20 Toasting Cocktails to Enjoy While You Ring in the New Year

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Today’s topic isToasting Drinks! Here are some of our favorite recipes from around the HLB community to consider for your New Year’s celebrations:

Yuletide Moon Red Holiday Cocktails from Cotter Crunch // Holiday cocktails don’t get more festive than a Yuletide Moon! These holiday drinks have red wine (Merlot) and bourbon in an old fashioned glass. Made with cherries, spices, and a bit of maple on the rocks. Tis DIVINE! This festive red holiday cocktails recipe will spice up your party and gatherings!

Ginger Raspberry Kombucha Cocktail from Dietitian Debbie Dishes // Kombucha is certainly not something I drink everyday, but I do like picking up a bottle at the store every once in a while. I used the gingerade flavor of kombucha from GTS, but any ginger-flavored kombucha will work. Hopefully you enjoy this refreshing cocktail just as much as I do! 

Brown Butter Bourbon and Pear Cocktail from Cake Over Steak // For my adaptation I infused bourbon instead of scotch with the brown butter, I used a different kind of bitters, and I added some pear nectar for a flavor boost and a bit of sweetness. The result is a perfect dessert cocktail – it tastes like you’re enjoying a piece of pear pie and washing it down with a glass of bourbon. But yet it’s not too sweet, either. This is a cocktail to be savored in place of a dessert, or perhaps with a cookie by your side.

Cranberry Mimosa from Cadry’s Kitchen // This cranberry mimosa is a festive and easy holiday cocktail. With just three ingredients, it’s simple to keep everything on hand for impromptu gatherings. 

Whiskey Ginger Twist from Dash of Evans // Looking for a new refreshing whiskey cocktail? Try this Whiskey Ginger Twist using ginger beer, Cinzano Rosso vermouth and a dash of bitters. So refreshing and simple, perfect for your next party!

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail from The Balanced Berry // This cocktail is right up my alley these days. It has all of the flavors I can’t get enough of: grapefruit, lime, mint and ginger. All topped off with some sparkly rosé. Because rosé all day.

Strawberry Champagne Tequila Fizz from How Sweet Eats // First, you muddle strawberries with a pinch of sugar and tequila. Basically, make some sweet strawberry tequila. I’m very much loving the sound of that, since tequila is one of my faves. I tasted it with a spoon and let’s just say… I could have consumed it like that.

Pink Champagne Punch from The Chic Life // You can easily control the color of this punch as well as the intensity of the pomegranate flavor by how much you add. Add a touch for a hint of pink in your drink. Add about 1/2 cup per bottle for a more intense color. I love to use POM Wonderful’s 100% pomegranate juice.

The Raspberry Gin Buck from Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra //    

Pomegranate Champage from The Healthy Maven // This Pomegranate Champagne Martini makes the perfect celebratory cocktail for your next party. It’s sweetened with a touch of honey and pomegranate juice for a healthier drink recipe.

Blood Orange Champagne Mojito from The Almond Eater // This Blood Orange Champagne Mojito recipe uses fresh blood orange juice, vodka, and your favorite champagne for a deliciously fruity, seasonal cocktail. 

Easy Skinny Cranberry Cocktail or Mocktails from Hungry Hobby

Fresh Raspberry and Thyme Gin Cocktail from Healthy Slow Cooking // Of course you can make this into a mocktail by adding sparkling water instead of the gin, just leave out the water too. Or make a homemade raspberry thyme lemonade. Be creative and you’ll surprise yourself at what you come up with. If you’re not a gin fan you can use vodka, bourbon, or even substitute a little some sparkling wine instead. In fact, you can add a little gin, leave out the water and use sparkling wine instead.

Earl Grey Apple Cider Cocktail from Healthy Delicious // Earl Grey tea and hard apple cider combine to make a refreshing cocktail. This Earl Grey Apple Cider cocktail definitely delivers. It’s crisp and refreshing, a little bit sultry.

Blackberry Raspberry and Mango Coconut Champagne Cocktails from Food Faith Fitness // Use Bai Bubbles to make these 2 delicious sparkling Blackberry Raspberry and tropical Mango Coconut champagne cocktails that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

Kina Royale Cocktail from spabettie // Kina Royale Cocktail – a spirit forward and Bond inspired vodka champagne cocktail befitting any secret agent. Shaken not stirred – cheers!

Figue et Citron Champagne Cocktails from Reader Eater

French 75 Champagne Cocktails from Iowa Girl Eats // French 75 Champagne Cocktails are made with just four ingredients, no specialty liqueurs or mixers needed! Enjoy this bright and bubbly drink for any occasion.

Sparkling Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail from Julie Pecarski // Healthy cocktails are such a thing, right? Well, this Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail is exactly that and it will make a winning statement at your next holiday party. But, if you’re not into the Gin (or alcohol for that matter) just simply remove it.

Sparkling Plum Basil Cocktail from Champagne Nutrition // I like to lighten hard alcohol up with soda water. A hot food trend right now, La Croisx and other sparkling waters without added color or sugar make fantastic mixers for different cocktails. Get creative with various flavors, combining summer fruit and herbs (like in this Sparkling Plum Basil Cocktail) with grapefruit, lemon, lime, berry or coconut flavored sodas. 

Now it’s time for the link up!  Find a recipe on your blog showcasing your best beverage to CHEERS with and link it up below. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite toasting cocktail recipes we’ve found on our members’ blogs on social media today with the hashtag #CheersToCocktails

If you don’t have a recipe that fits this week’s theme on your blog, why not make one and share it this week? Let HLB’s Recipe Wednesday series be a pool of inspiration for your recipe creation and post ideas.

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