Cognac Sparklers: If you want a little bit of the bubbly on New Year's Eve, but you don't want to follow the crowds, check out these fizzy cognac cocktails that will give the special evening just the right kind of sparkle.
½ oz. cognac
6 oz. chilled sparkling apple cider
A few dashes of bitters
Pour the cognac into a chilled champagne flute, then top with the sparkling cider. Add a few dashes of bitters, then stir gently and enjoy.
2 oz. mint-infused simple syrup
Additional simple syrup to use for rim
3 Chocolate cookies (finely crushed, for the rim)
2 oz. vodka
2 tbsp. cranberry juice
Pour the additional simple syrup into a shallow dish, coating the bottom. In a separate shallow dish, lay out the chocolate cookie crumbs. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the syrup, then into the crumbs to coat the rim. Now it's time to make the actual drink. Drop the raspberries into a cocktail shaker and crush them with a muddler. Add the 2 oz. of mint simple syrup and muddle it all some more. Then add vodka and cranberry juice, and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into the prepared martini glass.
Tequila Sunrise: The best New Year's Eve party goes until the sun rises. To celebrate staying up long past any reasonable bedtime, try this tasty refreshment.
2 oz. tequila
4 oz. orange juice
¾ oz. grenadine
Place ice cubes in a highball glass, and then pour tequila and orange juice over the ice. Slowly, pour in the grenadine and then let the drink sit for a few moments, allowing the grenadine to settle at the bottom of the glass. Don't stir - just drink and enjoy.