But if you’re the type that is hooked on your good old favorite tried and true simple drinks, you may find yourself a bit lost when you finally manage to snag the bartender’s attention on one of the busiest bar nights of the year. Chances are that you’ll want to start off this bright, shiny new year with something special, unique and different. Trying something new is always a good way to bring in the changing year, right? So once you’re finally able to belly up to the bar, make sure that you have one of these mixed drinks in mind. We’ve sought out the top five beverages that are loaded with pizazz and class and will have you looking like a million bucks when 2018 rolls in. They are also perfect to serve at your private New Year’s Eve soiree. Each of these concoctions has fun ingredients but enough hard stuff to keep even the most seasoned drinker satisfied. Bottoms up! Don’t forget to drink responsibly, stay safe and from everyone at TheRichest, have a very Happy New Year!
5. Happy New Year
As far as names go, it doesn’t get much better (or impressive, for that matter) to answer with, “Happy New Year” when the bartender asks for your order. It also makes for a pretty good joke if you’re not with a group of cocktail aficionados. Based on the name alone, you’re probably thinking that one of the ingredients of this drink is champagne and you would be correct. But it begins with a nice brandy and Ruby Port topped with orange juice. These three are shaken together and then strained into a flute. The next and final step is the most fun. Simply add your favorite champagne and voila! You’ve got the perfect drink to celebrate the new year with. Can’t you just already see people asking you what you’re drinking? You’ll naturally respond with, “Happy New Year.” They’ll say, “No, I asked what you’re drinking.” “Like I said, Happy New Year.” Ah, fun times.
4. Pomegranate Poinsettia
Christmas may be over but as long as fully decorated holiday trees are still in living rooms and lights are hanging on houses, it’s perfectly acceptable to celebrate the new year with Christmas’ favorite plant, the poinsettia. This Christmas classic paired with the super popular and healthy pomegranate may be the perfect New Year’s Eve drink for you.
This holiday hit features sparkling wine, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and a dash of pomegranate liqueur. As a bonus, you’ll get to walk around the party with a red drink in your hand, a power color to start the new year right. Besides all of that, this fun mix has enough tasty ingredients to satisfy the sweet tooth in any New Year’s Eve partier while still being a sophisticated choice for the evening.
3. Midori Melon Ball Drop
If what you’re looking for is a stylish, smooth, and sweet-tasting drink this New Year’s Eve, look no further than the Midori Melon Ball Drop. Full of fruity goodness and not lacking for fun, one huge benefit to this drink is that it is super quick to make so if you find yourself empty-handed and drinkless before the clock strikes twelve, all you need is some basic ingredients, four to be exact, from your liquor cabinet. To start with, you’ll need a citrus vodka of your choosing, a bright green bottle of Midori, some lemons, and elderflower, which is the most complicated ingredient on this short list. If you’re looking to be extra fancy, you can have some garnishes on hand like melon balls and lime or lemon slices.
2. Twentieth-Century Cocktail
What better way to celebrate the incoming year than by paying homage to not just a year but a century in our past? If you’re a history buff, a lover of the twentieth century or you just want to greet 2018 with an elegant mixed drink in your hand, the Twentieth-Century may be your best bet. As the name implies, this drink dates back from the early 1900’s. If you are a fan of gin martinis, this classy cocktail is right up your alley. If you enjoy a little sweet stuff, this drink is definitely for you. It is made with a gin of your choosing, Lillet Blanc, a shot of crème de cacao, and lemon juice. Mix these dynamic ingredients up as you wish, add a garnish if you choose and enjoy!
1. Good Luck Charm
This drink isn’t just for Saint Patrick’s Day. Who couldn’t use a little good luck charm when starting off the new year? This drink could be especially symbolic if you are one who has a hefty list of New Year’s resolutions to challenge yourself with. Even if you don’t have a big resolution to look forward to, good luck charms are always in style for everyone. If you are a whiskey fan and don’t mind the zesty, fresh taste of lemons, you have just found the perfect drink to accompany you on this New Year’s Eve. This charming delight starts off with a dark whiskey selection of your preference. Add some limoncello and a lemon sour to brighten up the drink with some citrus magic and don’t forget a bit of spearmint for extra good luck throughout the year. Happy New Year to you!