No New Year’s Eve is complete without a few good drinks to hand. So to give 2023 a seriously good sendoff, you should make sure they’re up to the task right? Put that champagne away – this year we’re ringing in the New Year Ballantine’s style.
Here’s our rundown of the best NYE cocktail recipes – each easy to make and delicious to drink. Not a boring glass in sight.
Want to impress guests even more after you’ve cooked up a storm? Don’t end after dessert – get the cocktail shaker out instead for an after dinner drink that’ll really up your hosting game.
Top yours with a frozen orchid flower and you’re all set for bringing in the New Year in style.
Spritz My Way
If you can’t do New Year without a little fizz then give this whisky prosecco cocktail a whirl. It’s a light fruity drink with a glug of Ballantine’s Finest that’ll bring a memorable moment to your midnight countdown.
Mix it with a splash of soda water and a herbal liqueur – topped with rosemary and orange to infuse those festive flavours.
This vanilla pairing combines with the natural notes of apple and liquorice present in Ballantine’s 23 Year Old whisky, adding layers of complexity.
New Year is all about trying new things. So why not give a new cocktail a go? Sandbox Sip is one of our latest creations made with our out of this world limited edition bottle of Ballantine’s Finest X Borderlands.
Take your scotch and sweet vermouth and give it a shake with orange juice and cherry liqueur. It’s punchy and packed with party vibes – perfect for NYE.
Cold Brew Kick
Need a coffee to get through the night? Rather than popping the kettle on, have a stash of cold brew coffee in the fridge for a caffeine-fuelled cocktail your guests will be grateful for.
Ready to get shaking? Check out this cold brew cocktail recipe; the perfect wake up call for a 1am sing song.
Blood and Sand
A sweet and fruity top shelf cocktail coming straight from Moxxi’s Bar for all you Vault Hunters out there
A New Year’s Eve cocktail deserves to be grand. And we think this scotch with a twist does the job.
A classic Sazerac combines whisky with sugar, bitters and absinthe. We’ve simply added a citrus twist on this classic cocktail recipe to highlight the bold, spicy notes of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old. It’s a fantastic serve.
In need of something exceptional? Prescribe yourself (and your pals) a Penicillin. This spicy scotch drink only came to fame in the 21st century but is now a top contender for the world’s most loved whisky cocktails.
The Penicillin cocktail packs a punch with classic flavours of honey, ginger and lemon, gently shaken with blended whisky. The secret is a float of peaty scotch that adds a layer of smokiness.
Ballantine’s 17 Year Old has both a richness and complex spicy notes, so naturally works fantastically well in a Sazerac-style serve.
Pour a round of this espresso whisky cocktail made with sweet cream soda to fill up the dancefloor. It’s wonderfully easy and an all round crowd pleaser.
We love a spin on a classic drink. But sometimes, you can’t beat an OG recipe. The Bobby Burns cocktail is one of those old timers you’ll go back to again and again. And we love it for an end of year do.
Blended scotch, sweet vermouth and herbal liqueur make up this dram, a top accompaniment to a round of Auld Lang Syne.
Your new favourite cocktail has entered the chat… This is one for the adventurous Highball seeker. There’s no Espresso Martini’s around here… we like our coffee cocktails with whisky and an added spritz.
If you want to whizz up a round of fresh, light drinks in no time then this whisky apple cocktail is one to save in your notes. It’s sweet and simple but packs a serious flavour punch. That’s why we call it Apple Pop.
Take your Ballantine’s Finest and top it up with apple juice, soda water and a sprig of mint for extra bonus points.
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