Dine with Diana: New Year’s Eve Cocktails in Batches

Last time you heard from me was just before Christmas and I was living it up with Peppermint Martinis. Now, here I am just weeks later with more cocktails up my sleeve. Honestly, it’s not my fault though.  It’s just that time of year. Really, I swear.

I thought it would be helpful to give you some cocktail recipes you can make in batches before your guests arrive for that super fab New Year’s Eve bash your hosting. Why play bartender all night, when you can enjoy your own party instead?

Below, are my two favorite recipes for batch cocktails. I’ve done this many times and it works like a charm.

How to Make Batch Cocktails Special:

  • Set out a fun drinks display table with all the cocktail glasses pre-garnished so all the guest has to do is pour the drink in the glass, and off they go.
  • Don’t go for a standard punch bowl unless you happen to have something super fun/modern. I like to use large cocktail mixing pitchers.
  • Search online for “drink dispenser” and there is one for every style and budget, making it even easier to enjoy your party.


*Thanks to FoodNetwork.comRecipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse


  • 1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 bottles chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Orange or lemon slices
  • Fresh strawberries, optional


  1. Combine the lemon juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, cognac, and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the Champagne and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  4. Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher.
  5. Garnish with orange or lemon slices and fresh strawberries, if desired. Serve in Champagne flutes, wine glasses, or punch cups.



  • 2 cups brandy
  • 1 cup rum
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 qt. ginger ale


  1. Pour ingredients into the punch bowl and mix.
  2. Add the ginger ale in last to keep the fizz fresh.
  3. Also add the ice just before the guests arrive so that the punch doesn’t get watered down
  4. Garnish the edge of each old fashion glasses with lemon twists and candied ginger

Cheers! Happy holidays!

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