From bubbles to ready-mixed, we’ve got the libations to keep you imbibing well into 2021.
1. The Cocktail Club Negroni
You can’t beat a Negroni at the start of a home-based sesh. For ease, why not order in something ready made so you can treat your guests (within your bubble of course) to an instant cocktail. Try this Oak-Aged Negroni from The Cocktail Club made with Chase Oak-Aged Sloe Gin, Campari, Antica Formula Vermouth and Water.
2. Two Birds Espresso
If you’ve hit it a little hard early in the evening and you’ve yet to make it to the chimes, there’s nothing like an espresso martini to give you a pick me up. We love this Two Birds Espresso from British small-batch distiller based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Keeping it local they have teamed up with nearby artisan coffee company to select slow-roasted arabica beans, which are cold brewed before being blended with Two Birds spirit.
3. Blanc De Noir
You will need some fizz for the midnight chimes, obvs! Try this sparkling wine, from Devon’s Lyme Bay Winery. Blanc de Noir (2016) sparkling wine white is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. It’s rich and earthy with strawberry and cherry notes and created using traditional methods.
4. Tribaut Brut Origine
If you want to go down the classic French route, this champagne has picked up a number of accolades. Tribaut Brut Origine is a fresh and fruity sparkling wine, created by fourth-generation wine makers Tribaut-Schloesser in the heart of the champagne region in Romery, near Epernay. It’s a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier selected from 8 different terroirs and matured for a minimum 3 years. It lasted all of five minutes during our taste test, so suggest a minimum of two bottles for the big night in!
5. Prosecco DOC Rose
Here’s a lovely dry yet fruity sparkling rose, new to the UK and sure to make your NYE go out with a bang. Pale blush in colour with strawberry notes on the palatte, the wine is aged for minimum 60 days and comes from an esteemed area of wine production in North East Italy.
6. Lugger Rum
This recently launched spiced rum has just picked up a gold in the World Rum Awards 2020. It’s hand-blended in small batches in Devon using a blend of rums from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Nutmeg, orange peel, cloves and vanilla are all added and then it’s aged in bourbon oak barrels.
8. Hyde no.7
No NYE’s drinks edit would be complete without some whiskey. Here’s a new one for your end of the year booze trolley. Hyde no. 7 is a triple distilled single malt Irish whiskey. It’s aged for at least six years in a sherry cask. You’ll get notes of Manuka honey, apricot and plum in this rich and spicy spirit.
9. Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
Our NYE gin choice hails from Rajasthan. Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin comes in a fancy frosted black bottle with touches of raised gold on the label. It’s triple-distilled and handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still at one of India’s oldest distilleries in the foothills of the Himalayas. 11 botanicals are used including coriander, Cubeb berries, and Darjeeling Green Tea leaves.
10. H by HINE
Its NYE baby and you need some congac in your life. Make like the rappers and sip on some H by HINE. Blended from two Champagnes, this congac is recommended neat alongside sushi so sip it alongside your NYE spread, or try it as a cocktail topped with ginger ale.
11. Beluga Celebration
If you’re looking to add a little wow factor into your drinks cabinet, try this Beluga Celebration, a limited edition bottling of Beluga Noble Vodka to commemorate the 115th anniversary of production at Siberia's Mariinsk Distillery. Made in the heart of Siberia, this vodka is exceptionally smooth and presented in a luxe-looking silver bottle, with screen painted text and embossed with an iconic gold sturgeon.
12. Cazcabel Blanco
You’ll need some sort of tequila for your New Year’s Eve tribe. Try this Cazcabel Blanco, made in a micro distillery in Mexico’s Jalisco mountains with locally grown seven-year-old Blue Weber agave. The result is a classic tasting earthy tequila, good enough to sip unaccompanied. Or, if someone’s calling for shots, try our newly discovered salt/lime replacement: Tabasco and a slice of orange. Trust us, it works!
13. Five Farms
If you’re after an Irish cream liqueur but want to steer away from big brands, then hunt down this luxury Five Farms Irish Cream. Truly farm-to-fork, it’s crafted from single batches of fresh cream from the family-owned farm in County Cork and combined with 10 + more whisky than competitors. Plus, it comes in a lovely traditional bottle in the style that dates back to the early 1900s. Sold!
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Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad.