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New Years Cocktails



Dear Reader

While cocktails are typically served before dinner, I find some are better suited to the end of the evening. Here’s my version of five classic cocktails that are perfect after, or instead of, dessert. Make your own simple sugar syrup by combining equal quantities of water and sugar or have fun with the exciting range of flavoured syrups from The Simple Syrup Co. and add a little more or less depending on how sweet you like things.  All recipes serve 1 except for the daiquiri.

New Years Cocktails

Espresso Martini

Alaskan Rock Vodka & Mr Black Amaro

My version of this relatively new cocktail is heavy on the coffee and light on the vodka and sugar (adjust the ratios to suit your own taste). I shake 1 nip Alaskan Rock vodka, 1 nip Mr Black Coffee Amaro, ½ nip simple sugar syrup and a strong espresso with plenty of ice and garnish with a coffee bean or 3.

New Years Cocktails

Brandy Alexander

Hine Cognac

The height of 1970s sophistication, or so I thought, the origins of this sweet, creamy concoction are obscure though it’s obviously based on an earlier gin-based classic simply called Alexander. Shake 1½ nips Hine Cognac, ½ nip crème de cacao and 1½ nips single cream with ice; garnish with grated nutmeg.

New Years Cocktails

Poorman’s Sunrise

Archie Rose Poorman’s Orange Gin

My riff on California’s tequila sunrise celebrates Australia’s own poormans orange. Chill everything well then pour 2 nips Archie Rose Poorman’s Orange gin and 200ml freshly squeezed orange juice (poormans if available) into a highball glass, add 1 nip grenadine syrup, which will sink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

New Years Cocktails

Dark Berry Daiquiri

Dos Maderas PX Rum

While the only fruit in a classic Cuban daiquiri is lime, I also like a berry version made with dark rum. For 2 delicious adult slushies, blitz 1 cup sliced strawberries, ½ cup raspberries, 2 nips Dos Maderas PX rum, ½ nip lime juice and ½ nip raspberry syrup with shaved ice.


Looking for delicious cocktails to get your New Year’s Eve celberations off to a great start? Check out my Top 5 Champagne Cocktails ~ Top 5 Prosecco Cocktails ~ Top 5 Classic Cocktails ~ Top 5 Sherry Cocktails ~ and enjoy!
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