New Year’s Eve is a time when the clock rolls over, we all make promises we won’t keep, and buckle down to prepare for a month of filling out forms wrong and paying taxes to the government. It’s also a great time to make temporary friends, rekindle old romances, or just get trashed.
Every town, city, and region has their NYE traditions, and it usually involves gathering in the town square to watch someone’s balls drop. In Flagstaff, AZ, the ball is a nut, but the passage of time is enjoyed by all either way.
Try one of these celebratory drinks to end/start your year right. Pair it with one of these time travel movies to yearn for a chance to go back and relive those precious moments in the past. If you see a drink you like, click the pic to see the recipe.
Best Whiskey Drink for NYE – Irish Coffee
The Irish know coffee. I mean, I don’t know that they are particularly known for growing or drinking it, but pouring whiskey into anything to make it better is Irish, right? This warm drink can be kept in a Thermos to keep you running (and smiling) well into the night.
Best Rum Drink for NYE – Spiked Chai Latte
Chai tea is a flavorful drink with all the good of pumpkin spice and none of the bad. This chai latte blend adds both rum and Cointreau, a orange liqueur, to create the perfect blend of flavors. Treat your taste buds without all the caffeine or artificial flavorings contained in a Starbucks PSL.
Best Vodka Drink for NYE – Bloody Mary
People usually recommend a Bloody Mary for the morning after, but it’s a great way to start off your night with vitamins, minerals, and other goodness so you’re drinking on a full stomach. I love to go all-out with my Bloody Mary, adding practically an entire meal’s worth of vegetables, meats, and cheeses as garnishes. I also prefer it spicy, although it’s a great drink to personalize your own way.
Best Gin Drink for NYE – Gin Martini
Your dad probably orders vodka martinis exclusively, and that’s because James Bond likes his that way. Gin is a much more sophisticated alcohol to make a martini with, and if you’re careful and methodical with each step, you’ll easily impress even the most discerning tastes. Just don’t be stingy with the ingredients either.
Best Tequila Drink for NYE – Tequila Sunrise
Tequila is probably the healthiest liquor you can drink, and this cocktail adds citrus fruits and cherries to make it even more appealing. You know how your mom told you eat your fruits and vegetables? A Bloody Mary and Tequila Sunrise satisfy those requirements so you get a head start on whatever healthy resolutions you made for the upcoming year.
Best THC-Infused Drink for NYE – Weed Whiskey
Infusing alcohol with THC is a lot easier than most foods. That’s because alcohol is one of the solvents used to make cannabis concentrates. It’s made similarly to sun tea, and the longer you leave it out in the sun (two days is best), the more potent it’ll be. From there, you can make your typical whiskey cocktails like a Sazerac, whiskey and coke, hot toddy, or Irish coffee.
Best Psychedelic Drink for NYE – Psilocybin Tea
If you’ve never tried magic mushrooms, tea is probably the best way to do it. Most people aren’t fans of the flavor, because they’re basically grown in shit. Still, the psychedelic effects of this tea will take you to a new dimension. DMT, LSD, and other hallucinogens get all the glory these days, but good ol-fashioned, natural shrooms are an experience everyone should try at least once in their lives.
Best Champagne Drink for NYE – Death in the Afternoon
This favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway is a simple mixture of champagne and absinthe. It adds just the right kick of flavor and effect to your ordinary champagne, so just keep a bottle of Lucid on you to add to the complimentary champagne if you’re on a budget.