1. Spiked Eggnog
A holiday classic, it doesn’t get much more traditional than eggnog. Made with milk, eggs, and holiday spices, eggnog was originally created by wealthy British landowners during the 17th century. Eggnog can be made with dark or spiced rum, whiskey, brandy, or even a combination of all three. Delicious and easy to make, eggnog is a hit at any New Year’s party.
2. Buttered Rum
Spicy and flavorful hot buttered rum dates back to colonial times, when rum was much more popular than whiskey. Mix together spiced rum, hot water or cider, sugar, and winter spices (such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg) to create a truly cozy cocktail.
3. Mulled Wine
Served warm, mulled wine is a gorgeous blend of red wine and holiday spices. To make the perfect cup, add star anise, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, cloves, and bay leaves to a tea bag or cheesecloth. Simmer the spices with a bold red wine (such as a Malbec) for about 20 minutes. For even more flavor, add a sweetener such as honey, and zest of an orange or lemon.
A Midwestern tradition and popular holiday drink, the making of Wassail dates back to the 15th century, when apple tree farmers would sprinkle wassail on the trees to ward off evil spirits. Today, Wassail blends apples and holiday spices to create a truly delicious cocktail. Try combining apple cider, brown sugar, bourbon, ginger, and pepper for an interesting spin on this winter favorite.
5. Peppermint Alexander
Of course, wintertime isn’t complete without a hint of peppermint flavor. This cocktail is a festive blend of white chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps, vodka, and just a splash of half and half. Serve in a martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes for a wonderful treat.
6. Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail
Cranberries are another essential wintertime flavor. For this colorful cocktail, combine pomegranate or cranberry juice with apple cider, then top off the mixture with champagne. Garnish the drink with a sprig of rosemary or peeled orange strips. For even more bubbles, use sparkling cranberry or pomegranate juice.
Best of all, many of these drinks can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy a stress-free time with family and friends. Try one of these classic cocktails today to add a bit of fun to your New Year’s gathering.