New Year, New Drink

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with local cocktail recipes.

Pomegranate-Grapefruit Holiday Crush with Snow. Photo by Allison Shaw.

Just because you’re the kind of person to stay home on New Year’s Eve, you’re still entitled to a good cocktail. Some of us prefer to stay home, host a party, or ring in the new year in our pajamas. Whatever your case, why not serve up some of these deliciously local cocktails in the comfort of your own home? Plan to ring in the new year with one of these new drinks.

If you’re hosting a party and plan on serving one of these local favorites also make sure to stock your bar with a variety of mixers, syrups, and garnishes so your guests can customize their own drinks. Stop by Le Roux in Vineyard Haven  — they’re stocked with a fun selection of cocktail ingredients! Freshly sliced citrus fruit, along with pomegranate seeds, frozen grapes, and natural juices make for a fun and colorful bar.

Pomegranate-Grapefruit Holiday Crush with Snow

Source: Cathy Walthers

About the drink: Keep your head during the holiday season by sipping a drink laced with rosemary, a member of the mint family that’s said to improve memory. This is a celebratory drink with holiday hues, flashing red pomegranates, evergreen rosemary branches, and a glass rimmed in snow (coconut, salt and sugar). It can easily be made ahead of time for a crowd.

“Snow” for garnishing rim:

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar


1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces Pom pomegranate juice
2 small sprigs rosemary (one for garnish)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup*
1 1/2 ounces vodka or tequila

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Combine the coconut, salt and sugar in a shallow, wide bowl. Wet the rim of a martini or rocks glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the snow mixture.

In a cocktail shaker, add the grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, lime juice, one rosemary sprig, simple syrup and vodka. Fill halfway with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into the rimmed glass, filled with a few ice cubes. Garnish with the other rosemary sprig and a few pomegranate seeds, if available.

*Simple Syrup:  Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Store in a Mason jar.

Pear Bubbly

Bar: Rockfish

Source: Adam Rebello

About the drink: Crisp and refreshing, a true holiday crowd pleaser!

2 ounces Grey Goose Pear Vodka
splash of St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
splash of simple syrup
sparkling wine, to taste

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker and pour into a martini glass. Top with sparkling wine.

Fireball Winter Warmer

Bar: Rockfish

Source: Gavin Smith

About the drink: Beer cocktails are an up and coming culinary trend!

2 ounces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
Allagash White Beer, to serve
Guinness Beer, to serve

Pour the Fireball into a pint glass. Fill the glass halfway with the Allagash White beer and then gently fill the rest of the glass with the Guinness. (If poured correctly, this will create a Black and Tan effect.)

Citrus Hibiscus Fizz

About the drink: A light cocktail with citrus and floral notes of orange blossom liqueur.

2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce Pavan liqueur (orange blossom liqueur)
1 ounces Prosecco
1 tablespoon hibiscus syrup

Stir all ingredients together except the prosecco, and pour into a champagne glass. Top with Prosecco and serve.

Midnight Kiss

Bar: Henry’s Hotel Bar at the Harbor View Hotel

Source: Greg Fournier & David A. Martinello

About the drink: Slightly sweet, this drink is the perfect way to ring in the new year!

¾ ounce homemade pomegranate grenadine (Classically, grenadine is simply pomegranate juice mixed with sugar and boiled until it becomes a syrup)
5 ¼ ounces of Prosecco
orange twist

Pour the grenadine into the bottom of a sparkling wine glass and top with prosecco and an orange twist.

Wok of Shame

Bar: Copper Wok

Source: JB Blau

About the drink: An individual sake scorpion bowl, for those that don’t want to share!

Chilled sake
pineapple juice
cranberry juice
orange juice
splash of cream of coconut

Mix together the sake and juices, along with cream of coconut. Serve over ice with an orange wedge and cherry. Measurements are up to you: depending on your preference, just add a splash of this and a dash of that!