If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your at-home holiday celebration this New Year’s Eve, DIY cocktails are a perfect way to bring some cheer to any kind of occasion.
Kento Thompson, a bartender at the Inferno Lounge in Astoria, shared some of his favorite holiday-inspired libations that are easy to whip up at home.
Whether you’re looking for something rich with mint flavors or sparkling with citrus undertones, here are a few cocktail recipes that will satisfy any palette.
Thompson’s personal favorite, this cocktail is a fun twist on a classic. Just grab an apple-infused liquor, some ginger beer, cranberry juice and a few limes and you’re set to go.
- 2 oz. apple liquor (vodka, rum, or whiskey). Thompson recommends Absolut Juice Apple Vodka.
- 1 oz. cranberry juice
- 3 oz. ginger beer
- Juice of half a lime squeeze
Mix ingredients together and garnish with your choice of apple slices or frozen cranberries.
Andes Mint Martini
Nothing says holidays like mint, and what better way to get your mint fix than with a mint martini?
- 2 oz. chocolate vodka
- 1 oz. Creme de menthe
- 4 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
Combine ingredients and either shake or thoroughly stir. Line the martini glass with chocolate sauce, top with whipped cream and serve with an Andes Mint, or two.
If you’re looking for a drink that will be enough for a handful of people, look no further than this Christmas punch with ingredients that can be served in a large bowl.
- 3 cups cranberry juice
- 2 cups ginger ale (or ginger beer)
- 1 cup of Sprite
- 2 cups apple cider (Thompson recommends unfiltered)
- 2 cups of rum or vodka
- 1 cup of frozen cranberries
Mix ingredients together, add in frozen cranberries to keep it chilled as well as sliced oranges and limes for added flavor.