Best New Year’s Eve Cocktail Recipes

This year, go the extra mile and move away from your standard drinks and bottles of wine and impress your guests with some fun and festive cocktails. As one of the largest party venues in Oxford, we have thrown many New Year’s Eve parties and know what tipples get the guests talking.  Don’t worry, there’s not a boring gin & tonic in sight…


Cranberry Sauce Margarita


Brown sugar
1 cup ice
2 oz. tequila
1 lime
1 1/2 tbsp. chunky cranberry sauce
1 tsp. honey
Cranberries, fresh or frozen
Rim a margarita glass with brown sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, the juice of 1 lime, chunky cranberry sauce, and honey. Shake, then strain mixture into glass. Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries.


Jack Frost Cocktail


Corn syrup for rimming glasses
Flaked coconut for rimming glasses
8 cups ice (more or less depending on desired consistency)
1 cup pineapple juice
½ cup blue curacao
½ cup vodka or light rum
½ cup coconut milk


Rim the glasses: Pour a thin layer of corn syrup onto a plate and dip the rims into the corn syrup, then dip in coconut flakes. In a blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, vodka and cream of coconut until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


Classic Champagne Cocktail


1 white sugar cube
2 dashes bitters
20ml/¾fl oz cognac
enough champagne to fill the glass


Place the sugar cube onto a spoon and add the bitters. Drop the soaked sugar cube into a champagne flute and add the cognac. Top up the glass with champagne and serve.


Don’t panic, the non-drinkers deserve beautiful mocktails too.


Nojito Mocktail


12 to 14 small mint leaves or 6-8 big ones
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 ounces soda water


Put the mint leaves, lime juice and brown sugar in a tall cocktail glass and muddle the leaves. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the club soda. Stir to mix up the sugar. Garnish with another mint sprig.


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