Michael Simon

Michael Simon at work mixing a cocktail. (Lenny Gilmore / December 5, 2012)

Waking up hungover on Jan. 1 isn't a stellar way to start the New Year, but neither is discovering that you didn't even put a dent in all that champagne you bought in a pre-party frenzy. Unless you want to be drinking bubbly with every meal from now until Valentine's Day, you need to send out some invites, pop some bottles and get down to business.

Whether you're pre-partying at your place before heading out to dinner or brunching with bubbly the next day, four local mixologists have assembled a few recipes to help you welcome 2013 in style.


Even if you've never made anything that doesn't end in "-tini," you can still mix up a few quick and easy cocktails for party guests on New Year's--and anyone that may wake up on your floor the next morning.

MIKE RYAN of Sable Kitchen and Bar recommends ...

On a Pale Horse
An apocalyptic party-starter
1 ounce London dry gin such as Beefeater or Tanqueray
1/4 ounce Luxardo  maraschino liqueur
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 bottle dry sparkling wine
Brandied cherries
Shake gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice and strain them into a champagne flute. Top it off with a dry sparkling wine and toss in a brandied cherry.

From the Ashes
To dispel the fog of excess
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce honey
1 bottle sparkling wine
3-7 dashes absinthe, depending on your taste
Pour grapefruit juice, honey and absinthe straight into a flute and fill the rest of the way with sparkling wine. Sip slowly until vigor is restored.