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December 22, 2011

Cocktails for 2012

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Ring in the New Year with these holiday drink recipes from top mixologists.

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, most people have (almost) had their fill of traditional holiday libations. Spiked cider and buttered rum, which were met with such excitement in early December, have worn out their welcome by Boxing Day. New Year’s Eve festivities call for something different and more glamorous. Champagne never goes out of style, but in the spirit of meeting a new year with a sense of adventure, we asked nine cocktail aficionados from all over the U.S. to tell us what they’ll be toasting with at midnight. From Coppa in Boston, there’s a fresh twist on a Long Island Iced Tea; from Las Perlas in Los Angeles, a cocktail starring mezcal (an agave liquor) and gingersnap liqueur; from Maine, a cranberry-vanilla combination to make you pucker with delight. Herewith, their imaginative—and delicious—cocktail recipes to shake up your New Year’s Eve.