New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipes and Toasts

Besides the food and company, the key to a festive New Year's Eve party is the drinks and cheers! Ring in the new year in style with these memorable must have drinks and hostess guide.

Give a Proper Toast!

I pride myself on sharing the right toast or speech at the right moment, however, I'm running out of material, which is why I sourced June Cotner's book Toasts: The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion. It is an essential reference for any milestone where one needs to raise a glass, including holidays like New Year's Eve.

Here are just two New Year's toasts that Cotner highlights in her useful guide:

  • "May your jobs be many and the tears be few; peace to the world and much love to you."

  • "Here's to the blessings of the year, Here's to the friends we hold so dear, To peace on earth, both far and near!"

New Year's Eve Cocktail Recipes and Toasts

Pour a Signature Cocktail

The perfect way for a hostess to start off a New Year's Eve party is by debuting a signature cocktail. I mixed one last year and it was a big hit. 

Below is the recipe for a "Very Berry in Love" low-calorie alcoholic cocktail with fresh berries that will make any hostess look like a gourmet mixologist. Just remember to have a batch pre-mixed before your guests arrive so you aren't stuck behind the bar/kitchen all evening.

1/4 cup mixed fresh berries mashed with a muddler tool
1 1/2 ounces Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka
2 ounces Strawberry Lemonade Skinnygirl Sparkler
Fresh blackberries & Lemon wedge, for garnish

If Vodka isn't your liquor of choice, you can substitute the Meyer Lemon Vodka for any brand of White Rum. The beauty about Skinnygirl Sparklers is that they have a hint of fizz and only 5 calories per serving. It can also virtually be mixed in any way with liquor and will still taste great. You can even mix with white wine to make your own Skinnygirl Spritzer.

Cheers with Sparkling Wine

What is a New Year's Eve celebration without some bubbly and hearing that wonderful noise of a cork being popped open? 

An affordable and attractive option is Mionetto Prosecco, made in Italy since 1887. The gold and orange label will liven up any bar and table setting too. The taste is crisp and the color is a perfect light straw yellow. 

Add Frozen Blueberries or 

I'm a purist when it comes to Prosecco so I'm not a fan of mixing in juices or additional liquors or bitters. Instead, I'll freeze a pack of blueberries in the morning and drop them into each flute filled with Mionetto for a natural ice cube that provides extra flavor. You can add a sprig of mint too for added taste and attractiveness. Great to snack on both when your glass is empty too.

For a more holiday look you can brighten up a glass of champagne with frozen cranberries, simply pop them into each flute for a fun look as they bob about and also chill the drink.  

Shot through the heart! 

No bartender? No problem. For those looking to get the party started, try
Original Jel Shotswhich premixes cocktails into ready-to-drink jello shots. No need to make yourself or buy the little cups, it's all set for you and comes in a party platter too! No Refrigeration Needed! Peel. Squeeze. Party! 

You can order online and have them shipped to you. Several flavors are available too. 

End the night right. Salute!

Frank Sinatra drank only two spirits: whiskey before dinner and Molinari Sambuca Extra after. Today, it remains the best-selling Sambuca around the world and especially in Italy where it is often consumed as an accompaniment to espresso called “Caffè Corretto” or straight up in a cordial glass topped with three floating coffee beans, a symbol of the Holy Trinity as well as health, happiness, and prosperity. So, what better way to end your celebrations and start off the New Year?

My father also loved the Italian spirit and would order it after dinner at the finer Italian restaurants that would carry it. He would always let me fish out the espresso beans so I could suck out the sweet anise liquor. It feels like just yesterday, but in all likelihood, it was probably over 15 years ago.

This year, I'm picking up some coffee beans from Trader Joe's and a bottle of Molinari Sambuca Extra (SRP: $25.99) and for those not wanting to say goodnight just yet, I'll have my Nespresso Pixie machine ready and can simply add a teaspoon of Molinari to their espresso. It's a great way to sweeten the drink instead of using sugar or cream too.

The Next Day for Hangovers

I love New Year's Eve, but not so much the morning after.

Last year, it was especially tough now that I have to be up and ready for the kids by 7 a.m. This time, I'm prepared with Liquid I.V. - a convenient electrolyte drink mix, which has all the health boosts and benefits as a Gatorade, without the artificial stuff. It's a hydration multiplier that you can add to your water in the morning or the night before. 

1 stick poured into 16oz of water can provide the same amount of hydration as 2-3 bottles of water alone. It also contains 5 essential vitamins and about 3x more electrolytes than sports drinks. Drink up!

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