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5 Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

It’s that time of year when folks break out their finest duds and pop the traditional bottle of bubbly to celebrate the New Year with friends and loved ones. While pouring a bubbly drink in a flute or tulip glass might be the obvious choice, let's be honest, Champagne isn’t for everyone.

At Mad River Distillers, we have more than 100 cocktail recipes on our website, but we’ve picked 5 recipes that would make excellent options for toasting as the clock strikes 12. Here are our top cocktail picks for ringing in the New Year:

Bourbon Spritz
This drink checks some important boxes. First, it has a lovely presentation, with a bright orange color and orange slice garnish. Second, you combine our Bourbon with Aperol and your choice of Prosecco, a sparkling wine or club soda to give it those traditional New Year's bubbles. 

Sparkling Silver
Combining our silver Rum 44, sparkling wine, orange curaçao, fresh lime juice and an orange peel garnish, this bubbly cocktail is fun, festive, fruity and zesty. It's great for toasting, or for brunch!

Fancy Pants
This may not be an obvious choice when it comes to toasting, but with a name like this on one of the biggest party nights of the year, it had to be on our list. If bubbles just aren’t your thing at all, but you love a good whiskey drink, mix up a Fancy Pants with our Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, orange and Angostura bitters, and an orange twist.

Mad Capri
If you really want to use your champagne flute, consider this citrus and herb flavored cocktail featuring our Revolution Rye whiskey. The Rye, Cynar Liqueur, Casoni 1814 Apertivo Liqueur (or Aperol), and lemon juice all mix together and are topped with Prosecco for a bright and bubbly drink that’s unlike any other.

Mad Celebration
With a presentation that most closely resembles Champagne, our Mad Celebration cocktail was made for just such an occasion. You start with a sugar cube in a flute, add a couple dashes of bitters, pour the Mad Apple Brandy over the sugar cube, and top with a chilled sparkling wine. It’s the sparkling cocktail to raise as you wish a loud “Happy New Years!”

There is much to look forward to in the new year! We hope you enjoy our top New Year’s cocktail picks, and that you celebrate safely this year and every year.

From the entire Mad River team, we wish you a fantastic 2024! Cheers!!

Written by Brianne Lucas and updated on December 22, 2023.

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