Here’s a few great New Year’s Eve cocktails from Bon appetit to help you celebrate!
23 Celebratory New Year’s Eve Drinks to Keep Vibes High All Night Long
Easy-sipping cocktails to spark spontaneous dance parties and some sparklers for your midnight toast.
BY ZOE DENENBERG AND EDITORS OF BON APPÉTIT
December 19, 2022
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 important, (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.
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Pearl Jones1/23NegroniThe best New Year’s drinks are strong enough to tide the crowd over, so you don’t have to play bartender all night. With a higher ratio of booze than vermouth, this lightly bitter gin cocktail is a slow burner.VIEW RECIPE
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- Champagne CocktailStart the New Year’s Eve party with this elevated glass of bubbly, jazzed up with a bit of sugar and a few dashes of bitters. The long spiraled lemon zest garnish adds a fruity note—and will make any drink look fancy.VIEW RECIPE
- Alex Lau3/23The LayawayStay up all night with the help of this fizzy, caffeinated cocktail, which is much cooler than an espresso martini.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Rosanna Anil, Prop Styling By Paola Andrea4/23Easy Lemon DropVodka, lemon juice, and Cointreau combine in this light, puckery cocktail, which is easy to sip all night. No need to make simple syrup—simply combine equal parts sugar and water and shake until the sugar dissolves.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Dayna Seman5/23French 75The French 75 is that rare creature of a cocktail: elegant enough to make you feel like it’s New Year’s Eve in Paris, but supremely simple to assemble.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Sean Dooley, Prop Styling By JoJo Li6/23Spiced Red Wine and CokeThe best New Year’s Eve cocktails are easy to make in big batches and affordable (and little caffeine doesn’t hurt). This spiced wine and Coke—which transforms Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck into a sangria-like carbonated cocktail—ticks all the boxes.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Alex Lau, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Sophie Strangio7/23Spicy Citrus RefresherSpice things up with this refreshing jalapeño-citrus spritzer, topped off with either seltzer or rum. Sip on this festive cocktail as you wait for the ball drop.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Emma Fishman, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Martha Bernabe8/23Extra-Dry MartiniThis martini recipe from actor and former bartender Stanley Tucci is flexible on the ingredients (use either vodka or gin) but not on the technique (stir, don’t shake).VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Micah Morton9/23PalomaWhile the pretty pink paloma may bear resemblance to some sugary cocktails, this version of the drink gains delightful bitterness from fresh grapefruit juice. It’s also got mezcal for smokiness (substitute tequila if you prefer), club soda for fizz, and lime juice for zing.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Emma Fishman10/23Rosemary Mezcal FizzComing off of the holiday season, we’ve got plenty of herbs stocked in the fridge. Put them to use in this refreshingly bright rosemary cocktail.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Justin J Wee, Food Styling By Christine Albano, Prop Styling By Beth Pakradooni11/23Pomegranate SpritzersIna Garten may be known for her outsized Cosmopolitans, but her nonalcoholic pomegranate juice spritzers will be the party favorite. Feel free to add vodka or gin—either way, pre-chill the glasses.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Alex Lau, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Sophie Strangio12/23Shirley TonicA grown-up Shirley Temple with spiced grenadine syrup, club soda, and a twist. Add scotch or leave it out to make spirit-free drinks (a.k.a. mocktails) fit for a holiday party.VIEW RECIPE
- Bobbi Lin13/23Earl Grey–Bourbon PunchWhen serving a crowd, our go-to cocktail tactic is to whip up a big batch of punch. A fruit-and-herb-studded ice ring makes it all the more fancy.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Alex Lau, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Sophie Strangio14/23Better Than Celery JuiceStart the new year right with this green juice cocktail, which will leave you feeling way better than that sugary Champagne punch recipe. It doubles as a great New Year’s Day brunch cocktail too.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Stephen Kent Johnson, Food Styling By Rebecca Jurkevich, Prop Styling By Kalen Kaminski15/23Ginger SpritzGinger beer and bubbly cava star in this zippy sparkling cocktail, ideal for a midnight toast.VIEW RECIPE
- Alex Lau16/23Sparkling Lemon CocktailBreak out the coupe glasses: New Year’s Eve is the time for all things sparkling—this little lemon number will help you celebrate in style.VIEW RECIPE
- Heidi’s Bridge17/23BA’s Best Old-FashionedThe best classic cocktail recipes lean into simplicity, and this one is as easy as 1-2-3: 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 ounces of rye whiskey, and 3 dashes of bitters.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Stephen Kent Johnson, Food Styling By Rebecca Jurkevich, Prop Styling By Kalen Kaminski18/23Aperol SpritzAperol (a bittersweet Italian orange liqueur) brings a welcome dose of color to any party, and in this spritz recipe, olives secure a spot on the invite list too.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Pearl Jones, Prop Styling By Dayna Seman19/23Moscow MuleThis refreshing lime and ginger cocktail is appropriate for just about any occasion—and goes well with whatever foods for New Year’s Eve you might be serving. Copper mugs optional, but encouraged.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Stephen Kent Johnson, Food Styling By Rebecca Jurkevich, Prop Styling By Kalen Kaminski20/23Campari SpritzSparkling rosé and lemon soda complement the citrusy flavor of Campari, resulting in a beautifully vibrant cocktail.VIEW RECIPE
- Photograph By Victoria Jane, Food Styling By Mallory Lance, Prop Styling By Alexandra Massillon21/23Easy, Elegant Christmas PunchThe name says Christmas, but the cognac and sherry base, gilded by lemon and sugar, is celebratory enough for end-of-the-year libations too.VIEW RECIPE
- Photo By Alex Lau22/23Kombucha-Vodka HighballGet a jump-start on those New Year’s resolutions with this kombucha cocktail, which has plenty of probiotics. Or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves after downing a couple of them in record time.VIEW RECIPE
- Ted Cavanaugh23/23SbagliatoFor the friend who’s always on trend, make a negroni…sbagliato…with prosecco in it. Popularized by House of the Dragon’s Emma D’Arcy, this sparkling New Year’s drink is quite festive and easy to make for a group.VIEW RECIPE
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