I've decided that I've had plenty of wine this year and so, for the night between the years, I want to treat myself to something special. That something ended up being a cocktail-making station. Because I plan on trying most of the great cocktails below!
It might seem complicated, but it isn't that hard to just have something special, drinks-wise, on New Year's Eve. Having some great cocktails on hand, making them on the spot, could be a fun activity, too, for everybody. This year, we learned a lot about making cocktails and we added quite a bit of them to our database. You can try out any of them and we can pretty much guarantee a successful evening!
Oh, and I will end this with a heartfelt toast: have a great new year with your loved ones, sharing the best, most comforting food!
Great cocktails to take you from 2018 to 2019
1. Winter punch
Are guests are dropping by your place this holiday season? We know you have your food all figured out, but you also have to treat them with a nice drink. You can make them our recipe of winter punch! It's got lots of winter flavors and the best thing about it is that it is alcohol-free, so even your kids will enjoy it!
Do you want to impress your friends with some new bartender skills? Why don’t you try this variation on a Caipiroska where we replace sugar with honey and supplement the vodka with curacao liqueur? And while we’re at it, let’s not stop at the ½ lime, but add slices of lime, orange, and lemon, lemon juice and lime juice, and shredded ginger.
You may want to try this rosy cocktail on a special evening. The lemon juice, zest, and lemonade, as well as the rose wine, give it a cheeky, sharp taste. To tame some of its lemony sharpness, add strawberries, spices, and brown sugar, then garnish with mint.
Daiquiri is a mix of rum, citrus, and sugar. The recipe can be traced all the way back to the end of the 19th century when there was an increase in the popularity of rum. You can use either lemon or lime for this, but we've decided to go with lime for its slightly distinct flavor.
Want to impress your friends with your bartending skills? Make them a classic drink, with a small twist. Like this gin and tonic, topped with a few forest fruits. And, don't forget to add a small hint of basil for extra freshness.
6. Tom Collins
Tom Collins is a cocktail which first turned up at the end of the 19th century. It's a mix of lemon juice and gin, flavored with a touch of sugar and mint. It's still popular nowadays, so try it and see why!
Here is a drink that perfectly shows you how well certain fresh ingredients work when incorporated into cocktails. This gin basil smash is as fresh as they come and will surely be a hit at your next party. Try it and enjoy it!