Four Festive Cocktail Recipes for Ringing in the New Year

Whether gathering with friends to celebrate or spending a quiet evening in to watch the ball drop, a refreshing cocktail can set the tone for the night.

These four easy-to-mix cocktails pair well with a New Year's Eve steak dinner, and also make a great ice-breaker to start off the party.

The Gold Fashioned

We'll kick things off with a Golden Steer Steakhouse classic - the Gold Fashioned, which puts our iconic spin on a traditional Old Fashioned cocktail. This simple recipe can help bring a little bit of Vegas flavor to your festivities this year.


  • 2 parts of your favorite spirit (ours is a super smoky scotch)
  • 1 part of our Gold Fashioned Mix (combine equal parts sugar and water with a splash of bitters)
  • A splash of amaretto
  • A splash of water
  • 1 large ice cube
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Orange twist


  1. Grab a mixing jar or a large glass and add ice.
  2. Put in 2 parts of your spirit of choice.
  3. Add in 1 part of Gold Fashioned Mix.
  4. Mix them together, and make sure you are chilling while mixing.
  5. Grab a rocks glass and add in a large ice cube. 
  6. Pour your cocktail over the large ice cube.
  7. Now it’s time to garnish it! We like to use 2 maraschino cherries and a twist of orange.
  8. Cheers!

The French 75

This 100+ year old cocktail originates from Paris, with an effect said to be reminiscent of being struck by a French 75mm field gun. It became popular in America after being featured in the classic 1942 film Casablanca. Here's looking at you, kid!


  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 4 ounces champagne, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • Lemon slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. In a Collins cocktail glass, mix lemon juice, gin, and simple syrup, then add a cup of ice cubes.
  2. Pour in champagne and stir gently.
  3. Finish it off with the lemon slice and maraschino cherry to garnish.
  4. Cheers!

Red Sangria

Sangria, derived from the Spanish term for "bloodletting", is a world-famous beverage said to originate from Spain during the time of the Roman Empire. This delicious infusion of Spanish red wine and juicy, fresh fruit is a great option for wine lovers who want a sweet drink for celebrating with friends and family. ¡Salud!


  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 12-ounce can seltzer
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces simple syrup or 1/4 cup of sugar (to taste)
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cups your choice of flavorful fruits (citrus, berries, etc.)


  1. Mix together the wine, brandy, orange juice, simple syrup, and fruit together in a pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours; overnight is best for flavor.
  3. When ready to serve, add the can of seltzer and stir.
  4. Include soaked fruit pieces in each glass for extra flavor and garnish
  5. ¡Salud!

Espresso Martinis

When the night is winding down and you need a little lift, these Espresso Martinis are a great way to perk up and keep the party going. This twist of flavors offers an unexpectedly bittersweet and rich experience. Try one for yourself!


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 ounce of freshly brewed espresso or concentrated coffee
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shaking until cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a espresso or coffee beans.
  3. Cheers!

Photo credit: Prem Pal Singh Tanwar

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