Three mixologists give readers some non-champagne options for toasting 2012

By Liz Raftery
December 31, 2011 02:30 PM
Credit: Pernod Ricard

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!

Firework Fizz

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.