8 Best Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2013
After two weeks of travel to visit New York City, explore the Christmas markets in Vienna and Krakow, and spend time with family in Indiana and Kentucky, I’m back at my computer. 
2013 has been so amazing I can hardly put it into words. I’m sure I’ll miss some things, but here are a few highlights.
Aside from how wonderful it is to now be a California resident, I also live by the water with access to fresh seafood and salty air. Something I’ve always wanted to do.
I ran my first marathon. (And I ran it across this.)
My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage.
I landed my first magazine column. (You can find it at Hobby Farm Home.)
I’ve finally (successfully) transitioned into a full-time freelancer. Writing about food, developing recipes and taking food photos is now my job. 
I got to gaze in awe at Lake Tahoe for my 35thbirthday. 
I was able to show my family around the Bay Area on their first visit to California.
I saw New York City at Christmas time.
I explored the Christmas markets of Vienna and Krakow.
What a year! I have no idea how 2014 is going to top it, but I’m convinced that it will.
A great year deserves a special toast. So here are 8 of my favorite cocktails to help you close out 2013 and ring in the New Year. Some are here on Fake Food Free, and others are from the work I’ve done for the blog the Daily Squeeze. 
(Just click on the drink name to get to the recipe.)
Grapefruit Moon Beer Cocktail 
The Spicy Citrus
Cherry Margarita
Red Wine and Navel Orange Sangria 
Spiced Old Fashioned 
Coconut Lime Dessert Martini
Orange Bourbon Apple Cider 
Orange Cosmo on the Rocks  

What will you be toasting to on Tuesday night? Any favorite memories from 2013?
Happy New Year!!

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  • Joanne December 31, 2013 at 5:18 am

    It makes me so happy to hear about your awesome year. I hope 2014 brings even more good things to you!!

  • Kristy Gardner December 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Lori! The spiced old fashioned looks insane!! I love it 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve had such a fruitful and happy year – we should all be so lucky (and intentioned!). Here’s to 2014 – cheers to you my friend!


  • Lori December 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Joanne – Happy New Year to you! I hope 2014 is amazing!

    Kristy – That one is my favorite! I hope you have a wonderful 2014! I got your email. I will write soon!

  • TasteHongKong January 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! Congrats on your ‘new’ job, and wish more good things to come in 2014 : ).