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    Published: December 28, 2015

    5 Tasty Drinks for New Year’s Eve

    What New Year’s Eve party is complete without a selection of drinks? Here’s five beverages your guests will remember long into the New Year.

    You’ll note we recommend ice made from filtered water. As ice melts, the taste of the water permeates drinks. If you use tap water, unpleasant tastes can creep into your beverage. By using filtered water, you keep your drinks cold and tasty.

    Non-Alcoholic Punch

    For younger party goers and those avoiding alcohol this New Year’s Eve, try out this tasty non-alcoholic punch.

    Ingredients

    • 3½ liters ginger ale
    • 2 quarts orange juice
    • 2 oranges, sliced into rounds
    • 20 maraschino cherries
    • Ice made from filtered water

    Instructions

    Mix ginger ale and orange juice in a large punch bowl. Add ice. Float orange slices and cherries on top.

    CTP Punch

    CTP stands for cranberry, tangerine, and pomegranate, three seasonal flavors that combine into a taste explosion. You’ll need the following ingredients to make this refreshing beverage:

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups pomegranate juice (about 5 pomegranates if you opt for freshly squeezed juice)
    • 3 cups tangerine juice (about 7 tangerines)
    • 5 cups cranberry cocktail
    • 2 (750-ml) bottles sparkling wine/champagne
    • Ice made from filtered water
    • Cranberries, to garnish
    • Mint leaves, to garnish

    Instructions

    Mix all three fruit juices together. Fill glasses with ice, adding ½ cup fruit juice to each glass. Top with sparkling wine. Skewer cranberries and mint on swizzle sticks for garnish.

    Eggnog Coffee Punch

    If your party has an outside venue, it can get a little chilly as you wait to welcome the New Year. Sipping these non-alcoholic hot punches around a fire pit helps keep guests warm. For an alcoholic version, add your favorite coffee liqueur.

    Ingredients

    • 1½ cups coffee ice cream
    • 1½ cups eggnog
    • 1 cup hot, strongly brewed coffee made with filtered water
    • 4 TB whipped cream
    • 4 pinches ground nutmeg

    Instructions

    Melt ice cream over low heat. Stir in eggnog and coffee and heat for 3 minutes or until warm. Pour into four glasses or mugs, topping each with 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Sprinkle nutmeg on top of whipped cream.

    Pomegranate Martini

    This classy take on the venerable martini makes six drinks.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups vodka
    • 1 cup Cointreau/other orange liqueur
    • 1 cup pomegranate juice
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Filtered water
    • Gold granulated sugar
    • ⅛ cup pomegranate seeds
    • Lemon peel twists
    • Rosemary sprigs

    Instructions

    Combine the first four ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate. Dip the rims of your glasses in a shallow bowl containing ¼ inch of freshly filtered water then roll the damp rims in the gold sugar.

    Fill the glasses with the pomegranate mixture, adding a tablespoon of the pomegranate seeds, the lemon twists, and rosemary sprigs for garnish. If desired, serve over ice.

    Fruit Infusions

    Staying hydrated is important during any time of the year, and if you’re indulging in an alcoholic beverage or two, proper hydration helps you avoid starting the New Year with a hangover. Keep some pitchers of fruit infused filtered water on-hand for your guests, infused with tangerines and other seasonal fruit.

    From all of us at Pelican Water, have a happy, hydrated New Year!