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New Year's Signature Drinks For Ounce Of Sparkle, Dash Of Pizzazz

Check out these cool cocktail suggestions to jazz up your New Years Soiree.

New Year’s Eve.

It's the time of year to reflect on what went right, gain perspective on what didn’t, and resolve to make positive changes for the future; A night of sparkling expectation and excitement of things to come in 2013.

To some, it’s all about the traditions. Looking forward to spending the evening with a particular group of friends or family, conversing, playing games or taking in the evening quietly at home.

Perhaps you’re switching things up this year and having a destination New Years, catching the rays down south, or the powder up north.

However you decide to spend First Night, one thing’s for certain:The New Year will come to pass, and with it your next chapter.

Nothing beats the excitement of when the cork pops off a nice bottle of celebratory champagne, but why not start the evening off with a bang, too? Try serving up a New Years Signature Cocktail to help mark the event, and bring some pizzazz to the occasion.

Patch has you covered with a list of tried and true beverages to jazz up your New Years gathering. Check out these Five Cool New Year’s Signature Cocktails to dazzle your guests and help make the most out of your First Night celebration.

1. Pear Cranberry Sparklers

Self Magazine (makes 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pear nectar (from your local grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice (or 3/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail for a sweeter drink)
  • Seltzer or Prosecco, to top off

Directions:
1. Combine nectar and juice up to 3 days in advance.
2. Pour into champagne flutes or wine glasses.
3. Top with seltzer or Prosecco right before serving.

2. Martha’s Berry Little Cocktail

Martha Stewart (makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka, such as Charbay, chilled
  • 2 ounces champagne, chilled
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 ounce black currant juice or blackberry puree, chilled

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discarding liquid, and place cranberries on a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer and chill at least 2 hours.
  2. Mix together vodka, Champagne, cranberry, and currant juice in a Champagne glass. Garnish with a skewer of 4 or 5 frozen cranberries. Reserve remaining cranberries for another drink.

3. Frozen Grapetini

by Giada De Laurentiis (makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 12 seedless green grapes
  • 1 large lemon, zested and halved
  • Coarse sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups white grape juice
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • Ice
  • 4 cocktail picks

Directions:

1. Thread 3 grapes onto each cocktail pick and freeze until ready to serve, at least 2 hours.
2. In a shallow bowl, mix together the lemon zest and coarse sugar.
3. Moisten the rims of 4 martini glasses with lemon. Dip the rims of the glasses into the lemon-sugar.
4. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a pitcher and add the grape juice and vodka. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 1/2 of the vodka mixture into the cocktail shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into 2 of the prepared glasses.
5. Repeat with the remaining vodka mixture. Place a cocktail pick into each glass and serve.

4. The Resolution Cocktail

by CafeMom (makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka,
  • 2 ounces apple cider,
  • 1 pinch ground ginger,
  • 1 pinch powdered chai tea mix (optional),
  • 1 ounce merlot
  • splash of lime juice

Directions:

1. Combine all in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
2. Strain into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with an apple slice.

5. Lemon Rose’ Bellini

by Kim Haasarud via epicurious (makes 1 serving)

  • 1 spoonful lemon sorbet, softened
  • 1/2 ounce citrus vodka (optional, for a stronger drink)
  • 4 ounces rosé champagne
  • 2 to 3 raspberries, for garnish

Directions:

1. Combine the sorbet with the vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake vigorously.
3. Add the champagne and stir.
4.Strain into a chilled champagne flute and garnish with floating raspberries.

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