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New Years Eve Cocktails

Festive Drinks to Ring In the New Year

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Toast the start of 2013 with one of these festive (but easy) cocktails. Most of them use champagne or sparkling wine as a base, all the better to be festive!

1. Anise Champagne Cocktails

Anise Champagne Cocktail
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A bit of anise liqueur (like Pernod) and gin add a light floral essence to sparkling wine.

2. Classic Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Cocktails
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Champagne cocktails dress up so-so sparkling wine into wonderful cocktails – perfect for New Years Eve, especially if the party is large and your budget is limited. Equally classic and just as easy is a Kir Royale – crème de cassis  champagne.

3. Cucumber Martinis

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Cucumber martinis are cooling enough for summer – or a crowded house or apartment full of party-goers.

4. Lemon Drop Champagne Cocktail

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A bit of lemon syrup, a splash of vodka, and a twist of lemon topped with champagne or sparkling wine created a refreshing and festive (not to mention seasonal!) cocktail to ring in the new year.

5. Manhattans

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Manhattans may be a little, um, strong, to sip all night – but they are perfect for a cold night or for sipping around the fire.

6. New Orleans Milk Punch

New Orleans Milk Punch
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New Orleans Milk Punch is as much a perfect antidote to the party the next morning as an element of the party itself. It has a great lighter-than-eggnog quality that makes it great for the holidays.

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