5 Classic Cocktails For Your New Years Eve Dinner Party

It’s New Year’s eve, it’s time to party, but gone are the days when you would line up for an hour outside a club in Perth or Northbridge, only to squeeze in, line up again at a bar that is 10 people deep, and handover a $50 note, knowing you are not getting change from the two cocktails that you ordered.

So instead, this year you are hosting a dinner party. Now when it comes to New Year’s Eve, there is probably more emphasis on the ‘party’ than the ‘dinner’, so brushing up on some cocktail recipes is a good idea. Now of course you can hire someone like me to take care of the catering, and I also offer a cocktail waiter service for those really looking to impress their guests, but if you are going it alone, here are my Top 5, classic but simple, cocktails that are easy to make, scale well for those hosting numerous guests and have stood the test of time!

Classic New Years Eve Cocktail #1 – Mojito

Classic drink, perfect for those hot Perth nights. This is light, refreshing and universally liked. Here’s how to make it, but like any cocktail you can adjust quantities to suit:


  • 2 parts Bacardi Superior rum (other rum’s are available!)
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 heaped spoons of caster sugar
  • Dash of soda water
  • Cubed ice
  • Crushed ice
  • To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint

Mixing A Mojito

  1. Put the four lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice
  2. Squash the mint leaves in your hand, this releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a muddler, bar spoon (or even a rolling pin) to gently push the mint down into the lime juice
  3. Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the rum. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

Classic New Years Eve Cocktail #2 – Margarita

Ok, so adding tequila to your dinner party may prove dangerous, but if you trust your guests implicitly then the margarita is a fine choice as a fan-favourite cocktail. Here’s the details:


  • 60ml of the tequila of your choice
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish

Mixing a Margarita

Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Moisten rim of margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.

Classic New Years Eve Cocktail #3 – Pina Colada

Everyone likes Piña Colada’s and getting caught in the rain. A tropical tasting drink that perfectly suits a balmy Perth night sitting out in your alfresco dining area. This is the third classic cocktail on our list of crowd pleasers for your New Years Eve dinner party.


  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) chilled pineapple juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) Malibu coconut liqueur
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Midori liqueur
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Mixing a Pina Colada

Place pineapple juice, coconut milk, Malibu, Midori, lime juice and ice in jug of a blender and blend until combined. Serve, drink and repeat as necessary!

Classic New Years Eve Cocktail #4 – Long Island Iced Tea

For such a strong cocktail in terms of booze content, this drink is surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. Not quite as popular as our top 3, but this still belongs on any classic cocktail menu. Here’s the details:


  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) water
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) chilled vodka
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) tequila
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) white rum
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) gin
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Cointreau liqueur
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) chilled cola

How to mix a long island iced tea

    1. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes or until syrup thickens. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
    2. Divide the ice evenly among serving glasses. Pour over the vodka, tequila, rum, gin, Cointreau, sugar syrup, lemon juice and cola. Serve immediately.

Classic New Years Eve Cocktail #5 – Champagne Cocktail

It is fair to say you probably have some champagne on hand from the festive season, so why not put it to good use for our 5th and final classic cocktail. This is so easy to make and is generally a winner, especially with the female guests. Making it couldn’t be easier…


  • 1 litre frozen passion fruit sorbet
  • 750ml sparkling white wine, chilled

How to mix a champagne cocktail

  1. Place half the sorbet in a blender with half the sparkling wine. Process until well combined. Pour into 4 chilled glasses.
  2. Repeat with remaining sorbet and sparkling wine. Fill 4 more glasses. Serve.

So there you have it. 5 classic, but simple, cocktail recipes that would be perfect for your New Year’s Eve dinner party. So give it a go yourself, or take a look at our catering services and get me and my team of catering professionals to knock your guests socks off with our range of menu’s that are able to be tailored to suit your tastes and budget!