Cocktail Mixer Recipes

Keep Your New Year's Party Simple With Cocktail Mixers

Have a New Year's party at your own house this year? Playing bartender for the night could mean your work's cut out for you, so instead, make simple cocktail mixers ahead of time, and let your guests mix them with an alcohol of their choice. I've toyed around with a few and come up with three that'd be perfect for New Year's Eve in fresh fruit flavors: cranberry mint, grapefruit basil, and pomegranate citrus.

All three of these mixers would marry well with a host of spirits, even sparkling wine. The pomegranate citrus is great served as an easy topper to a flute of sparkling wine (for extra flair, float in a few pomegranate seeds).

I mixed the grapefruit basil with vodka for a more herbaceous version of a salty dog, and the cranberry mint in a shaker with rum for a holiday-themed berry drink. I'd also recommend keeping sparkling water on hand to mix with as a nonalcoholic drink.

Before your guests arrive, set up a bar with glasses, buckets of ice, pomegranate seeds, lemon slices, and a couple of shakers to ensure your guests and you can celebrate into the midnight hour. Mix up your New Year's by reading more for this simple mixers.

Grapefruit-Basil Cocktail Mixer

Grapefruit-Basil Cocktail Mixer

Notes

For a modern take on the salty dog, rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass with lemon, and dip in salt. Pour 4 ounces of grapefruit-basil mixer and 2 ounces of vodka over ice. Stir gently.

Grapefruit-Basil Cocktail Mixer

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
1 bunch basil
4 cups grapefruit juice

Directions

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar, 1 cup water, and basil in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stir, and ensure all of the the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Strain the basil from the simple syrup. Let cool.
  3. Mix the simple syrup with a grapefruit juice in a large container.
Pomegranate-Citrus Cocktail Mixer

Pomegranate-Citrus Cocktail Mixer

Notes

For an elegant Champagne cocktail, mix 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part pomegranate-citrus cocktail mixer. Float 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds in the flute.

Pomegranate-Citrus Cocktail Mixer

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons citrus zest, such as lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit
4 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar, 1 cup water, and zest in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stir, and ensure all of the the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Strain the zest from the simple syrup. Let cool.
  3. Mix the simple syrup with pomegranate juice in a large container.
Cranberry-Mint Cocktail Mixer

Cranberry-Mint Cocktail Mixer

Notes

To make a cranberry-mint cocktail, use a shaker full of ice with 4 parts juice and 2 parts vodka; shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass.

Cranberry-Mint Cocktail Mixer

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
1 bunch mint
4 cups cranberry juice

Directions

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar, 1 cup water, and mint in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stir, and ensure all the the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Strain the mint from the simple syrup. Let cool.
  3. Mix the simple syrup with cranberry juice in a large container.
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