Trending Cocktails for Your New Year’s Eve Enjoyment

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December 30, 2016

The holidays will come to a close the start of 2017. What better way to bring in the New Year than with these trending winter cocktails? Esquire brings you thirteen winter0friendly cocktails, and if you are a whiskey drinker, check out their 21 whiskey drink recipes. Here are a few of our faves!

Applejack Sazerac


  • 2 ounces brandy (like Applejack)
  • ¼ ounce maple syrup
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters


  1. Stir ingredients with ice, then strain into an old fashioned glass.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Just what the doctor ordered! Ginger, honey, and lemon make this classic scotch drink perfect for the winter.


  • 2 ounces blended scotch
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce honey syrup
  • ½ ounce ginger syrup
  • ¼ ounce Laphroig scotch


  1. Shake the blended scotch, lemon juice, and syrups with ice and strain into a double old fashioned glass with a single large ice cube.
  2. Pour Laphroig over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink. Finish with a lemon wheel.

New York Sour

This aromatic drink is also colorful when you pour red wine over a traditional whiskey sour.


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • Red wine float


  1. Shake the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice.
  2. Strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.
  3. Top with red wine float. Don’t mix for a beautiful, layered affect.

Champagne Cocktail

This elevated glass of champagne is made by simply soaking a sugar cube in Angostura bitters and then dropping the sugar cube into the champagne.

Winter Margarita

Make a regular margarita but split the base with reposado tequila and mescal, then add an egg white, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake it all up and pour into a salt rimmed glass. Turns a summer margarita into a winter wonderland.

Good Tidings

Cranberry juice and allspice bring the winter and holiday flavors to this vodka drink that goes down like a Tom Collins.

Toby’s Toddy

Warm and spicy. After a hectic holiday season, curl up by the fireplace with this cognac and rum toddy garnished with a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon studded with cloves.

Aquavit Manhattan

A cherry spirit (like Leroux Kirschwasser) and bitters are added to a Manhattan made with sweet vermouth.


Sweet vermouth replaces dry to make this holiday drink more festive. Add maraschino and orange bitters for a cozy wintery drink.

So, pick and choose. One or all. However you celebrate the holidays, be safe and responsible.

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