New Year’s Eve is a time to recognize our successes from this past year, as well as set goals for the next year. And, there’s no better way to celebrate than with our loved ones. Robert and I like to have a special cocktail as part of our festivities. And, it’s not too late to decide on a featured cocktail to enjoy as part of your celebration. Here are 11 of our favorites for you to choose from, featuring a variety of liquors and styles. One is frozen and another served warm, too!

Note: this post has been updated, adding even more scrumptious cocktails!


A Delicious Champagne Cocktail

A great alternative to the traditional mimosa, this recipe perfectly complements brunch, special occasion, and of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations. And with only four ingredients, it’s a snap to put together!

martini glasses filled with Vodka Martini with a Twist

How to make a Vodka Martini with a Twist

With my husband Robert’s unique Vodka Martini recipe, you can surprise and wow your friends and family at your next gathering. He’s become known far and wide for his super popular dry martinis, which call for a special ingredient and no vermouth. They are easy to make – and you can even whip up a batch ahead of time!

Pomegranate Martini Recipe with Vodka

My Pomegranate Martini (or Red Carpet Martini) is elegant, colorful, delicious – and perfect for Oscar night viewing! It’s also easy to prepare, calling for only 4 ingredients.

hands holding a Cosmopolitan Martini

How to make a Cosmo Martini

A time tested recipe for Cosmopolitan Martinis, developed with input from experienced bartenders. Cool, clean and fresh tasting!

close up of a stemmed glass holding a Lime Blackberry Martini

Lime Blackberry Martini

Elegant, sophisticated and alluring, a Lime Blackberry Martini is the perfect specialty cocktail for your next special gathering. Vodka, blackberry lime purée, and ginger liqueur are combined together in this beautiful and alluring cocktail.

lemon ginger bourbon cocktail over ice in a glass, garnished with a lemon slice

Ginger Lemon Whiskey Drink

Bourbon cocktail mixed with a rosemary-infused honey simple syrup, lemon juice, and ginger. YUM!

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan Drink

My husband Robert’s Perfect Manhattan cocktail is smoky and full-bodied, but isn’t as sweet as most – he uses rye instead of bourbon!


Perfect Sidecar Drink Recipe

A Sidecar Martini are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare, calling for only three ingredients. There are a few tricks to preparing them properly, including using top quality brandy and cointreau, as well as correctly balancing the sweet and sour aspects.

close up of a martini glass holding a portion of Frozen Brandy Alexander cocktail

Frozen Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

Frozen Brandy Alexanders with Ice Cream are a memorable, fun and elegant dessert that I’ve been making for years. Traditional brandy Alexander ingredients of brandy and creme de cacao are turned into into a frosty milkshake by swapping out the cream for ice cream.

glass holding one serving of Irish Cream Liqueur with a blue bottle in the background

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known as Baileys, is a favorite of mine. It’s a rich, creamy, chocolate and caramel-flavored alcoholic beverage with hints of almond and coffee. It’s super quick and easy to prepare – in only 10 minutes!

Glass mug filled with a Snowblower Cocktail

Snowblower Cocktail

Mom’s Snowblower Cocktail is the perfect warm pick-me-up on a cold winter evening. Cranberry juice and apple cider are steeped in cinnamon and cloves, then topped off with a shot of rum – YUM. (Can also be made without the rum.)

Happy new year!!

photo collage of 6 cocktails

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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  1. I totally love this article. Its a collection of some of my favorite drinks in one place. I am totally thrilled.

    The exciting part is the pictures….they are so alive!