New Year"s Eve Cocktails: Go Beyond the Bubbly

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Are you tired of ringing in the new year with the usual Champagne Still, no New Year”s party is complete without a few festive cocktails on the drink table, so why not mix up something special for the last night of the year

Follow these recipes to put a little extra new pizzazz in your glass as you raise a toast to 2012.

A few fun tips from Beefeater Gin brand ambassador Nick Van Tiel: Chill your glasses in the freezer before serving to add to the professional presentation, always use fresh juices (fresh-squeezed is best) and don”t be afraid to get creative with garnishes!

Firework FizzBy Nick Van Tiel, Beefeater Gin Brand Ambassador

• 2 parts Champagne

• 4 parts apple juice (cloudy)

• 2 parts Beefeater Gin

• 3 teaspoons elderflower cordial

• 2 wedges of lime

• 2 big sprigs of mint and a slice of apple to garnish

Fill a highball glass to the brim with cubed ice. Squeeze the lime wedges and then drop it into the glass. Add in the gin, apple juice, elderflower and Champagne; then give it a good stir.

Chief of AffectionsBy Debbie Anday of NYCs Lani Kai

• 1 part Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose Moscato

• 1 sage leaf

• 1.5 parts Rhum JM Rhum Agricole

• ½ parts Aperol

• ¼ parts egg white (dry shaken)

• ¾ parts grapefruit juice

• ½ parts lime juice

• ½ parts cane syrup

Serve in a rocks glass. Fill all ingredients in a highball glass and top with Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose Moscato and garnish with sage leaf.

Earl-y New Years ChillBy Jamie Gordon, Pernod Ricard ambassador

• 2 parts Beefeater 24

• 1 part earl grey syrup (add sugar)

• ¾ part lemon juice

• ½ part pasteurized egg white

• 2 dashes peach bitters

In a shaker, add all the ingredients except the ice. Shake cocktail thoroughly. Add ice and shaker again to chill and froth the cocktail. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon zest.

To make Earl Grey Syrup, combine a very strong brew of Earl Grey Tea with sugar in a 1:1 ratio. Allow to cool before use.