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Top 10 New Year Cocktail & Coffee Recipes

Written by Liz –

Coffee Abuelatini recipe

1. Coffee Abuelatini

With iced coffee, chocolate and cinnamon flavors, this Coffee Abuelatini above is a classy choice for entertaining.

Puerto Rican Rum Punch (Coquito) recipe

2. Puerto Rican Rum Punch (Coquito)

Try this Latin-inspired cocktail to add some spice to your New Year.

After Midnight Javatini recipe

3. After Midnight Javatini

After Midnight Javatini above is terrific for holiday late-night celebrations. A chocolate-rimmed glass and a hint of coffee liqueur add a flavorful twist and a festive flair to this one-of-a-kind beverage.

Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

4. Spiced Apple Cider

Cloves, cinnamon sticks and anise pods give this Spiced Apple Cider a festive and tasty flair that you will completely love. For an adult party, add an optional splash of vanilla vodka or rum.

Hot Peppermint Mocha Shots recipe

5. Hot Peppermint Mocha Shots

For some non-alcoholic drink, these Hot Peppermint Mocha Shots add a peppermint kick and hint of coffee to your cocoa for a grown-up version of a childhood favorite. This tasty winter warmer is a rich and decadent party pleaser.

Vanilla Cappuccino recipe

6. Vanilla Cappuccino

And for a morning-after rouser, try this simple Vanilla Cappuccino above, with a hint of cinnamon.

Caramel Macchiato Cappuccino Recipe

7. Caramel Macchiato Cappuccino

Craving the coffeehouse taste at home? Try the smooth, rich flavor of Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato, a shot of espresso and steamed milk in this easy Cappuccino recipe. It doesn’t get more delicious.

Heavenly Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Liqueur recipe

8. Heavenly Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Liqueur

Hot chocolate with coffee and hazelnut liqueurs shown above will warm your soul on a cold night.

Rich 'N Creamy Mint Cocoa recipe

9. Rich ‘N Creamy Mint Cocoa

This elegant Creamy Mint Cocoa is perfect for chilly nights. Add a little Irish crème liqueur to add extra dimension! Top with whipped cream and dusting of cocoa.

Hot Buttered White Chocolate Caramel Espresso recipe

10. Hot Buttered White Chocolate Caramel Espresso

Hot Buttered White Chocolate Caramel Espresso is rich and flavorful and ready in 5 minutes. This one is perfect for entertaining.

Happy New Year with Spiced Apple Cider (Cocktail)

Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

When I saw Ani‘s recipe for Spiced Apple Cider, it reminded me of the Vin Chaud (mulled wine) I’d had and loved in Europe during the holidays. I could often smell it wafting from doorways of small restaurants and upon entering friends’ homes or churches. Even places like train stations and gas stations served it, which cheerily sustained me through the cold winter months.

I remember when Ani got the inspiration for this cider, and I thought it would make a perfect cocktail recipe for a New Year’s celebration in wine country. I could please everyone: plain cider for the mocktail drinkers, spiced wine for the wine country fanatics and cider with vanilla vodka or rum for the most festive of friends.

I tested it out in preparation; following the recipe was easy…so much easier than the homemade eggnog I’d recently tried out. You just need spices and apple juice for the base, and it only takes 15 minutes of cooking time. I also decided to chill some of the plain cider after cooking to satisfy those that might want their cocktail on the rocks.

Here are some cocktail variations you might try:

  • Add vanilla vodka or rum (or your favorite spirit) to the hot cider.
  • Add your favorite spirit to chilled cider along with a splash of carbonated water over ice.
  • For mulled wine, substitute 1 bottle of medium to full-bodied red wine for the apple juice, add 1/4 cup sugar, cover immediately and cook on low (so it never reaches a boil) for 20 minutes.
  • For white wine cider, substitute 1/2 bottle of medium to full-bodied white wine for 1/2 of the apple juice, add 1/8 cup sugar, cover immediately and cook on low (so it never reaches a boil) for 20 minutes.

For me, this will make the cheeriest, easiest and most versatile of winter celebrations. Happy New Year!

Old-Fashioned Eggnog

If you’re looking for something creamier, fancier or more holiday-themed, check out this old-fashioned eggnog adventure (pictured above) and the coffee-creamy-martini or latin-inspired eggnog below.


More holiday celebration drink recipes:

After Midnight Javatini Recipe
After Midnight Javatini
Costa Rican-Style Eggnog Recipe
Costa Rican-Style Eggnog

After Midnight Javatini: a Martini Recipe with a Kick

After Midnight Javatini martini recipe

Coffee-mate isn’t just for coffee! I used Coffee-Mate in this Javatini in addition to Nescafe, to add creaminess and flavor. There are so many Coffee-Mate many flavors to pick from; any flavor can be used in all kinds of beverages and desserts. Get playful in the kitchen and see what you can come up with.  We’d love to hear about it!

This is one of my favorite drink recipes – get the recipe here – but we came up with a bunch more in our kitchens. I’m not sure I would even consider some of these a beverage; they’re more like a dessert you can drink!


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