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Cheers to the New Year: 6 DIY Cocktails to Help Ring in 2021

December 31, 2020

Just because you’re counting down to midnight from your couch doesn’t mean you don’t need a tasty beverage in hand. Celebrate 2021 with these easy-to-make drinks created by cocktail expert Lauren Daniels

By Lauren Daniels 

Let’s face it: 2020 has been one for the books. While the holidays look  a little different, one thing we can all look forward to is the start of the new year! Whether you’re rocking your favorite flannel pajamas or dressing up for an intimate night in, grab your sparklers, confetti — and a cocktail, of course. Here are 6 easy-to-make drinks to help you ring in 2021.

Jack Frost

Baby, it’s cold outside! Cozy up on the couch and binge watch your favorite NYE specials while sipping on this slushy, rum-based cocktail.

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  • 1.5 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • ½ oz. Blue Curacao
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Shredded coconut for garnish

Poinsettia Martini

Dance around your living room in your New Year’s Eve best with this vodka martini in hand.

Poinsettia MartiniPhoto courtesy of Lauren Daniels
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Peel Garnish

Kir Royale

Bid farewell to 2020 with this fizzy drink! The raspberry flavor pairs perfectly with brut champagne. 

Kir Royale cocktailPhoto via canva.com
  • ¾ oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • Top with Champagne 

The Ball Drop

Count down to midnight and watch the ball drop with this sweet and sparkly cocktail! 

The Ball Drop cocktailPhoto via canva.com
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • ½ oz. Agave Nectar 
  • ½ oz. Lime Juice
  • Top with Champagne

Bourbon Pomegranate Smash

Hey, bourbon lovers — this one is for you! This savory winter cocktail is infused with flavor to spice up your NYE at home.  

Bourbon Pomegranate Smash cocktailPhoto courtesy of Lauren Daniels
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Orange Liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • Rosemary Sprig Garnish

Cranberry – Orange Spritz (Mocktail)

This sparkling mocktail makes for a perfect bubbly New Year’s Eve drink (minus the alcohol, of course). 

Cranberry – Orange Spritz MocktailPhoto via canva.com
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • Top with ginger ale or sparkling water 



Lauren Daniels

Lauren is a corporate maverick turned serial entrepreneur who is passionate about community, education and collaboration. She is the founder and CEO of Sumptuous Spirits, a bartending company and lifestyle brand that curates bar services and digital content to amplify the cocktail experience. Since 2016, Sumptuous Spirits has grown to a team of 20+ staff members; curating over 1k bar experiences in Michigan and Illinois for companies including Google, We Work, Bumble, Fashion Nova, Footlocker and more. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching reality TV, traveling and reading. Keep up with Sumptuous Spirits at sumptuousspirits.com and on Facebook and Instagram at @sumptuousspirits.

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