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Creative New Year’s Eve cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Unusual drinks for New Year’s

New Year's Eve doesn't have to mean drinking Champagne cocktails all night. Celebrate with these creative cocktails instead.

Unusual drinks for New Year’s

New Year's cocktail recipes

Hot Spiced Wine

Makes 4 servings

1 gallon red wine
10 cinnamon sticks
14 whole cloves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 lemon, sliced into rounds

1. Heat wine in a large pot over medium heat until warmed through (do not let it boil).

2. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar, orange juice and lemon slices to the wine and stir well to dissolve sugar. Continue heating for 5 to 6 more minutes. Take pot off of heat and let sit for at least 1 hour.

3. When ready to serve, pour wine through a colander and discard cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon slices. Reheat for a few minutes before serving or serve cold.

Note: If served cold, you can top each mug with a few splashes of Champagne or sparkling wine

Dark Chocolate Martini

Makes 1 martini

2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur
2 ounces crème de cacao
1 ounce half and half
2 ounces vodka
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon dark chocolate powder

1. Combine dark chocolate liqueur, crème de caco, half and half, and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy.

2. Dip a chilled martini glass into chocolate syrup then into chocolate powder. Pour cocktail into prepared glass to serve.

Scotch Sour

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces scotch
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 cherry

1. Shake scotch, lime juice and powdered sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice until sugar dissolves.

2. Strain into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a cherry.

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