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Serve These Drinks At Your Bar on New Year's Eve

Make a splash this New Year’s Eve by adding these eye-catching drinks to your restaurant menu.
Amanda Hamel

During New Year’s Eve, many people come together to enjoy a good drink (or two). A happy hour at a restaurant may be the perfect setting for making new friends and celebrating the occasion with friends or family. In addition, restaurants have the advantage of serving food with beautiful drinks that are made from fresh ingredients and tasted with love by expert bartenders.

You’d be surprised how many of your customers will make a New Year's resolution to eat healthily or just cut back on their drinking for a few weeks. If you have a bar and offer specials that are based on what’s seasonal, like hard cider during apple season or mimosas during cherry season, you’ll be able to get some extra sales in while also offering your regular drink prices.

New Year’s is just around the corner and we want to make sure you have everything you need to get ready for the big night. Here are some of our favorite cocktail recipes that will add some color and flavor to your bar:

Pomegranate Sangria

Pomegranate sangria is the perfect drink to serve at your New Year's Eve party. It's easy to make, looks great, and tastes delicious! This drink is especially easy if you already offer sangria on your menu. The only thing that needs to be added is the pomegranate juice. You can use either fresh or bottled pomegranates.

To make this drink:

  • 2 cups of wine (you can also use sparkling water if you prefer)
  • 8 tablespoons sugar - add more if desired
  • Juice from 1 lemon - about 3/4 cup of lemon juice will do nicely but feel free to experiment with different amounts depending on how sweet your guests like their sangria! 

When you’ve finished adding the ingredients, pour everything into glasses so guests have something cool & refreshing while waiting for midnight! This recipe makes about one serving per person so double up if needed.

Blackberry Honey Bourbon Smash

In order to make a blackberry and honey bourbon smash you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 ½ ounce bourbon 
  • Splash of lemon juice

In a saucepan, combine the blackberries, honey, and water then let it simmer until it becomes a syrup consistency. Allow time for the mixture to cool off before straining it into a new container. You can prebatch your blackberry syrup to ensure you won’t run out as the night goes on. 

The final steps of this delicious drink are simple! Muddle some extra blackberries, then add in the syrup, bourbon, splash of lemon, and a few ice cubes! This mixture is sure to catch your guest's attention. This recipe is best enjoyed on New Year's Eve when celebrating with family and friends!

Infused Vodka

Infused vodkas are becoming increasingly popular. This is because they offer a great alternative to plain vodka, and can be used in all kinds of ways. You can create your own infused vodkas by using ingredients like herbs, fruit, or flowers. These will each give the drink its own unique flavor profile and set your drinks apart from your competition!

The process for making infused vodka is simple: first, you need to infuse your ingredients into the vodka by letting them soak. You then strain out any sediment before adding ice cubes and garnishing with ginger beer or other mixers! It's vital that you use fresh herbs as this will affect how long your drink takes to infuse - so choose wisely! 

Fruit and Herb-infused Water

Fruit and herb-infused water is a great option for restaurant guests. It's easy to make and comes in handy if you're looking for something different than the typical ice-cold beverage on New Year's Eve, but don't want to go too far out of your comfort zone.

To get started, all you need is some fruit or herbs, lemon slices or slices of lime, some vodka or other alcohol of choice, and club soda if desired. You can also add flavors like mint or basil if requested—but this isn't necessary! The infused water can also be served on its own without any alcohol added.

The main thing to remember when making this cocktail is that it needs plenty of time to infuse all its flavors properly—so give yourself at least an hour before serving it so everything melded together nicely!

Sparkling Pear Punch

This drink is a celebration of everything sparkling. It's made with pears (fresh or juiced), lemon juice, simple syrup, and you’re sparkling drink of choice to create a bubbly punch that's perfect for New Year’s Eve! Combine those ingredients as well as cinnamon sticks to add an extra layer of flavor. This drink can be served in a variety of different ways to fit the needs of your guests. If you aren't into the cinnamon sticks or want something a bit more adventurous then feel free to replace them with some brandy or rum instead.

Cranberry Simple Syrup Cocktails

Cranberry simple syrup is one of the best additions to cocktails. It's an easy way to add some fruity sweetness, and it's also versatile. You can use it as a base for many different drinks!

To make your own simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely into the water (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool down before adding it to cocktails on New Year's Eve!

Offering various drink options is a great way to keep customers happy and buying!

Customers are more likely to buy drinks if they have a choice, so offering several different types of alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drinks can help you stand out from the crowd. Drinks that are served with food tend to be consumed more often than those that are served alone on the bar or table. This is especially true during New Year's Eve celebrations when people will want something warm in their hands before jumping into the night's festivities!

We hope that you and your restaurant guests enjoy these recipes, and we wish you a happy and healthy new year!