What would New Year’s Eve be without a fabulous cocktail or two? We like our retro cocktail theme so much that we decided to continue it for NYE with a selection of party-worthy beverages that are sure to shake up a good time. True to the NYE theme, each of these calls for champagne, or you could use a locally-produced sparkling white wine! To make these drinks as eco-friendly as possible, choose organic or sustainable alcohols when available. And no matter what cocktails you decide to whip up, skip the Technicolor pre-packaged mixers; opting instead for natural, organic juices and your own homemade simple syrup (have some real flavor fun and infuse your syrup with herbs or fruit). If you just have to go pre-done mixers, look for organic bar mixes like Nature’s Flavors. Skip the Day-Glo cherries and garnish your beverages with fruit slices, citrus zest or even an herb sprig. It may not be possible to make a 100% organic cocktail, but it’s certainly possible to get most of the way there. Once you’ve assembled your bar necessities, it’s time to get shakin’ and stirrin’ up some New Year’s Eve cheer.
Classic Champagne Cocktail (AKA – Goodnight Kiss)
- 1 sugar cube
- Organic bitters
- Garnish: Lemon twist
Soak sugar cube with bitters and place in the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.