3 Drinks That Go Beyond Champagne for New Year’s Eve

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Champagne ToastWhile it’s easy to simply serve up champagne when you’re having a New Year’s Eve bash in our Orlando apartments, it’s a little bit ho-hum. Why not surprise your guests with something unique? Whether you’re having just a couple friends over or having a party for a crowd, here are three great drinks that go beyond champagne and are sure to wow your guests as they sip in the new year.

Pitcher of Chambord Bellini 

Looking for something elegant and pretty? Mix up a pitcher, or pitchers, of Chambord Bellini for your New Year’s Eve soiree.

What you’ll need: 

  • ½ bottle of Chambord liqueur (300 mL), chilled
  • 6 cups of chilled or fresh berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
  • Sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 bottle of prosecco (750 mL), chilled
  • Chilled pitcher 

How to make it: 

Fill the chilled pitcher with the berries. Slowly pour in the Chambord and then add prosecco slowly. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary. Pour into champagne glasses and serve immediately. Serves 8.

Rum and Apple Cider Punch 

If you want to make sure your guests don’t get too intoxicated, this house punch is pretty low in alcohol, and it’s easy to make.

What you’ll need: 

  • ½ of a red apple, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnishing 
  • 1 12-ounce bottle of dry hard apple cider
  • 1 cup of aged rum
  • ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup of sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 3 3-x-1-inch strips of orange zest, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnishing
  • ¼ cup of simple syrup (or more to taste)

How to make it: 

Combine the bitters, lemon juice, rum, simple syrup, and vermouth in a big pitcher. Add 2 cups of ice, stirring until the punch is cold and the ice is mostly melted. Stir in orange zest and apple slices. Gently add the cider and stir. Garnish with extra orange zest and apple slices. Makes eight servings.

Black Velvet Cocktail 

Still want to incorporate champagne to your party? Make it super special with this black velvet cocktail.

What you’ll need: 

  • 4 ounces of chilled stout
  • 4 ounces of champagne, chilled

How to make it: 

Pour champagne into a flute, beer mug, or pint glass. Slowly add stout. Add extra champagne to taste. Makes a single serving.

Any of these delightful cocktails is sure to take your New Year’s Eve bash to the next level. If your guests are looking for new apartments in Orlando for the coming year, have them give our office a call to find out about the options we have available. 

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