We’ll Drink To That: 10 Cocktail Alternatives To Champagne For NYE

December 28, 2018  |  
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New Year’s Eve is typically a night of parties, fashion, fun, and bottle popping. However, things in the alcohol department can easily get a little basic taste-wise with champagne being the drink of choice for many as the countdown nears. Luckily for you, we don’t do basic, so we’ve rounded up a collection of New Year’s Eve cocktails that are far from your typical glass of bubbly. As you ring in 2019, be sure to do it with one of these delicious cocktails.

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The Black Lily

With only three ingredients (excluding the orange peel for garnish,) The Black Lily cocktail will keep you warm during the frigid temps and tease your palate. Check out the recipe here.


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Frost Bite

The name instantly brings thoughts of the winter chills, but the Frost Bite is one of the hottest cocktails of the season that you definitely need to try. Check out the recipe here.

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Pomegranate Margarita

There is always a good time for a margarita, so it makes sense that it would be a must-have on your NYE menu. This Pomegranate Margarita tweaks the flavors a bit to fit with the holiday theme. Check out the recipe here.

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Gingerbread Sparkler

The name alone is enough to inspire the festive feelings of the season and the taste matches up perfectly. One sip of this Gingerbread Sparkler and you’ll be totally hooked. Check out the recipe here.

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Blood Orange Punch

The thing about punch is that you have to be careful because it sneaks up on you out of the blue. Perhaps this Blood Orange Punch will serve as the perfect beverage on NYE and won’t leave you totally tipsy and hungover. Check out the recipe here.


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The Paloma

The best cocktails are those that are just as beautiful to look at as they are to drink, and The Paloma, flushed with pink, fits the bill. Try to only take a sip…we dare you. Check out the recipe here.

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Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned

The great thing about winter cocktails is that many of them give you the feeling of curling up with a warm blanket in front of the fireplace, just like this Toasted Pecan Old-Fashioned. Check out the recipe here.

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The Brooklyn Beauty

This cocktail is definitely a thing of beauty, as it’s just as sleek and sophisticated as the city it’s named after. The Brooklyn Beauty is easily the conversation-starter of the season. Check out the recipe here.

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Under The Mistletoe Punch

Grab your boo, a glass of this Under The Mistletoe Punch and countdown to 2019 with a nice, little buzz. This one is so good, it’s likely to become a holiday staple. Check out the recipe here.

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Rosé-Aperol Spritz

Strictly for the grown and sexy, a Rosé-Aperol Spritz is perfect for pre-gaming before you head to your NYE black-tie affair. It’s just enough to keep you satisfied all night. Check out the recipe here.

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