Once you’ve settled on the New Year’s Eve appetizers (team finger foods forever), shift your attention to the bar—because the New Year’s drink selection deserves just as much consideration as the party playlist. Our favorite New Year’s Eve cocktails must meet the following criteria: They should 1) be easy to make, 2) cater to a crowd, and, most importantly, 3) make you want to move, not nap (sorry, eggnog).
We’ve got festive drinks for every party vibe: Slow burners to spark conversation, big-batch punches for hands-off hosts, and easy sippers to fuel dance parties and spontaneous karaoke sessions. For your midnight toast, we’ve got a go-big Champagne cocktail, low-key spritzes, and plenty more sparkling wine cocktails to keep the party rolling all night long. Of course, this list would not be complete without a few classic cocktails—peruse our no-fail formulas for martinis, Old Fashioneds, and negronis, as well as a few fun spins on perpetual party favorites (a negroni… sbagliato… with prosecco in it).
Give us bubbles and citrus. Give us zippy flavors and bold colors. New Year’s cocktails should feel fun and celebratory; this is not the time for an ordinary drink.