New Year's Eve Cocktails: Go Beyond the Bubbly
Three mixologists give PEOPLE.com readers some non-champagne options for toasting 2012
Are you tired of ringing in the new year with the usual Champagne? Still, no New Year’s party is complete without a few festive cocktails on the drink table, so why not mix up something special for the last night of the year?
Follow these recipes to put a little extra new pizzazz in your glass as you raise a toast to 2012.
A few fun tips from Beefeater Gin brand ambassador Nick Van Tiel: Chill your glasses in the freezer before serving to add to the professional presentation, always use fresh juices (fresh-squeezed is best) and don’t be afraid to get creative with garnishes!
By Nick Van Tiel, Beefeater Gin Brand Ambassador
- 2 parts Champagne
- 4 parts apple juice (cloudy)
- 2 parts Beefeater Gin
- 3 teaspoons elderflower cordial
- 2 wedges of lime
- 2 big sprigs of mint and a slice of apple to garnish
Fill a highball glass to the brim with cubed ice. Squeeze the lime wedges and then drop it into the glass. Add in the gin, apple juice, elderflower and Champagne; then give it a good stir.
Chief of Affections
By Debbie Anday of NYC s Lani Kai
- 1 part Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose Moscato
- 1 sage leaf
- 1.5 parts Rhum JM Rhum Agricole
- ½ parts Aperol
- ¼ parts egg white (dry shaken)
- ¾ parts grapefruit juice
- ½ parts lime juice
- ½ parts cane syrup
Serve in a rocks glass. Fill all ingredients in a highball glass and top with Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose Moscato and garnish with sage leaf.
Earl-y New Years Chill
By Jamie Gordon, Pernod Ricard ambassador
- 2 parts Beefeater 24
- 1 part earl grey syrup (add sugar)
- ¾ part lemon juice
- ½ part pasteurized egg white
- 2 dashes peach bitters
In a shaker, add all the ingredients except the ice. Shake cocktail thoroughly. Add ice and shaker again to chill and froth the cocktail. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon zest.
To make Earl Grey Syrup, combine a very strong brew of Earl Grey Tea with sugar in a 1:1 ratio. Allow to cool before use.