The big night is almost here. And if you’re having people over for New Year’s Eve—or you’re bringing bevs over to someone else’s party—you want to make sure you’re doing it right. Sure, you could just pick up another bottle of champagne or you could spend a fortune stocking an entire bar with every booze and all the mixers, but we have a better idea: premixed drinks in cans. No glasses to clean. No heaps of plastic cups to rinse and recycle. Just stock the cooler and let people pick their poison. We’re hip, we’re cool, we’re here to have some real fun without a whole bunch of hassle. Let’s kick off the new year with these exciting New Year’s Eve drinks.
- Golden Rule Tini’s Midnight Lounge Espresso Martini
Staying up until midnight gets harder as you get older. That’s why I’m a big proponent of having a good Espresso Martini in the mix of New Year’s Eve drinks. This Espresso Martini from Golden Rule tastes like freshly brewed espresso with just a touch of sweetness and orange zest. If you’re looking for drink ideas for New Year’s Eve that will have you feeling like you’re in a fancy bar with each sip, this is the drink for you. Sure, the alcohol fighting with the espresso might be a wash for your chances of staying up late, but at least you’ll enjoy the ride!
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- Underwood the Bubbles
Sparkling wine feels right among our drink ideas for New Year’s Eve. Champagne requires flutes and those terrible plastic ones always lose their bottoms and people always spill champagne on the carpet when they try to set their “glass” down. This is why sparkling wine in a can reigns supreme. If you’re a fan of Cava or Prosecco then you’ll find that Underwood’s the Bubbles goes down really easy (so make sure you have a place to crash after midnight hits). It has the slightest toastiness and hint of lemony tang. Your New Year’s Eve drinks should be fancy and what could be fancier than a nice sparkling wine—whether or not it comes in a convenient can?
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- Bacardi Mojito
The world would be a better place with more Mojitos in it. We can’t all celebrate New Year’s Eve on a tropical vacation so why not take a trip with each sip with a Bacardi Mojito in hand? It tastes just like the real deal, seaside wind blowing in your face and all. New Year’s Eve drinks should be fun and this is the definition of fun. It’s tart and limey—like, actually limey—and really minty. If you need drink ideas for New Year’s Eve that will start your year of travel off on the right foot, look no further.
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- Kin Bloom
Kin Bloom is a great New Year’s Eve drink option if you’re looking to get a head start on Dry January. Kin canned mocktails contain “euphorics” that purport to help you socialize all through the night without the typical social lubricant. Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart described Kin Bloom as “a carbonated, really mildly sweet punch (almost not sweet at all!), with a tiny hint of bitterness (if you don’t like bitter mocktails, you’ll like this!) and floral notes.” If you’re in need of virgin drink ideas for New Year’s Eve, Kin Bloom is a great option.
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- Martinis with Mezzetta Garlic Stuffed Olives
OK, this is a bit of a departure from the rest of the list, but Martinis count as easy New Year’s Eve Drinks. They’re only two ingredients—or three if you make sure to include the best Martini olives money can buy. Honestly, even if your Martini-making skills are a little weak, no one will mind if you plunk a couple of these in their glass. Mezzetta garlic olives are big and meaty and have an entire garlic clove stuffed inside. Will this make your midnight kiss a little stinky? Perhaps. But we think it’s worth it.