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Cocktails and mocktails for New Year's parties

BY Jacqueline Meldrum

1st Jan 2015 Drinks

Cocktails and mocktails for New Year's parties

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...



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



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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