Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM ET
Whether you are hosting a large New Year’s Eve soiree or having and intimate gathering, show off your sweet bartender moves with these easy-to-mix holiday drinks. Mixologist Jason Littrell of the famed Death & Co. bar in New York City shares some drink recipes that are sure to be hit.
This is a more sophisticated version of bourbon and ginger ale, because of the ginger syrup and lime juice. Jason makes his own ginger syrup, but you can buy it at a store like Whole Foods.
Build the cocktail in a Collins glass, top with soda and lavish orange garnish
Build ingredients in a Collins glass over ice and garnish with lemon peel. Stir well!
Bianco Mulled Wine (punch)
This is a very traditional winter cocktail that goes back centuries. You can make this on a stove, or you can also make this in a crockpot. The advantage of the crockpot is it heats all the way around.
Normally this drink is made with red wine but Jason prefers it with white wine because it looks better in a colored glass. Go for a nice dry white wine.
Wrap cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cloves in cheesecloth and tie with string. Bring sugar and water to a near boil in a 5-quart heavy pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add spice bag, wine, vanilla bean and fruit. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Strain it. Ladle from crock pot in to tea cups.
Stir and strain into Champagne flute, top with Ruffino Prosecco. You can find these bitters in a specialty store.