Hosting this year's New Year's Eve party? If you're stressing out on what drinks to serve, don't worry. We've got the perfect ones for you. Not only are they easy to make (think three to six ingredients), they're fancier than your typical beer and wine cooler – ensuring that you and your guests have fun ringing in 2017 together.
From refreshing, summer-inspired to fruity and strong combinations, we share five cocktails that are easy to make for your year-end get-together.
It will take you five to 10 seconds to make this drink – seriously. Get some lemon juice, simple syrup, and cognac or gin; shake them all together in a cocktail shaker with ice; serve the mixture in a martini glass, and add a dash of sparkling champagne. Voilà, you’ve made a French 75!
The Gold Rush
Sweet, tangy, refreshing and strong, the Gold Rush contains only four ingredients and one of them is water. The other ingredients are simple and ones you might already have: honey (thinned out), bourbon, and lemon juice. Just whisk them all together, and serve with ice for a summery drink that adds a nice contrast to the cooler weather of December.
Champagne Shirley Temple
Everyone’s favourite child-friendly cocktail has now been given an upgrade. It’s light, sweet and fun to ring in the new year with. To make Champagne Shirley Temples, fill a glass halfway with crushed ice, pour in your champagne, and add grenadine syrup and maraschino cherries to sweeten it up.
Just because it isn’t brunch time doesn’t mean you can’t serve mimosas. To make this grapefruit version, all you need are (surprise, surprise) three ingredients: pink sugar, grapefruit juice and champagne. Start making your drinks by wetting the rims of your champagne flutes with water, and then dip them in pink sanding sugar to give them that feminine touch. Next, pour a little bit of grapefruit juice in, and top it off with champagne. Easy, right?
Orange-Cherry Champagne Cocktails
The combination of oranges and cherries might sound a little weird, but trust us, it is amazing. To get started, gather six ingredients: seedless oranges, orange peel, red cherries, sweet vermouth, scotch, and champagne. Next, puree your oranges and red cherries, and strain them. Add your scotch and vermouth to the juice mixture. Top it off with a little bit of champagne and some orange peel, and you have yourself a cocktail that your guests will enjoy until the early hours of the New Year.