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

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 New Year’s Eve Cocktails that were unearthed in the process!


Mixing up a cocktail is the beverage equivalent of putting on a pair of satin 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 a pair of 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 elaborate recipes from dog-eared pages of my favorite cookbooks, impromptu front yard hangs with friends, and ringing in the New Year with one of these New Year’s Eve cocktails! (It can’t come soon enough!)

New Year’s Eve Cocktails

New Year's Eve Cocktails with thyme

Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, you can’t go wrong with a champagne cocktail. This easy Blackberry Thyme Sparkler is made with a simple homemade blackberry simple syrup and garnished with a gold sugar rim.

via The Effortless Chic


New Year's Eve Cocktails - Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

Made with pear juice, prosecco and vanilla vodka so it tastes a bit like fall, if fall were melted into a glass and served over ice. The pear flavor? Completely irresistible

via The Sweetest Occasion

 Tangerine Bourbon Sidecar

Tangerine Bourbon Sidecar

A delicious and refreshing bourbon cocktail!

via The Lifestyled

New Year's Eve Cocktails - Honey Roasted Sparkling Pear Cocktails

Honey Roasted Sparkling Pear Cocktails

The easiest festive cocktails made with sparkling wine, champagne, or grapefruit juice, then blended with a honey roasted pear puree, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla! Simple, light, delicious.

via Cotter Crunch

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

Serve up this flavorful  festive cocktail for New Year’s Eve, it’s perfect!

via Pizzazzerie

St. Germain & Cassis Gin and Soda

St. Germain & Cassis Gin and Soda

A fizzy, blush-hued gin cocktail with floral St. Germain and rich cassis.

via Hungry Girl Por Vida

The most charming ice shot glasses

The most charming ice shot glasses

These fruity and floral ice shot glasses are a perfectly charming addition to any party and create an easy and entertaining treat for your guests.

via Sugar and Charm

New Year's Eve Cocktails Blood Orange and Ginger Boston Sour

Blood Orange and Ginger Boston Sour

A version of the East coast cocktail is gorgeously hued, incredibly easy to make, and flavored with blood orange juice and ginger liqueur. This Blood Orange Boston Sour is one celebratory drink worth shaking up.

via Zestful Kitchen

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Cozying up with this Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned. Homemade spiced chai simple syrup, mixed with warming bourbon, winter citrus, a touch of vanilla, and fizzy sparkling water. This old fashioned makes for the most perfect cozy fall and winter cocktail that everyone will love. Make the syrup ahead of time and keep in the fridge to mix up a quick drink in a moment’s notice.

via Half Baked Harvest

Pear & Ginger Champagne New Year's Eve Cocktails

Pear & Ginger Champagne New Year’s Eve Cocktails

An easy drink, that’s refreshing and perfect for New Year’s

via Dishing up the Dirt

Which champagne is good for New Year’s?

New Year’s Eve cocktails are awesome, but you may want some straight up bubbly too! Here is a list of my favorite champs:

  • Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines
  • Laurent Perrier Brut
  • Taittinger Brut La Francaise
  • Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut
  • Marie-Noelle Ledru Grand Cru Extra Brut
  • Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
  • Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2009
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

What’s good to mix with champagne?

If you want to make cocktails, but would like to keep things super simple. Here’s a list of good mixers for champagne:

  • Any fruit juice: cranberry, grape, orange, and more!
  • Chambord
  • Cointreau
  • Bitters

Drinks for a kid friendly new year’s Party

If the little ones are going to involved, you can still add some fancy to their night! Why not try some of these non alcoholic drinks.

Top Tips For New Year’s Cocktails

  • Don’t use the ice in the cocktail shaker more than once. If not, when shaking, you’ll dilute the cocktail.
  • Ensure that the glass is big enough to contain the cocktail you’ve prepared.
  •  Never shake fizzy drinks, if you do, you’ll have a bomb with a delayed fuse on your hands.
  • If you have space in your freezer, you’ll be able to store your cocktail glasses there (don’t do this if they’re made of very fine crystal, they can break), this way, when serving, your glasses will already be chilled.

Check Out These Other Great Cocktail Recipes

Do you have a favorite new year’s eve cocktail recipe? What indulgences would you enjoy with more free time? Let us know in the comments, friends.

  1. Lindsay


    Hi, I can’t seem to save this amazing post to pinterest. Is there an issue with the Pin link?

  2. Krysta


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

  3. Elizabeth


    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?!

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

    • Jen Pinkston


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

  5. Krysta


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

    • Jen Pinkston


      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.

  6. I want to try all of these!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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