Happy New Year
The Clean Slate
This is a fun cocktail that won the New Year's Cocktail Contest in 2013. It uses amaretto vodka, elderflower and cherry liqueurs with a special apple-cinnamon syrup and it is a topped off with a little Champagne. The gold rim adds that extra sparkle needed for a great New Year's party.
The Resolution Martini is a simple and elegant way to toast the New Year. Really, you cannot get much more simple than gin, apricot brandy and lemon juice for a finished drink with a perfect balance of dry, sweet and sour. Consider it one last indulgence before you take on those resolutions, which you're sure to keep this year.
Elit Midnight Millionaire
Twentieth Century Cocktail
We may be well into the twenty first century but that doesn't mean we can't partake in a Twentieth Century Cocktail. This is one of those classics from the beginning of the 1900's and its mix of gin, Lillet Blanc and creme de cacao is quite intriguing and great for any celebration.
Midori Melon Ball Drop
When the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, this Melon Ball Drop cocktail is one you may just want to have in hand. In this drink the sweet fruits of citrus vodka and Midori are complimented by, of all things, elderflower liqueur (namely St. Germain) and the result is fantastic.
Classic cocktail lovers will appreciate this Old Tom Gin version of the Classic Martini. Whenever I think of a Good Times cocktail the Cars version of Let the Good Times Roll gets stuck in my head, and that's why I chose it for this New Year's Eve cocktail list. After all, the night is all about a "good time" and the "good times" ahead in the new year.
When the most recent millennium turn over took place there were many "Millennium Cocktails" created and this gin, cherry brandy and orange juice cocktail is just one of them - most of the others include dark spirits like brandy and whiskey and all are quite tasty. Whichever Millennium you prefer, they're all perfect compliments for any new year party.
I will usually pull the Midnight Martini out for Halloween, but it's just as fitting for New Year's Eve. The coffee profile helps out with the look of midnight and if you choose to go with both the liqueur and a vodka like Van Gogh's Espresso you will be up well past midnight, which isn't such a bad way to bring in the New Year.
Dry gin is great but one has to appreciate the sometimes overlooked genever (and old tom in the Good Times above) and I found it to be very nice with blood orange juice in this lowball. I called it the Countdown because it is one of those slow sippers that are great for counting down to the new year.
Granted, every year is not a leap year, but this is a fantastic classic cocktail that deserves a taste at least once a year and what better time than to celebrate a new one? The Leap Year is simply a delightful, sweet version of the classic Martini and it is one of those ageless classics that hasn't been lost to time.