TODAY | December 31, 2013
>>> go until most of us will raise a glass of champagne to say good-bye to 2013 and ring in the new year.
>> our guest is an alcohol historian. he's here with a few new year's eve cocktail options for anyone looking to think outside the bubbly box. shouldn't be afraid to do that, right?
>> no, it's easy, fun, festive, not too heavy on the alcohol because it's a long evening. not too much work. punch is something we see at parties.
>> this goes back to the 1700s . it's simple to make. it's the original american party drink. it starts -- you put lemon peel and sugar into a lemon jar and let it sit a couple hours overnight. that's all lemon oil , which is so tasty. put it in your jar. pour it over the ice.
>> those are the lemon peoples which you can drape over, if you want to be or tifrtic about it. then rum, funky jamaican rum.
>> funky jamaican rum.
>> exactly. cognac is here.
>> this is going to serve --
>> this is going to be -- this will serve like 30 people.
>> you say --
>> and that is --
>> now, why was it important that you put one in before the other?
>> i didn't like to put the --
>> that's just the way he likes them. he's an historian. that's the way they do it.
>> so you stir it around. grate a little nutmeg over the top .
>> always do that fresh. smells good. kind of fun. people like the personal touch. and we end up with something like this.
>> actually something exactly like this, right?
>> here, hody.
>> thank you, thank you.
>> thank you very much.
>> cheers, cheers. i taste the nutmeg. hody, you like that.
>> what's the next --
>> you don't.
>> that's classic --
>> okay, we've got a new york sour here which goes back to the 1880s .
>> sour now.
>> give them a little stir. the fun part of this is i'm taking red wine and just pouring it over the back of my spoon.
>> just to get that --
>> look how gorgeous that is.
>> we only have a couple of seconds. we'll skip these.
>> all right, let me -- there. another one.
>> all right. yeah, we can sip on --
>> we love your enthusiasm.
>> what's this?
>> this is invented for a chorus girl who married a millionaire.
>> flora dora, that's right.
>> you can put a little umbrella on it if you want.
>> this is not the big brush off but you took a lot of time.
>> yeah, you sure did.