Features & Fun Friday #10 ~ Top 5 New Year’s Eve Cocktails

Another month has flown by and another year is coming to a close. Ready or not, 2014…here we come!

{Top 5 Round-Up ~ New Year’s Eve Cocktails}

Whether you’re hosting or attending a New Year’s Eve party or celebrating quietly at home, I’ve rounded up some festive cocktails to help you ring in the New Year! And no worries if you require a non-spiked version…most of these drinks can be made sans alcohol and kid-friendly by subbing seltzer, sparkling apple juice, or lemon-lime soda in lieu of the champagne and/or leaving out the liqueur.

Top 5 New Year's Eve Cocktails ~ Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail, Creamsicle Mimosas, Raspberry Champagne Cocktail, Ambrosia Cocktail, Kahlua Hot Chocolate | {Five Heart Home}

1. Santa’s Cider (Pear & Sparkling Apple Cider Cocktail), photo & recipe by From Rain to Shine

2. Creamsicle Mimosas, photo & recipe by How Sweet Eats

3. Raspberry Champagne Cocktail, photo & recipe by Weekly Bite

4. Ambrosia Cocktail, photo & recipe by Your Southern Peach

5. Kahlua Hot Chocolate, photo & recipe by Damn Delicious

(Feel free to pin the round-up collage above, but to grab or pin the recipes, please be sure to click through to the original sources…thanks!)

And lest you missed it, last week I shared a tasty, beautiful Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini recipe that can easily be made as a spiked cocktail or a non-alcoholic spritzer:

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

As usual this past month, my littlest helper was ready to assist me for each food photo shoot that didn’t happen to coincide with nap time. On the day I made Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyere & Garlic, she quickly learned that thyme is not all that appetizing when still attached to the stem.

Thyme_Thief_500pxHowever, I think the herbs still got a better reception than Santa’s peace offering of a candy cane. Take note, Santa…next year, you may want to try distracting her with a sprig of parsley instead.

CandyCaneRejection_700pxDespite the cold shoulder, Santa was still kind enough to bring sweet girl her very own doll and stroller. And oddly enough, with no prior experience (aside from being a baby herself!), she knew just what to do with them!

DollStroller_500pxAnd we mustn’t forget the brothers. It appears they were more nice than naughty this past year, because Santa left a little something for them as well!

BasketballGoal_500pxAmidst all of the presents and the fun traditions, we also made sure to keep sight of the reason for the season. We continue to do so this weekend as, with grateful hearts, we reflect on our many blessings during 2013. We hope that you had a wonderful 2013 as well, and we wish you happiness, health, and all the best in 2014!

Finally, thank you so much for your support of Five Heart Home since our launch seven months ago. It means so much to have each of you stop by, and hopefully you find useful and inspiring recipes and ideas when you’re here! We have lots of great things planned for the upcoming year, so we hope you’ll check back often. We’re honored and excited to have you along for the ride! 🙂

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  1. I love these drink ideas! I am ready to ring in the New Year and celebrate!! Thanks for the round up!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re welcome, Renee! Don’t all of these drinks look fabulous? And I love that they can be adapted to be non-alcoholic as well. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. Thanks for the feature! And that thyme shot is so stinking cute!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so welcome, Chung-Ah…your hot chocolate looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. And good thing my thyme thief is cute…it prevents me from getting too mad at her when she disrupts my every photo shoot. 😉 Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating New Year’s and I wish you all the best in 2014!

      (Thanks also for pinning my bellini recipe to the BHG board…you are too kind and I really appreciate all of the repins it’s getting!) 🙂

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