New year—or Hogmanay as we call it here in Scotland—is nearly here. Let's celebrate the old and let in the new with some superb cocktails.

Somehow during the year cocktails seem frivolous and a bit over the top, but at New Year they're just perfect. Pretty colours and frilly confections. Whether they are super sweet or quite sour, oh how delicious they are. Not everyone drinks at New Year, some of us can't and others simply don't want to. It can make New Year seem quite flat and that is where mocktails come in. All of the colour, flavour and extravagance of a cocktail, but without the alcohol.

Here are my Top 10 Cocktails and Mocktails...

 

Cocktails

Irish Cream Espresso Martini


Photo: Belleau Kitchen
 

Gin Melon Slushie


Photo: Fuss Free Flavours

 

Gin and Rhubarb Fizz


Photo: Ren Behan

 

Cucumber Caipirinha Cocktail


Photo: Veggie Desserts

 

Ginger Beer and Gin Cocktail


Photo: Greedy Gourmet

 

Prosecco, Elderflower and Mint Cocktail


Photo: Tinned Tomatoes

 

Mocktails

Asian Mango and Coconut Mocktail


Photo: Fuss Free Flavours

 

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail


Photo: Running to the Kitchen

 

Pineapple and Ginger Sparkler


Photo: Tinned Tomatoes

 

Three Merry Berries Mocktail


Photo:  Simply Food

A guid New Year to ane an' a' and mony may ye see!

Author: Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes.

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