Looking to ring in 2014 with a new you, or at least a new drink in your hand? Look no further. We—and our pals in the booze business—are happy to help you expand your cultural horizons, one drink at a time. From an exotic take on an Arnold Palmer to an apple orchard in a glass to an X-rated cocktail, we’ve got your New Year’s Eve beverage needs covered. Bottoms up!

Moroccan Palmer

Courtesy of Olive & Ivy

Moroccan Palmer

Moroccan Palmer. Photo credit: Olive & Ivy

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces chai concentrate
  • ½ ounce honey syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Maker’s Mark
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon sugar

Directions:

  1. Shake and pour.
  2. Add ice if necessary.
  3. Top with lemonade.
  4. Garnish with lemon and cinnamon sugar.

Sage & Honeysuckle Royale

Courtesy of Little Cleo’s

Sage & Honeysuckle Royale

Sage & Honeysuckle Royale. Photo credit: Little Cleo’s

Ingredients:

  • ½ ounce honey
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce sage liqueur
  • 3 ounces sparkling wine
  • Lime peel

Directions:

  1. Give first three ingredients a quick shake.
  2. Add sparkling wine.
  3. Garnish with a lime peel.

Arcadia Orchard Cocktail

Courtesy of Beckett’s Table

Beckett's Arcadia Orchard

Beckett’s Arcadia Orchard. Photo credit: Beckett’s

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Woodchuck Hard Cider
  • 1 ½ ounces Harvest Spiced Caramel Syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 1 ½  ounces Old Fitzgerald or other bourbon
  • Splash pineapple juice
  • Calvados float
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Golden raisins
  • Amarena or razz cherry for garnish

Caramel syrup ingredients:

  • 1 quart sugar
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 sticks vanilla, scraped
  • 1 crushed nutmeg
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 4 each of star anise
  • 1 teaspoon whole clove
  • 2 teaspoons pink peppercorn
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom

Syrup directions:

  1. Place the sugar in a medium sized pot and place on a low-heat burner. Stir often to prevent burning.
  2. In another pot, bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once the sugar becomes a translucent brown liquid, remove from the heat and slowly stir into the boiling water.
  4. Next, add the spices and remove from the heat.
  5. Allow the spices to steep until the liquid becomes room temperature.
  6. Strain the liquid and it will be ready to use.

Cocktail directions:

  1. Fill a mason jar (or pint glass) with ice, add hard cider and set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the caramel syrup, bourbon and pineapple juice to ice and shake until well blended.
  3. Pour the mixture over the hard cider and float Calvados over the top.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg, add raisins and cherry to garnish.

Spiced Apple Sidecar

Courtesy of True Food Kitchen

Spiced Apple Sidecar

Spiced Apple Sidecar. Photo credit: True Food Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • ½ ounce Juiced apple juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces mulling spiced brandy
  • Apple slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake well.
  2. Pour into glass.
  3. Garnish with apple slices.

Shiso Naughty

Courtesy of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

RA Shiso Naughty

RA Shiso Naughty. Photo Credit: RA Sushi

Ingredients:

  • 1 shiso leaf
  • 1 ½ ounces Skyy pineapple vodka
  • 1 ounce X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
  • ½ ounce yuzu syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon sour
  • Strawberry for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a mixing tin, muddle shiso leaf.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, then shake.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with half of a strawberry.

Ruso Blanco

Courtesy of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Z’Tejas’s Ruso Blanco

Ruso Blanco. Photo credit: Z’Tejas

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Cuervo Cinge
  • ¾ ounce 1800 Anejo
  • 1 ounce Monin Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 ounce half & half
  • ½ ounce Kahlua

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except Kahlua) in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a martini glass.
  4. Top with ½ ounce Kahlua.

Maple Toddy

Courtesy of Alibi American Whiskey

Maple Toddy

Maple Toddy. Photo credit: Alibi American Whiskey

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Alibi American Whiskey
  • ½ ounce of Grade B maple syrup
  • Lemon wheel, studded with cloves
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 3 ounces of hot water

Directions:

  1. Combine Alibi American Whiskey, hot water and maple syrup in a mason jar.
  2. Add hot water.
  3. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon stick.
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