favorite treasures that were unearthed in the process. Have a favorite recipe? What indulgences would you enjoy with more free time? Let us know in the comments, friends.

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch via The Sweetest Occasion)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Tangerine Bourbon Sidecar via The Lifestyled)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Honey Roasted Sparkling Pear Cocktails via Cotter Crunch)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe via Pizzazzerie)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(St. Germain & Cassis Gin and Soda via Hungry Girl Por Vida)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(The most charming ice shot glasses via Sugar and Charm)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Blood Orange and Ginger Boston Sour via Zestful Kitchen)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned via Half Baked Harvest)

New Year's Eve Cocktails

(Pear & Ginger Champagne New Year’s Eve Cocktails via Dishing up the Dirt)

Also, just kidding. I will always worry what time the kids will go to bed. But this week I’ll stifle that inner voice.

  1. I want to try all of these!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Krysta

    12/31/2018

    I finally made your blackberry sparklers after pinning them year after year! They were so good and surprisingly easy.

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/31/2018

      Yay! I’m so glad! Did they ombré the way they did in the photos? I have had some people make them and say they didn’t. I haven’t made them in years, but keep meaning to re-recipe test this one.

  3. How is a girl to choose?! The vanilla old fashioneds are calling my name!

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/31/2018

      Those look so good to me, too! I still haven’t tried that recipe. You’ll have to let me know if you do!

  4. Elizabeth

    12/31/2018

    I have been such a wine girl for so many years but have just recently starting drinking cocktails again. It might be in my head, but I feel like I get less hungover with cocktails?!

  5. Krysta

    12/31/2018

    They totally did! Maybe some people didn’t layer the ingredients like you said to?