As the ball drops to welcome 2018, don’t be stuck holding any old drink to usher in the new year, choose a cocktail that’ll be remembered.
Check out a great selection of New Year’s Eve recipes that are practically perfect for midnight kisses and auld lang syne’s – from Ancho Reyes, Drambuie, Flor de Caña, Hudson Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder, Montelobos, Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry, Fine & Rare, and Q Drinks.
Rey de Reyes
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde
1 part Ancho Reyes Original
1 part fresh lime Juice
Rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water)
Small pinch salt
1 dash Angostura
Combine ingredients and shake well
Double strain into a coupe glass
1 ¼ parts Drambuie
¾ part Hendrick’s Gin
½ part Lemon Juice
½ part Crème de Mure
2 tsp Cranberry –Orange Compote
1 tsp Plain Greek Yogurt
Garnish Skewered Cranberries & Lemon twist
Serve in Double rocks glass over pebble ice
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain over pebble ice.
Flor de Caña Manhattan
2 parts Flor de Caña 7 rum
1 part sweet vermouth
1/6 parts maraschino liqueur
1 dash orange bitters
Add all ingredients to mixing glass filled with ice.
Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a cherry.
Hudson Whiskey Spiced Apple Sour
1 ½ parts Hudson Single Malt
1 part apple cider
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
Ginger beer to top
Build cocktail over ice in a tall Collins glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with thin apple slice and dusting of grated nutmeg.
Show Me The Monkey
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder
1 part Drambuie
3 parts apple juice
4 fresh mint leaves
Shake all the ingredients together and double strain into an ice-filled highball glass
To garnish, add a banana slice and a mint leaf
Smoke and Fire Margarita
¾ part Montelobos Mezcal
¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
¾ part Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar
Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of an old fashioned glass, salt it, and set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Butterfly Pea Flower tea
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz Butterfly Pea Flower tea syrup
Top dry champagne
Combine ingredients. Shake and strain top champagne.
Jerry Cherry on the Dashboard
1 ¼ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
½ part black cherry shrub
Cherry bitters (3 dashes)
2 large sage leaves
Add all ingredients except champagne into an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorous and double strain into a flute. Top with champagne and garnish with sage leaves and a black cherry
Fine & Rare Manhattan Boulevard
Pour 1 part Campari and 4 parts water into ice moulds and freeze over night
Combine in a mixing pitcher:
1.5 oz Bourbon
.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir and strain over Campari ice cubes.
Garnish with orange twist and serve.
Q Club Rhubard Aperol Spritz
1 oz Aperol
1 oz rhubarb syrup (To make simple syrup, add 1 cup of chopped fresh rhubarb , 3/4 cup raw cane sugar and 1 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes until fruit breaks down. Strain through a chinoise and chill.)
2 oz Q Tonic Water
2 oz Q Club Soda
Build cocktail over ice in a tall collins glass or white wine glass.
Garnish with an orange twist