Giada’s New Year’s Eve cocktails and appetizers

Planning a New Year's Eve party? Looking for some simple but tasty drinks and dishes to serve? Try these fun and fruity cocktails and amazing appetizers from Giada De Laurentiis. The TODAY contributor and chef shares her recipes for champagne sangria, panini with chocolate and more.

Champagne sangria

Ingredients

  • Champagne sangria

    • 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco or French champagne, chilled
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 2 cups Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
    • 1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced
    • 1 lime, zested and thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
    • 5 fresh mint sprigs
    • Crushed ice
  • Mint simple syrup

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup packed mint leaves

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Panini with chocolate and brie
Servings:

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

    • 12 slices sourdough bread
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
    • 1 12-ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

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Blended cherry mojitos
Servings:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings, 1 2/3 cups; Prep time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Blended cherry mojitos

    • 1 pound bag frozen pitted cherries
    • 2 cups crushed ice, plus extra to serve
    • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
    • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
    • 1 cup citrus flavored rum
    • 1 2/3 cups lime simple syrup, recipe below
  • Lime simple syrup

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • Zest of 3 limes

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Hibiscus tea with vodka and citrus
Servings:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings; Prep time: 3 minutes; Cook time: 5 minutes; Inactive prep time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups (2 ounces) dried hibiscus flowers or dried rose petals*
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 cup vodka, chilled
    • 1 cup ice

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Sautéed shrimp cocktail
Servings:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings; Prep time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled tail-on, deveined
    • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (recommended: Maille)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

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Italian fried olives
Servings:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings; Prep time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

    • 1 ounce gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 20 pitted green olives, rinsed and dried thoroughly
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
    • Vegetable oil for frying

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