The New Yorker Drink Guide To Surviving New Years

The New Yorker Drink Guide To Surviving New Years

From colonial classics to modern mixes and experimental concoctions, there's no drink you can't taste this New Years Eve. Check out our top seven cocktails below and try them out for yourself. While some may be served at a city bar near you, others are purely designed for your at-home enjoyment – so enjoy!


Created by Pam Wiznitzer of Seamstress.

  • Two servings
  • 1 ½ oz. Campari
  • 1 ½ oz. Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 oz. Strawberry Puree*
  • 1 ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz. Cognac
  • 4 dashes Orange Bitters

Build ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake generously. Funnel into cocktail bottle and enjoy with a side of Panettone!

Clean Slate

Created by Leo Robitschek and served at The NoMad, Flatiron.

  • 3/4 oz. Campari
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • 3/4 oz. of water for dilution

Build all ingredients outside of Champagne in a mixing glass to combine, then funnel into cocktail bottle and chill. Slowly top with Champagne before serving and drop in a lemon twist. To make for a crowd, simply multiply components by six and serve in your six individual bottles, or pour into a decorative punch bowl or pitcher.

Spiced Plum Punch

  • 1 bottle of Elit
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup spiced plum simple syrup or to taste
  • 1 cup of mixed pitted and whole plums
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 1 bag of ice

Add lemon slices, ½ of the plums, and the rosemary to the punch dispenser. Add Elit, sparkling wine, lemon juice, and spiced plum simple syrup to the punch dispenser. Add ice and stir mixture, then add the rest of the plums. Garnish with lemon slices and pitted plums.

Plum simple syrup: Combine into a small pan 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, ½ cup pitted plums, 1 teaspoon of cloves, 1 teaspoon of allspice and 4 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved, then strain mixture.

Sparkling Collins Royale

Served at the Fairmont.

  • 1 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • 2 oz Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (1:1)
  • Garnish: 1 Sprig of Mint

VSOP Boulevard

  • 1 oz Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Rémy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 3/4 oz sweet red vermouth
  • Garnish: Wide Lemon Wheel 

Pomegranate Paloma

  • 1 oz Casamigos Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
  • 3/4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Half Kosher Salted Rim; Half Lemon Wheel

A Crafted Eggnog

Created by Mixologist Mcson Salicetti of Crimson & Rye, Manhattan.

  • 1.5 oz Blue Nectar Tequila Reposado "Special Craft"
  • 1.5 oz Ronny Brook Farm Eggnog, NY
  • 3 drops of Madagascar Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 3 dashes of pumpkin pie spice
  • .25 to .5 oz of cold water, to desired thickness
  • 2 dashes Homemade cardamom tincture (aromatic or chocolate bitters can be substituted)
  • Fresh cinnamon, grated to taste
  • Fresh nutmeg, grated to taste

Prepare glass with spiced rim. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Garnish the rim with 3 parts pumpkin pie spice and 2 parts coconut sugar.

New York Hotels have always been known for their exquisite menus, their lavish parties and their elaborate decor. This New Years Eve is no exception. Take a look at our two favorites and try not to weep with joy! 

1 Central Park/Jams

Photo Courtesy of Jams

Photo Courtesy of Jams

1 Central Park, the hip Manhattan hotel renowned for its gourmet farm-to-table restaurant, Jams, is hosting a wonderful NYE dinner that you and your loved ones will not want to miss. Serving seasonal dishes accompanied by the most elegant of bubblies – Jams has truly outdone itself with this lively feast. 

New Year’s Menu: 

First seating is at 6:30pm for $125/person to both hotel guests and the public; second seating is at 9:30pm for $225/person and includes live DJ entertainment and champagne toast. Reservations are required. Menu highlights include: 

  • Winter Squash Gnocchi – roasted wild mushrooms, brown butter, sage, queso del invierno.  
  • Wagyu Strip Steak – fried fingerling potatoes, herbs, melted reading raclette.  
  • Blood Orange Panna Cotta – served with pistachio cookies.

The Skylark

Photo Courtesy of The Skylark

Photo Courtesy of The Skylark

The grand hotel best known for its panoramic rooftop views of the New Years Ball Drop and NYC skyline, The Skylark is the perfect chic and cozy destination for your year’s fête. Experience NYC at its brightest – and avoid the downtown chaos!

  • General Admission Tickets start at $275/person, which includes:
  • Rooftop view of the Ball Drop 
  • Premium open bar (9PM-1AM)
  • Photo Booth
  • Heavy passed bar bites and dessert
  • Champagne toast at Midnight
  • Flat screen TVs with live feed of the Ball Drop
  • Live music
  • Premium admission is also available with tickets from $350-$450 with additions including:
  • Premium, reserved seating & table reservations
  • Bottle of champagne served table side
  • Specialty cocktails served table side
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