New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another with friends, family, a dropping ball, and, of course, yummy drinks!
And why not surprise your grateful guests with a few snazzy cocktails that will tease their taste buds and leave ‘em feeling noice.
Also, if you’re going to have any underage guests at your celebration, you may want to include a virgin cocktail (aka mocktail) that’s just as much fun as the drinks the adults will be enjoying.
After considering plenty of champagne cocktail options, the first drink I decided to make for my very own party was a Lemosa.
I found a recipe on Delish that looked tasty and easy enough to make.
While I debated a few other choices for a second cocktail, I couldn’t quite settle on anything. That’s when my husband — a former bartender — suggested that we invent something that would suit my particular tastes. I was so up for this idea. We immediately agreed that the drink should combine champagne with one of my other favorites, cranberry juice, and that naturally called for a splash of lemon and lime to brighten up the tartness. I thought that adding sugar to the rim would be a sweet touch, and my hubby had the brilliant idea to take it a step further by also sugaring slices of both lemon and lime for the side of the glass. OMG yum! This was already my favorite cocktail of all time.
When we considered a name, we obviously needed the word “fizzy” in there as a nod to the champagne, and since it was created for me, we opted for a word derived from one of my childhood nicknames, Dizzy Desi. So we dubbed our new invention the Dizzy Fizzy Cocktail. And honestly, who doesn’t get a little dizzy with all of the excitement (and booze) on NYE?
Next, it was time to decide on a mocktail. My kids adore ice cream floats, so I was thrilled when I came across Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any sparkling cider, so my little guys chose a Sicilian Lemon Italian Soda for their version.
With my choices made, I was ready to get started on my New Year’s Eve cocktails.