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5 COCKTAILS TO ROCK A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

There’s another D-word that should accompany dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve: Drinks.

The celebrations are long and exciting and the old year is booted and resolutions become reality on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Drinks help the party move and keep people entertained.

Here are five creative cocktail recipes for a New Year’s Eve party.

WATERMELON MARTINI

What you’ll need:
Small seedless watermelon, diced.
Watermelon flavored vodka
Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, bring to a boil, stir and then let cool so sugar dissolves)
1 cup sugar
Watermelon gummy candies
Blender

How to make it:
Combine diced watermelon and simple syrup in a blender-mixer; blend until completely liquefied. Add in vodka. Use as much or as little as you like. Pour sugar onto a small plate. Dip martini glasses in water and then in the sugar. Pour drink and garnish with the watermelon gummy.

SHANDY

What you’ll need:
Any light beer
Any lemon lime soda such as Sprite or 7-up
1 lemon
1 lime

How to make it:
Combine half beer and half soda in glass, stir to completely mix. Add one lemon and one lime wedge to rim of glass.

SUGAR CHAMPAGNE

What you’ll need:
Champagne
Sugar cubes
Cherry juice

How to make it:
Place one sugar cube in the bottom of each champagne glass. Pour in the champagne. Then pour in one tablespoon of cherry juice.

GIN AND HONEY

What you’ll need:
Rose champagne
Gin
Grapefruit juice
Honey

How to make it:
In an iced cocktail shaker,add 1½ ounces of grapefruit juice, 1 ounce gin and ½ ounce honey and shake. Strain into two champagne glasses; fill the rest with rose champagne.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray.

HALF AND HALF

What you’ll need:
Fresh lime juice
Ginger beer
Black Rum

How to make it:
Add ice to a tall glass then add the following in layers. First, add ¾ ounces lime juice. Then add 4 ounces of the beer and then top it off with 2 ounces of the black rum. Do not shake.

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This article was written by Katie Simpson, contributor for The Daily Clutch.