15 cocktail recipes for the New Year. Shutterstock/ legenda

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 16 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; 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. Scroll down to see more options.

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Honey chai tea drink recipe. Courtesy of Flowers Communications Group.

12. Holiday Whiskey Punch

  • 1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • 1 oz. TUACA Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry juice

13. Jack Honey Egg Nog

  • 4 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • 12 oz. Virgin Egg Nog
  • Garnish with Cinnamon Stick option

14. Jack’s Honey Cider

  • 1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • 2 oz. warm Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack
  • 1 oz. warm tea

15. Jack Honey Egg Nog

  • 4 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • 12 oz. Virgin Egg Nog
  • Garnish with Cinnamon Stick option

16. Honey Chai Tea

  • 1 oz. RumChata
  • 1 oz. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 3 oz. Black unsweetened chai tea

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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