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Best NYE cocktail recipes to bring in 2023

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No New Year’s Eve is complete without a few good drinks to hand. So to give 2022 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.

Atholl Brose

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. 

The Atholl Brose cocktail is a simple yet sumptuous creamy mix of Ballantine’s 12 Year Old, honey and scotch liqueur. It’s sweet and merry, just like the vibe of a New Year’s Eve soiree. 

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Atholl Brose

This Scottish classic is oats-so-simple. Whip this up after a dinner party to really up your hosting game.

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Whisky on the Rocks

Nothing says New Year’s Eve like an extra special cocktail. And nothing says extra special like a luxurious whisky on the rocks. Perfect for sipping in the early hours of 2023.

We use the pinnacle of our range; Ballantine’s 30 Year Old. It’s a rich, sweet blend of rare powerful whiskies that’ll start your New Year off right.

White Orchid

Feeling fanciful? This vanilla whisky cocktail adds a sweetness to Ballantine’s 21 Year Old, bringing out the bottle’s natural notes of apple and liquorice. It’s simple to make but not simple on the palate. 

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.

Ballantine's 21 Year Old White Orchid Drink

White Orchid

This vanilla pairing combines with the natural notes of apple and liquorice present in Ballantine’s 23 Year Old whisky, adding layers of complexity.

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Spritz My Way

Ballantine’s + Soda + Bubbles = Spritz life. Add Ballantine’s Finest and Italicus, with Soda water and Prosecco. Garnished with a rosemary sprig and orange wheel for an added spritz.

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Sandbox Sip

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.

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Sandbox Sip

A sweet and fruity top shelf cocktail coming straight from Moxxi’s Bar for all you Vault Hunters out there

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Cold Brew Kick

Meet the cool, laid-back cousin to the Espresso Martini. Simple to make but still gets you those sophisticated host points.

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Sazerac Twist

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.

Penicillin

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.

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Sazerac Twist

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old has both a richness and complex spicy notes, so naturally works fantastically well in a Sazerac-style serve.

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Penicillin

Prescribe yourself the Penicillin, a fiery Scotch classic to kick off your weekend in style. No doctors necessary.

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Scots Coffee

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. 

Bobby Burns

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.

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Scots Coffee

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 out coffee cocktails with whisky and an added spritz.

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Bobby Burns

Raise a toast to Scotland’s national bard with this sophisticated cocktail.

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Apple Pop

Zippy, fresh, and light, the Apple Pop is a low-octane cocktail that still packs a serious flavour punch.

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Apple Pop

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.

If you’re looking for more NYE cocktail ideas then check out our library of whisky drink recipes. You can put a spin on them, follow them to the T – the choice is yours.

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