I don't know about you but I love cocktails and champagne and cannot find a better reason to drink cocktails than to celebrate the New Year! I have a raging virus that is ruining my holidays but these will put me in the mood to dance the night away!
In Spain, we have a few traditions for New Years Eve, that no matter where I am, I always follow. It might sound silly, but in Madrid we all gather around the old clock at the tower of the city council and we eat 12 grapes, one to each gong. You can watch last's years grapes in the video below from the Spanish National TV channel TVE (in Spanish).
We have a belief that red is a lucky colour so you have to wear something new, something red and put gold in your glass of champagne so it brings prosperity and wealth on the new year.
So back to the cocktails. These are very simple and of course you could make them anytime of the year but they are a little bit more special for New Years Eve, so I always put them in champagne flutes.
The Big Man isn't a big fan of champagne so I make this for him. Very simple, 1 part gin and top up with ginger ale. It looks like champagne and you will have everyone fooled! For kids that want to have a glass a champagne, skip the gin, it still looks like champagne.
This is another gin drink and it tastes great: 1 part gin and top up with sparkling schloer (I used raspberry and cranberry).
This is for those that like orange and more bitter drinks. It has a name but I have forgotten what it is. You need: 1 cube of sugar at the bottom of the glass and then add a couple drop of angostura bitters. Top with Champagne.
These are a couple of punches that usually come on high ball glasses. They are crowd pleasers so make sure you have plenty!
Juice of half a lemon and half a glass of strawberry juice. Top with champagne.
3/4 part rum, 1 part agave syrup, a few drops of angostura and half a lemon. Serve very cold with ice.
Do you have any New Year's Eve traditions? What are your favourite cocktails for the New Year? Tell me all about it in the comments below or tweet me at @hungrylittleone
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 will be your best year yet!