No matter where you're celebrating New Year's Eve, a bottle of Champagne will surely be popped at the stroke of midnight. But what do you drink before (and after) your glass of bubbly?
We say bid farewell to 2012 in grand style by mixing up an elegant Martini. To help you out, we picked five of our favorite classic and original recipes for the famous tipple. (Find even more Martini variations in Liquor.com's cocktail-recipe library.) The best part is that each of these concoctions call for only a few ingredients and are a cinch to make.
So please join us in raising a glass to 2013! Happy New Year!
There are few things in this world more perfect than a classic Dry Martini. While our recipe is very traditional, calling for gin, you can certainly substitute in vodka or add a few dashes of orange bitters if you like. But if you prefer your Martini a bit more savory and briny, try our Dirty Martini recipe instead.View recipe: Dry Martini
This modern Martini, from master mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff, is sure to delight. While you might not usually think to mix gin and a bit of Scotch, the hint of smoke from the whisky nicely complement gin's botanicals.View recipe: Smoky Martini
Make this drink for people who don’t like traditional Dry Martinis. Our quaffable recipe, from New York Distilling Company master distiller and Liquor.com advisory board member Allen Katz, combines vodka, pineapple juice and tart crème de cassis. Make one and say au revoir to 2012!View recipe: French Martini
Looking for a truly luxurious New Year's Eve experience? Fix this Martini, created by top barman Toby Maloney, which calls for Don Julio’s smooth and delicious (and expensive) 1942 Tequila. The spirit works well with dry vermouth and orange bitters.View recipe: 1942 Martini
If your celebration lasts all the way to the early morning, whip up some toast and eggs for your guests and serve this aptly named drink. The secret to the tasty Hendrick's Gin-based tipple from talented bartender Charlotte Voisey is orange marmalade and fresh lemon juice. Have one and you'll be assured of a sweet and spirited 2013!View recipe: Hendrick's Breakfast Martini
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