16 Swanky Cocktails That Will Impress Your Guests

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Swanky Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

Up your cocktail game with easy upgrades like simple syrups, perfectly clear ice (who knew how important ice was to a good cocktail?) and one of these recipes for swanky cocktails to feature at your next soiree. From the standard martini to the seasonal eggnog or spiked cider, there's a cocktail that will please every one of your guests.

Up your cocktail game with easy upgrades like simple syrups, perfectly clear ice (who knew how important ice was to a good cocktail?) and one of these recipes for swanky cocktails to feature at your next soiree. From the standard martini to the seasonal eggnog or spiked cider, there's a cocktail that will please every one of your guests.

French 75

Recipe for a French 75 cocktail.

Cocktails can be swanky while still being simple. You only need four ingredients to make this classic drink, so you won't spend all night mixing drinks behind the bar and can mingle with your guests instead.

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Cocktails can be swanky while still being simple. You only need four ingredients to make this classic drink, so you won't spend all night mixing drinks behind the bar and can mingle with your guests instead.

Peach Bellini

Recipe for a peach bellini.

A peach bellini is a perfect drink choice for your party if you need a non-alcoholic choice as well. Swap champagne for sparkling water to make this a mocktail.

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A peach bellini is a perfect drink choice for your party if you need a non-alcoholic choice as well. Swap champagne for sparkling water to make this a mocktail.

Raspberry Sorbetto Mimosa

Raspberry sorbet mimosas

Make a simple yet impressive-looking cocktail with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and some champagne. You can even let the kids in on the fun with a mocktail version of this raspberry sorbet mimosa (swap the champagne for sparkling fruit juice). You'll have drinks and desserts served up in one glass!

Credit: Shaina Olmanson

Make a simple yet impressive-looking cocktail with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and some champagne. You can even let the kids in on the fun with a mocktail version of this raspberry sorbet mimosa (swap the champagne for sparkling fruit juice). You'll have drinks and desserts served up in one glass!

White Wine Sangria

How to make white sangria.

The best part about white sangria is how customizable you can make it. Try making tasty variations like pineapple kiwi or pomegranate citrus to give your guests lots of options.

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The best part about white sangria is how customizable you can make it. Try making tasty variations like pineapple kiwi or pomegranate citrus to give your guests lots of options.

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan eggnog

This vegan eggnog is so delicious you won't know it's lacking the trademark eggs. Add some spiced rum for a drink that is sure to be the hit of your party.

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This vegan eggnog is so delicious you won't know it's lacking the trademark eggs. Add some spiced rum for a drink that is sure to be the hit of your party.

Belgian Ale Beer Eggnog

How to make Belgian Ale Beer Eggnog

The beer-lover in your life will swoon for this Belgian ale beer eggnog. Spike your 'nog with Belgian Ale instead of spiced rum for an updated twist on the classic.

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The beer-lover in your life will swoon for this Belgian ale beer eggnog. Spike your 'nog with Belgian Ale instead of spiced rum for an updated twist on the classic.

Boozy Beer Hot Cider

How to make hot cider with beer.

It's freezing in most parts of the country during the winter months. Warm up your guests up with this boozy beer hot cider.

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It's freezing in most parts of the country during the winter months. Warm up your guests up with this boozy beer hot cider.

Gingerbread Hot Toddy

Make a gingerbread hot toddy

The holidays provide -- among other joys -- an excuse to have gingerbread-flavored anything before next holiday season. Give this seasonal favorite one last hurrah with this flavored hot toddy.

Credit: Shaina Olmanson

The holidays provide -- among other joys -- an excuse to have gingerbread-flavored anything before next holiday season. Give this seasonal favorite one last hurrah with this flavored hot toddy.

Stout Hot Chocolate With Beer Whipped Cream

Make a boozy hot chocolate with beer whipped cream.

Your hot chocolate will be the star of the party with this delicious upgrade. Add your favorite stout beer to a pan of hot chocolate and be sure to save a few tablespoons to infuse into the whipped cream as well.

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Your hot chocolate will be the star of the party with this delicious upgrade. Add your favorite stout beer to a pan of hot chocolate and be sure to save a few tablespoons to infuse into the whipped cream as well.

Martini

Martini with olive

Whether you prefer yours straight up or dirty, there are few drinks that feel as swanky as a martini. The key to the perfect martini is clear ice so your pour comes out translucent.

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Whether you prefer yours straight up or dirty, there are few drinks that feel as swanky as a martini. The key to the perfect martini is clear ice so your pour comes out translucent.

Ginger Beer Cocktails

Ginger beer cocktails

Moscow Mules are delicious — there's no denying that — but you can make other cocktails with ginger beer, too. Try a Dead Man's Mule, El Diablo, or even a mocktail for the kids.

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Moscow Mules are delicious — there's no denying that — but you can make other cocktails with ginger beer, too. Try a Dead Man's Mule, El Diablo, or even a mocktail for the kids.

Original Mai-Tai

Mai-tai

Transport your guests to a tropical location with a Mai-Tai. The key is orgeat, a simple syrup made from almonds and sugar.

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Transport your guests to a tropical location with a Mai-Tai. The key is orgeat, a simple syrup made from almonds and sugar.

Mint Julep

How to make a mint julep.

The mint julep is a cocktail that has been around since the 1800s! It's kept its popularity for a reason — all you need is bourbon, mint, and simple syrup for this ultra-refreshing drink.

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The mint julep is a cocktail that has been around since the 1800s! It's kept its popularity for a reason — all you need is bourbon, mint, and simple syrup for this ultra-refreshing drink.

New Orleans Hurricane

How to make a New Orleans Hurricane.

The hurricane is synonymous with party city New Orleans which means it's a drink worthy of your next party. This potent drink contains rum, lemon or lime juice, passionfruit juice, and grenadine.

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The hurricane is synonymous with party city New Orleans which means it's a drink worthy of your next party. This potent drink contains rum, lemon or lime juice, passionfruit juice, and grenadine.

Cucumber-Mint Grapefruit Margarita

How to make a cucumber-mint margarita.

No one can say no to a margarita! Get the party started with a refreshing cucumber-mint grapefruit margarita — and think about having a taco bar as your food option to pair with them!

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No one can say no to a margarita! Get the party started with a refreshing cucumber-mint grapefruit margarita — and think about having a taco bar as your food option to pair with them!

Sparkling Champagne Cocktails

Make cocktails with champagne for your NYE party.

Champagne makes any party just a bit more special. If you want to serve cocktails, use champagne as your base in drinks like a blueberry thrill, whiskey cider, or kir royal.

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Champagne makes any party just a bit more special. If you want to serve cocktails, use champagne as your base in drinks like a blueberry thrill, whiskey cider, or kir royal.

Differences Between Bellinis & Mimosas

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