Can you believe it’s almost time to start making those new year’s resolutions? I’ve got tons of “mom-solutions” I hope to keep next year, but one thing worth trying before this year is over is a tasty new drink recipe! Most people enjoy sipping on champagne as they count down to the new year, but that’s so cliche. I prefer broadening my horizons whenever possible, and a non-traditional New Year’s Eve drink is a fun way to do that!
Whether you’re hitting a friend’s NYE party, heading downtown for a local celebration, or staying in your pj’s as you watch the ball drop in Times Square from your living room, a new drink has got to be what you toast the new year with! I’ve got 7 delicious drinks worth checking out that are anything but your typical champagne concoction.
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1. Champagne Shirley Temple
I’ve always loved Shirley Temples. In fact, there was a time when a friend of mine would always joke and ask me if I wanted a Shirley Temple whenever we were at a bar. I don’t drink much alcohol, so it’s kind of been my “go to” drink for those times I was the designated driver. I can only imagine that a twist on the classic drink would be just as enjoyable. Swap out the soda for a little champagne, and you’ve got a cocktail worth ringing in the new year with!
Get this yummy recipe over on Sugar & Soul, where there are plenty more holiday drink recipes to try.
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2. Grapefruit & Sage Mimosa
When we typically think of a mimosa, we think of a morning beverage made from orange juice and champagne. But it’s time to toss that idea out the window. Now there’s a mimosa you can enjoy any time of day, and it only requires a few ingredients. Grapefruit juice and a sweet white wine are what give this drink its flavor, making it a fruity favorite for those with a preference for tang.
Head over to Bakeaholic Mama for the recipe, and make sure you check out the others while you’re there.
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3. Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
You know what is probably one of the most overlooked fruits? Pomegranate. You don’t come across a lot of pomegranate recipes, or meet many people who regularly eat pomegranates. And after trying this spritzer, that will probably change! I mean, just looking at the photo of this drink makes me want to run out and stock up on the colorful fruit. When you add peach schnapps, prosecco and mango flavored soda water to the mix, I’m sold.
Want to try this fruity cocktail? Stop by A House in the Hills for the full recipe, and see what other tasty treats there are to try.
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4. Blueberry Mojito Mocktail
Hey, guess what? This year when your kids ask for champagne, you can tell them you made a mocktail they can actually drink! If they’re young enough that they don’t know what a mocktail is, they’ll feel special that they got to enjoy a “grown up” drink like mommy & daddy. If they are old enough to know it’s a non-alcoholic version, let them know it’s way cooler and tastier than plain champagne.
Stop by The Merrythought to get this recipe, which is easy enough that you can make it with your kids!
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5. Pineapple Coconut Champagne Cocktail
Mmm..I sure do love me a tropical tasting drink. Anything that reminds me of beautiful, peaceful beaches is a winner in my book. This cocktail is like a piña colada with a touch of class. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad tasting pineapple coconut anything. Even if you’re not spending New Year’s Eve on the beach (if you are, I’m so jealous!), you can stir up this tropically terrific drink and pretend you’re on a beach somewhere.
There’s tons more to explore on Pineapple & Coconut, which is where you’ll find this recipe.
source: Katie at the Kitchen Door
6. Cranberry Ginger Sparkling Rum Cider
Miss the delicious feast you enjoyed at Thanksgiving? You have one more chance to enjoy it! Ok, maybe it’s not exactly the same type of enjoyment, but you can carry those festive Thanksgiving flavors into your New Year’s Eve celebration in the form of a drink. With some fresh cranberries, sparkling cider, and a little black spiced rum, your taste buds will be brought back to Thanksgiving when the clock strikes midnight.
Head over to Katie at the Kitchen Door for this recipe, where you’ll also find a sweet potato souffle recipe made with rum raisin sauce.
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7. Tangerine Lemon Shake Up
Here’s a drink perfect for sober mamas like me. In fact, this is a great choice to offer your kiddos! The combination of lemon juice and tangerine juice makes this a tangy, citrus delight. It isn’t exactly “seasonal,” but who cares? It sounds delicious!
Raise your glass on New Year’s Eve while holding this drink. You’ll find the recipe on A Happy Food Dance.