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Counting down till midnight on New Year’s Eve is usually accompanied by a flute of champagne or a gin and tonic. But those drinks, while classic, aren’t as interesting or unusual as the latest liquors and mixed drinks on the market. This year, try something more adventurous and kick off the new year right.

Cranberry Spice

For a drink that’s as tart as it is sweet, try a Cranberry Spice. To make this sweet and spicy cocktail, muddle an orange wedge together with 10 cranberries and a handful of minced ginger in a cocktail shaker. Add two ounces of Aperol, one ounce of Lillet Blanc, four dashes of cranberry bitters, and ice. Most liquor shops in Alpharetta should have any specialty ingredients you don’t have in your home, like Aperol and bitters. Shake the cocktail shaker well and strain the mixture over ice. Top it all off with four ounces of hard cider. Garnish with more cranberries and a slice of ginger.

Fireball Hot Toddy

Another adventurous option that will warm you up on cold winter nights is a Fireball Hot Toddy. This cocktail is spicy and warm, and will heat you up from the inside out. This drink is started off by bringing two cups of water to a boil on the stove. Dip glass rims in caramel, then add two teaspoons of honey, a squeeze of lemon, and two ounces of Fireball whiskey to each glass. Pour the boiling water into the glasses and stir until the honey is dissolved. Garnish each drink with star anise and a cinnamon stick.

Mimosa Float

If you’re looking for more of a sweet treat, a colorful Mimosa Float might be just the ticket. This drink is for drinkers with a sweet tooth. Do you love unicorns and mermaids? This cocktail is for you. For this decadent drink, you’ll need two small dishes. Fill one with a fourth of a cup of melted white chocolate and the other with rainbow sprinkles. Dip the rims of champagne or coup glasses in the white chocolate, then in the sprinkles. Add one or two scoops of rainbow sorbet to each glass, then top with champagne or Prosecco and serve. A liquor outlet in Alpharetta can help you decide which glasses to serve your masterpieces in.

This New Year, try something different from the norm and mix up some magic in the form of unusual cocktails. Start off your new year on the right foot and make a resolution to expand your palette and try something new.

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