New Year's Eve Cocktails

Need to know which New Year's Eve cocktails will get you drunk in time for the New Year? Imagine this: The countdown has started, the ball is dropping, but there's a problem. You're not drunk! You were too busy trying to figure out which cocktail would get you drunk and before you could decide, people were throwing confetti into the air and you missed out on all the fun. Sounds like a nightmare, right? You don't want to be sober on the last day of the year! In order to avoid this calendar catastrophe, take a peep at this list New Year's Eve cocktails that will get you drunk in time for the new year.

The Happy New Year

New Year's Eve Cocktail Happy New Year

Sure, the name is a little "on the nose," but this is the classic New Year's Eve cocktail. It's just not New Year's Eve without a little Champagne and the bubbly is what makes this drink special.


  • 4 oz. of Champagne
  • 3/4 oz. of port
  • 3/4 oz. of orange juice
  • 1/4 oz. of brandy
  • Ice

Shake the brandy, port, orange juice and ice in a shaker.

Strain the mixture into a champagne flute.

Fill flute with Champagne.


The Leap Year

New Year's Eve Cocktail Leap Year

Just because a leap year only comes once every four years doesn't mean you can't celebrate like it's a leap year on every New Year's Eve! A cocktail this good deserves to be had more often than twice a decade.


  • 2 oz. of gin
  • 1/2 oz. of sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. of lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon rinds

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with lemon.


The Resolution Martini

Aside from New Year's Eve being a prime time to get tanked, it's also a time to set goals for the next year. This cocktail has been designed to streamline your thought process to help you decide which New Year's resolution you should make. An experienced drinker knows that a martini is a first-class ticket to Drunkville. Population: You.


  • 3 oz. of gin
  • 1 oz. apricot brandy
  • 1/2 oz. of lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon or lime rinds

Shake ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice.

Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with lemon or lime.

Choose any of these cocktails and you'll definitely be drunk in time for the new year. They each taste great and have more than enough of the stuff you want to make your New Year's Eve special. You may not remember the ball dropping at midnight, but that's okay. With these cocktails you can be sure you'll enjoy yourself!