2 Fun Ideas for New Years Cocktail Recipes

I have two fun and easy New Years cocktail recipes for you as we are approaching another year!

Crazy how time flies. But the New Year always seems to be a great time to reflect on the past year, celebrate all of your blessings, big or small and manifest all of the many blessing that you want to continue to come your way. What better way to do all of that than with a fun cocktail with your loved ones!

This post will inspire you with two fun New Years Cocktail Recipes that will have you ready to ring in the New Year.

Your 2 New Years Cocktail Recipes to Try!

For both drinks, try out this fun and iconic champagne glass from Crate & Barrel.

1. French 75

A French 75 is easily one of my favorite cocktails. We actually used the cocktail recipe for one of our signature cocktails for our wedding. It’s a light and refreshing drink and screams let’s celebrate!

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. 3 oz Champagne
  2. 1.5 oz Gin (or Vodka – sometimes I LOVE the taste of Vodka in this cocktail, its more subtle than gin)
  3. 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  4. 2 tsp Simple Syrup
  5. Granulated Sugar
  6. Lemon Twist (Optional)

Here is how to make it:

  1. Start by rimming your cocktail glass or champagne flutes with a sugar rim.
  2. With a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.
  3. Shake well, strain your cocktail and add your rimmed champagne flute.
  4. Take 3oz of your favorite champagne and pour it into your glass for a floater.
  5. Add a lemon twist to the rim for extra pizzazz.

2. Sparkling Blackberry Thyme

This is such a super easy New Year cocktail recipe. Just think of it as your really dressed up glass of Champagne, because that’s all it really is (well, with a little gin)! My friend served these for an event once and I was obsessed!

New Years cocktail recipes

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. Blackberries (or any berry of your choice really)
  2. 1 cup Sugar
  3. 1 cup Water
  4. Champagne
  5. 2 oz Gin
  6. Sprigs of Thyme
  7. Brown Sugar for the Rim

Here is how to make it:

  1. Start by making your blackberry simple syrup. Take your water, sugar and a few blackberries in a small pan and bring to a boil. Once it has come to boil, remove from heat, allow to cool and transfer to a heat safe glass. Your syrup should be a light red color from the blackberries.
  2. Let’s now start with your cocktail, by preparing your champagne flute and sugaring the rims.
  3. Once glasses are prepared, add your gin followed by 1 oz of your blackberry simple syrup.
  4. Top of your cocktail with a champagne floater.

Tip: for more of an ombre aesthetic cocktail, make a thicker simple syrup by adding more sugar!


How to Rim a Cocktail Glass

Liquid Riming Options:

Use which ever you think is best and that will compliment your drink.

  • Citrus Fruits (lemon, orange or lime)
  • Syrups (maple, corn, agave, simple or chocolate)
  • Caramel
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Water

Here’s How to Do It:

  1. If using a syrup, caramel, honey or butter, put the smallest amount on your fingers and rub it around the rim of the glass. For these types of liquid rimming options you never want it to over power the cocktail, so that’s why I recommend using your finger so that you can control how much gets added (but of course make sure you wash your hands first).
  2. If using citrus fruits or water, feel free to either take a slice of the fruit to rub around the rim. Or, if it’s the citrus fruit juice or water, pour a little onto a dish (about 1/8th inch in height) and dip the rim of your glass into the dish. If you are aiming for a fully rimmed cocktail, place your glass vertically in the liquid and be sure to remove it vertically so that you don’t have excess liquid on your glass.
  3. Next, take your glass which is now coated with the rimming liquid and place it in a dish of the rimming texture of your choice! Cheers!

Top Tips When Making New Years Cocktail Recipes

  1. Store your cocktail glasses in the freezer if you can. This will ensure your glasses will already be chilled before your celebrations. (NOTE: please do not put your glasses in the freezer if there are fine crystal)
  2. If you are making shaken drinks, only use ice in the cocktail shaker once per cocktail. This will make sure you aren’t serving diluted cocktails.
  3. Make it an experience! Don’t be scared to jazz up your drinks. Add those extra garnished because they look good! Serve them on your cute new platter!
  4. Do test out any new cocktails ahead of your celebration. Recipes are great, but everyone may love cocktails a little sweeter, stronger, etc. So just be sure you are crafting up the perfect cocktail that your guests will enjoy.
  5. Lastly, prep your drinks ahead of your celebration. If you need to make simple syrup, go ahead and make that. If you need to cut lemon twists, get to cutting! If you need to rim your glasses, do it! When your guests arrive, you don’t want to do more than a few cocktail shakes and a pour when they arrive.


Cheers!

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