5 New Year’s Eve Cocktails

29 December, 2016

5 cocktails to make for New Year's Eve

Come on, guys. We know the real reason we all celebrate New Year’s Eve. It’s to drink those New Year’s Eve cocktails or champagne and feel fancy. But say you’re throwing a party and are not sure what to serve. You don’t just want to be cliche and serve champagne all night. But maybe you usually don’t make cocktails, so you’re at a loss.

Well then. We’ve got you covered because we’re experts in making cocktails we drink a lot. Here are five fantastic, tasty cocktails we made this year. Any of them would be perfect for your holiday party and are pretty easy to make.

Also, these fancy cocktails are all SO delicious so be careful. You or your friends may drink too many. Make sure to have a designated driver (I was the designated driver last New Year’s!), walk home, take public transit, or call a rideshare like Uber, Lyft, Fare, etc.

The Hemingway Cocktail. This cocktail uses grapefruit vodka to make things super-easy. It’s perfect for this time of year. Grapefruit is in season, so it’s easy to garnish with if you like!


Dirty Fifty Martini. This is my drink of choice. I always love how fancy a martini makes me feel. I feel sophisticated… and like I’m drinking a bunch of alcohol so I’d better take things slow otherwise I will get sloshed and not feel so sophisticated any longer.


The Bee’s Knees. I love love love this cocktail. If you’re a gin lover, this cocktail is for you. The sweetness of the honey combined with the rosemary makes this perfect for the season. And you can garnish with a sprig of rosemary for some added fanciness. One of my friends loves this cocktail so much, she served it at her wedding.

rosemary bees knees

Meyer Lemon Drop Cocktail. If you’re looking for a cocktail to make your friends who don’t like cocktails… try this one. It’s sweet and lemony and dangerous because you can drink five quickly and then realize you’re so tipsy. Oops. Better keep an eye on those friends.

meyer lemon drop cocktail

The Last Word. There’s a reason we left this one for last. It is oh-so-good, but oh-so-dangerous. I recommend only making one of these per person. There is just something about the combination of alcohol in this drink that gets me (and others) tipsy pretty quickly. But it’s such a grown-up, sophisticated cocktail. And who doesn’t want to feel sophisticated and like they’ve got it all together in 2017?

last word cocktail

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  • Anita 29 December, 2016 at 11:46 am

    YUM! I need a drink all of a sudden… Love the photos and this round-up is handy! I’m usually a simple one alcohol plus one mixer girl but this is inspiring me to put some magic into my cocktails.

    • Aimee 29 December, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I highly recommend trying the bee’s knees then! Once you make the rosemary honey syrup, mixing up the drink is crazy-easy!

  • cakespy 30 December, 2016 at 10:09 am

    PERFECT! I love the sparkles and festive-ness of new year’s eve – and these are the perfect potables to get in the party mood!

    • Aimee 31 December, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Yes! Just try not to drink all of them in one night…. (which is hard) haha.

  • Monique 30 December, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I love your blog!! I especially love the Bee’s Knees you posted (and your pictures are fabulous as well)!

    • Aimee 31 December, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Monique! Your blog is pretty awesome too! I love Austin-focused blogs that help me know where the best food is. :)