New Year's Eve Cocktails Recipes: 11 Easy Drinks To Celebrate 2013!

New Years Cocktail Recipes
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New Year's Eve celebration are usually filled with champagne toasts and delicious cocktails. If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party and want to impress your guests, then it is imperative that you create a cocktail menu with drinks that are both delicious to consume and aesthetically pleasing. If you'll be playing bartender this new year, then make sure to practice making your drinks in advance so that you're not scrambling to remember the recipe during your party. Tip: Most people forget to stock up on ice so be sure to have some extra so that you don't have to scramble at your own party. 

Need inspiration for your New Year's Eve cocktail menu? Here are 11 great (and easy!) recipes for the new year: 1. Red Currant Champagne Cocktail from Martha Stewart; 2. Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme via The Messy Baker; 3. Spiked Sparkling Cider courtesy of Real Simple; 4. Godiva Mudslide Martini from Dine & Dish; 5. Champagne Dream from Cosmopolitan magazine; 6. French 75 via Food & Wine magazine; 7. The Daisy Buchanan from SAVEUR; 8. Mandarin Punch by the New York Times; 9. Lemon Rosé Bellini from Epicurious; 10. Sparkling Charleston Cosmopolitan courtesy of Southern Living; and 11. Suburban from Esquire. While these are simply suggestions, and most people opt for champagne-based beverages for the new year, know that you should customize your menu to your preferences and those of your guests.

Additionally, be sure to stock up on beer and wine, as a Gallup poll found that most drinkers are divided with their love for both alcoholic beverages. And if champagne is on your drinks list menu, then know that French scientists have discovered the perfect way to pour bubbly into a glass: pour the champagne down the side of the glass to preserve the carbon dioxide bubbles that give the beverage its taste. The scientists also found that the ideal temperature (for bubble preservation) is 39 degrees Fahrenheit. When purchasing ice cubes, know that bigger is better since larger cubes of ice take a longer time to melt. 

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