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2018 is almost upon us! Celebrate with delicious cocktails to ring in the New Year!

It’s crazy, but it is already almost 2018! This means taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments this year, and what better way is there than throwing a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash — complete with a festive cocktail or two. Here are four that are sure to be a hit no matter the crowd.

Bellini

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Champagne is a safe choice, but why not end the year in style and be bold by adding something a little extra to your bubbly? Start with a prosecco or sparkling wine and top with a peach nectar syrup. For added pizzazz, add real peaches to the mix, and a raspberry on the rim.

If peach flavor isn’t your thing, try adding hibiscus syrup for a sweet taste and a beautiful red color to your cocktail (presentation matters too!). Stick the flower to the rim of your champagne flute or pop into the drink itself.

Espresso Martini

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This not only tastes like spiked coffee (because who doesn’t love that?), but also looks so pretty, making you a Pinterest worthy hostess or host.

In a shaker, combine ice cubes, a shot of vodka, a shot of fresh espresso, a couple splashes of coffee flavored liqueur (Kahlua or Bailey’s are good bets) depending on how much flavor you want, and a splash of simple syrup. Shake well, and then serve up in a martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans sprinkled at the top, or an orange twist.

The espresso martini is sophisticated, bold, and a great substitute for dessert.

Sangria

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When throwing a party, it’s helpful to have a pitcher of something people could easily pour for themselves. Making a cocktail in bulk beforehand will allow you to celebrate with your guests without having to play bartender all night. Plus sangria only gets better with time, so you won’t feel guilty letting it sit.

There are so many variations of sangria you could make. If you want to please the most amount of palletes, go with the classic red. Combine red wine, vodka, brandy, triple sec, orange juice, cranberry juice, a couple cinnamon sticks in a large mixing pot. When everything is stirred together, transfer to a pitcher and let sit in the fridge for an hour or two. Serve chilled, topped with bites of apples and oranges. You can allow guests to grab their own ice for individual glasses.

If you’re feeling something a little sweeter, and a little different try making a more festive white sangria. Mix white wine with a white cranberry juice, and add rum or vodka. Chill the same way you would the red, and then serve with apples and fresh cranberries.

B-52

Any New Year’s Eve bash should have a signature shot. There are many directions you could go with it, but if you want to really impress your crowd, try your hand at the B-52. This is a layered shot, so it will require a bit of technique.

Start with fresh espresso at the bottom, then layer with a coffee liqeuor such as Kalhua, and finish off with an orange cognac, like a Grand Marnier. It can get a little tricky to make sure the layers remain separate, so a tip is to tilt the shot glass and use a spoon to get the top two layers on evenly.

This is a great option for those that love shots but don’t love the taste of too much alcohol. It will be the perfect decadent treat to ring in the new year.

Do you have a go-to New Year’s Eve cocktail? What will you be sipping on to ring in 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

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