Cocktails before bubbly is twice as lovely.

It's always fun to toast the New Year with a glass of champagne, but what about the preamble? Here are five festive cocktails to try from the city's top bartenders (find more in our sister publication's Recipe Finder).

Nye_oaxacaoldfashioned The Slow Sipper Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Ingredients

1½ oz El Tesoro Reposado tequila ½ oz Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio mezcal 1 tsp agave nectar 2 dashes angostura bitters 1 orange twist, for garnish

Preparation

1. Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a coupe. 2. To garnish, flame the orange twist over the drink, then drop it in.


The Refresher Catalan G&T

By Shaun Layton, Juniper Kitchen & Bar

Ingredients

1½ oz Defender Island gin 1 bottle tonic (Fever-Tree Mediterranean) Thyme, for garnish Grapefruit, for garnish

Preparation

Mix cocktail over ice and garnish with a sprig of thyme and a slice of grapefruit.


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Nye_ramosginfizz The Old-Timer Ramos Gin Fizz

By Grant Sceney, Fairmont Pacific Rim

Ingredients

2 oz Tanqueray 10 gin ¾ oz lemon/lime juice (combined) ¾ oz simple syrup ½ oz cream ¾ egg white 2 dashes orange flower water Soda water

Preparation

1. Combine all ingredients except soda water in a cocktail shaker (without ice) 2. Shake to emulsify the egg white. 3. Add ice and shake vigorously for an additional 2 minutes. 4. Strain into a chilled Collins glass. Top with soda.


Nye_horseradishsour The Lip Smacker Horseradish Sour Cocktail

By Josh Pape, Wildebeest

Ingredients

2 oz London Dry Gin 1 oz lemon juice ½ oz runny honey Dash egg white 1 barspoon of creamed horseradish

Preparation

1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. 2. Shake well with lots of ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 3. Garnish with cracked pepper along one edge.


Nye_truenorth The Nightcapper True North

By Robyn Gray, Reflections: The Garden Terrace

Ingredients

20 ml Woodford bourbon 20 ml Goslings rum 20 ml BrancaMenta Hot Chocolate

Preparation

1. Pour bourbon, rum and menthe into a special coffee mug. Mix well. 2. Top with hot chocolate and whipped cream. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings.