Why head out on New Year’s Eve when you can be your very own mixologist at home? Even better, ensure a festive night with these cocktail recipes that imbue both California cool and New Year’s Eve fun. See more below.
1 bottle - Apothic Red
1 bottle/can – Ginger Beer
Mint, lemon wedge, orange wheel or dark cherry (optional garnishes)
Method: Combine 3 ounces Apothic Red and 3 ounces ginger beer in a glass filled with ice. Stir it up then choose your own garnish adventure of mint, lime wedge, orange wheel, or a dark cherry.
1 oz Argonaut Fat Thumb
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz cranberry juice cocktail
2.5 oz dry sparkling wine
1 dash vanilla extract
Fresh thyme for garnish
Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin except the sparkling wine. Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a thyme sprig and a fresh cranberry.’’
See also: 7 Mocktail Recipes for Dry January
1 ½ oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado
1 tsp. Spiced Apple Cider Powder
1 Lemon Wedge
Top with Ginger Beer
Method: In a mixing glass combine the first three ingredients with ice, shake and serve over the rocks, top with ginger beer and sprinkle nutmeg. Garnish with lemon and mint.
Method: In a mug combine apple cider, hot water, blood orange puree and mix well, add the rest of the ingredients and serve. Garnish with orange peel.
1 oz. Cinzano Rosso
1 oz. Campari
Top with Cinzano Prosecco D.O.C.
Garnish: orange slice or twist
Method: Pour the ingredients directly in a glass filled with fresh ice. Stir and complete with a half-wheel of or twist of orange.
Equal parts of Cinzano Sparkling Wine (Prosecco D.O.C.) & Aperol
A splash of soda
Garnish: Slice of orange
Glass: Wine glass
Method: In a glass full of ice. Combine Cinzano Prosecco D.O.C. followed by Aperol in equal parts. Add a splash of soda. Garnish with an orange slice.
1 part Averna
2 parts Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until cold
Strain into a well-chilled coupe
Garnish with a brandied cherry
2 oz. Sherry Oak 18 Years Old
2 barspoons Honey
4 dashes Orange bitters
Garnish: Orange peel
1.5 oz Patrón Sherry Cask Añejo
.5 oz apple brandy
.75 oz honey syrup
.75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 cardamom pods
Apple fan, for garnish
Method: Gently toast the cardamom pods in a pan (or with a torch) and muddle in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add liquid ingredients and shake with ice to chill. Double-strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an apple fan.
Photography by: Courtesy Apothic Red