What’s a New Year’s party without drinks?
The night is the absolute best excuse of the entire year to indulge in another glass and worry about your problems in 2020.
Whether you’re hosting a huge soiree or just entertaining a few good friends, you’ll need some quality libations to entertain yourself until midnight.
Here are the best cocktails for a New Year’s Eve party.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
In Central and Eastern Europe, pomegranates represent vitality and prosperity in New Year’s traditions from several countries, but this pomegranate-studded punch will bring you luck based on its delicious flavor and eye-catching appeal. Sparkling wine and gin anchor the drink, mixed with several types of citrus and ginger syrup.
See the recipe on Imbibe
Last-Minute Mulled Wine
Suddenly expecting guests? Throw together a simple mulled wine, with a bottle of red, some wintery spices, a bit of brandy and some sugar. Boom, you’ve got the perfect drink to warm up as you stand outside in the cold watching fireworks.
Get the recipe from Liquor.com
Tom and Jerry
New Year’s celebrations come and go every year (that’s kind of the idea), but certain drinks stand the test of time. The drink, which resembles eggnog with upgrades like Cognac and Jamaican rum, has been a party favorite since the 19th century. This version devised by famed bartender David Wondrich is a surefire killer at any holiday gathering, and it deserves a place at your NYE spread.
Get the recipe on Punch
Bombay Government Punch
Chalk the silly name up to the drink’s 17th century origins. This punch reaches back deep into the history of big-batch drinks to the days of British colonial rule in India, but it’s intense mix of rum, Cognac, lime, demerara sugar, and tea stands up to modern tastes. Think of it as a primordial version of a daiquiri.
Read the full recipe on A Bar Above
There is no better way to send off 2019 than with a flaming bowl of rum. A layered concoction of spirits, fruit juices, nut syrups and floral garnishes, the punch undoubtedly requires work, but it’s also a work of art. Gather your closest friends (the type worth spending a few minutes behind the bar for), stick some extra-long bendy straws in the bowl, light up the center and drink up.
See the entire recipe on NYTimes Food