New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year which makes this annual occasion ideal for serving exquisite and impressive drinks. While a glass of champagne is the traditional way to celebrate, consider shaking things up this year by trying these fun, fizzy Italian inspired cocktails. Ring in 2020 with these sparkly cocktails, featuring favorite Italian bubbly such as Moscato and Prosecco and liquors including Limoncello and Amaretto.
This New Year, it’s out with the old, traditional glass of champagne and in with these new, sparkling delights.
Prosecco Gold Rush
12 oz Prosecco, chilled
2 oz vodka, chilled
1-1/2 ounces cinnamon schnapps
Pour Prosecco into a clear glass without ice. Add vodka and cinnamon schnapps and stir to mix gold flakes evenly through the drink.
6 parts pear flavored vodka
1 part lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
1 small ripe pear, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 bottle sparkling Moscato
Place the lemon juice, sugar, pear and pear flavored vodka in a bowl and stir well to combine until sugar is fully dissolved.
Divide the pear mixture into six champagne glasses.
Fill each glass with Moscato and garnish with crystallized ginger or mint sprigs.
1 bottle pink Moscato
1 200ml bottle Limoncello
2 tbsp granulated sugar
pink food coloring
Place sugar in a zip lock bag, add a bit of natural red food coloring and shake until combined to your desired color.
Place the colored sugar on small plate. Wet edges of champagne glasses under tap then dip in sugar.
Fill glasses with 1/4 Limoncello then fill the rest with Moscato.
Cranberry Amaretto Kiss
1/4 cup whole cane sugar
2 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup Amaretto
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
Whisk whole cane sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Mix cranberry juice, vodka, amaretto, orange juice and 6 tbsp sugar syrup in a pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator. Pour into Martini glasses and serve cold.
Angelo Azzurro Cocktail
For each cocktail
3 parts gin
1-1/2 parts triple sec
1/2 part blue curacao
Add cracked ice to a martini shaker and pour in the blue curacao, triple sec and gin. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour into the glass. It is traditionally served in a martini glass with a lemon peel.
Frangelico Tuscan Mule
1-1/2 oz Frangelico
4 oz ginger ale
Pour the ingredients over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
We’re not sure why this is called the Blurry Prosecco in Italian, since it does not have as much alcohol as many other drinks. You could also enjoy it at a New Year’s Day brunch.
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp sugar
Prosecco, for topping off
fresh mint, for garnish
In a blender, puree together the orange juice, raspberries and sugar.
Pour 1/4 cup of the raspberry-orange puree into the bottom of each glass and top with prosecco. A few fresh mint leaves really make this easy cocktail sparkle!
Also a great drink for New Year’s Day Brunch
1 oz orange vodka
2 oz blood orange juice
3 oz Prosecco
Mix first two ingredients. Strain into a flute glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with blood orange wedge.
A Peach Bellini is the classic Venetian cocktail.
2 ripe peaches
750 ml Prosecco, chilled
Halve your peaches, remove the stones. Place into a blender or food processor and pulse until as fine as possible. Add a splash of water if needed. If you want a very smooth Bellini, you should pass the purée through a sieve, but if you prefer the more rustic style that you will find at Harry’s Bar, which is where the recipe originated, just place the purée into a pitcher and add the Prosecco. Gently mix the ingredients together. Divide between six glasses right away and top off with a little more Prosecco.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Cocktail
One of the newest New Year’s Eve traditions in Italy is to quickly eat a dozen grapes at midnight. Make sure to get sweet grapes. It is said that for every sour grape, there will a sour month during the year!
Place a dozen grapes on a wood skewer and place it into a tall champagne glass. Fill with chilled Prosecco and wait for the stroke of midnight to enjoy!