Convivial cocktails and party punches to help ring in the New Year

Lemon Rosé Bellini (Epicurious) - Reminiscent of a slushie, this fun drink uses lemon sorbet, citrus vodka and rosé champagne.

Limoncello Sparkle (Epicurious) - This champagne cocktail gets a citrusy kick from the addition of limoncello and Cointreau.

Rum Punch (Food & Wine) - This would make a nice tropical sipper for a crowd for your New Year's Eve fête.

Sparkling Apple Cocktail (Epicurious) - Apple juice, cognac and champagne combine for a fizzy and refreshing cocktail.

And for the morning after, try this Ukranian hangover cure "cocktail". (I hope you like pickles.)

And as for choosing your champagne and sparkling wines, be sure to read Paul Abercombie's "A taste for Champagne on a beer budget? Holiday bubbly for any allowance", and Cecelia Messina's "Pop open a sparkling wine and pop open a celebration" articles for the best bottles for your budget".

Have a fun, safe and happy New Year!

Though bubbly is the traditional drink on New Year's Eve, why not spice things up a bit and try something new for the occasion? Below are some fun cocktail and party punch recipes I've found, including ones for champagne cocktails.

Admiral Russel's Punch (12 Bottle Bar) - Great for a crowd, this one consists mainly of cognac and sherry or madeira. (And don't forget to garnish with a boy in a rowboat Playmobil figurine..

Cielo de Jalisco (Umamimart) - Anything with tequila, namely añejo, makes me swoon. This particular concoction also uses sweet vermouth, ginger syrup and mole (as in, the sauce) bitters. Interesting sounding, to say the least.

Cranberry Lime Bellinis (Smells Like Home) - An easy peasy sparkling cocktail with cranberry juice, prosecco and lime juice

Holiday Punch (Georgia Pellegrini) - Super simple, this fruity punch reminds me of a white sangria with frozen lemonade and limeaid concentrate.

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