When you think of New Year’s Eve drinks, you probably think of champagne—and it’s no wonder. Toasting the arrival of another year with a glass of bubbly is tradition.
But during the hours before and after you sing “Auld Lang Syne,” it’s nice to have something else to sip on. This year, consider one (or all!) of these New Year’s Eve drink ideas to enliven your holiday party.
#1 Happy New Year
Among the best New Year’s Eve cocktail drinks to make—the Happy New Year. Classic, fruity, and tart, this fruity punch dresses up a regular glass of champagne for the festivity of the occasion.
The ingredients you need to make the Happy New Year are:1
- 1-2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Mango Margarita Pops
- ¾ ounce ruby port
- ¾ ounce orange juice
- 4 ounces champagne
To create the drink, fill a cocktail mixer with the ice pops, orange juice, and ruby port, then shake well. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute and then add the champagne. Just like that, you’ve got a delicious and festive holiday drink.
#2 Brandy Alexander
The Brandy Alexander is a centuries-old signature cocktail that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve thanks to its sweet, chocolatey flavor and smooth, creamy texture with a dash of alcohol. These qualities combine to make a drink that’s as decadent as the holiday itself.
The ingredients for a Brandy Alexander are:2
- 1-ounce brandy
- 1-ounce dark creme de cacao liquor
- 1-ounce cream
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail mixer filled with ice. Then, strain the mixture into a glass and garnish it with a light dusting of ground nutmeg. If you want to have rum instead of brandy, there are plenty of winter rum drinks and daiquiri popsicles you can also try.
#3 Figgy Sparkler
If you’re looking for New Year or Lunar New Year cocktails that capture the night’s celebratory nature and the flavor profiles of the best winter cocktails, look no further than the Figgy Sparkler. Vodka, sparkling white wine, and perennial wintertime standbys like figs and cranberries conspire to create a thrilling cocktail that truly sparkles.3
But because New Year’s Eve calls for genuinely unique cocktails, we’re swapping out regular vodka for two SLIQ alcohol ice pops with vodka and turning the Figgy Sparkler into a succulent slushy concoction.
Begin by gathering the ingredients. You’ll need:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Cranberry & Grapefruit Pops
- 4 ounces sparkling wine
- 1 fresh or dried fig
- 9 cranberries
- 2 orange slices
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the SLIQ ice pops along with the fig, cranberries, and orange slices until well combined. Then, add the sparkling white wine and stir to mix. Serving this drink in a champagne flute with a celebratory New Year’s Eve straw can add even more pizazz to a New Year’s Eve party. Don’t forget the cranberry garnish!
#4 French 75
The French 75 is one of the simple, refreshing signature cocktail recipes you can enjoy any time of the year thanks to its flavorful blend of dry gin, lemon, and simple syrup. But the addition of sparkling wine gives it just enough fizz to place it among the best New Year’s Eve drinks around.
The French 75 comes together with four simple ingredients:4
- 1 ½ ounces gin
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 4 ounces champagne
Shake the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice together in a cocktail shaker with ice. You can replace the ice with SLIQ alcohol ice pops of your choice to enhance the flavor and strength of the drink. Strain it over ice into a champagne flute and top it off with champagne. You can garnish this champagne cocktail drink with a lemon twist, but it isn’t necessary. The drink is classy enough on its own.
#5 Black Velvet
New Year’s Eve drink ideas tend to favor gold-toned cocktails. This makes sense, as gold is one of the requisite colors of this celebratory holiday. But black is just as big among the classic colors of New Year’s, and the Black Velvet cocktail is a sophisticated way to ring in the New Year.
The Black Velvet is unique among New Year’s Eve drinks due to its dark color. But it still features champagne as one of its main ingredients. Fancy, fun, and a little foamy—if you haven’t tried the Black Velvet, be sure to do so before the year runs out.
The ingredients you need are:5
- 4-ounces champagne
- 4-ounces stout beer
Fill a flute glass with champagne about halfway. Then, pour the stout slowly until you fill the glass. Delicious and simple, it doesn’t get much better than the Black Velvet.
For a Truly Happy New Year, Choose SLIQ
Fancy New Year’s Eve drinks are a snazzy way to spruce up a holiday party, but you don’t have to be a world-class mixologist to please your friends with a delicious mixed drink. All you have to do is reach for SLIQ.
SLIQ’s alcohol ice pops are quick, simple, and packed full of flavor. They’re made from the best ingredients and the finest liquors, like whiskey ice pops made from premium, barrel-stored whiskey, vodka ice pops made from seven-times distilled vodka, rum ice pops crafted with Caribbean white rum, and agave ice pops made from 100% Blue Agave spirit. No matter your tastes, you’re guaranteed to pop open a frozen cocktail you’ll love.
- The Spruce Eats. Happy New Year Cocktail Recipe. https://www.thespruceeats.com/happy-new-year-cocktail-recipe-759437
- The Spruce Eats. Brandy Alexander Recipe. https://www.thespruceeats.com/brandy-alexander-cocktail-recipe-759278
- The Spruce Eats. Figgy Sparkler Recipe. https://www.thespruceeats.com/figgy-sparkler-cocktail-recipe-4154829
- The Spruce Eats. French 75 Recipe. https://www.thespruceeats.com/french-75-champagne-cocktail-759295
- Liquor.com. Black Velvet Recipe. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/black-velvet/