No matter where in the world you are come midnight on December 31st, plenty among us will be raising a glass of something delicious and toasting to the year ahead. And while Champagne might be the traditional celebratory drink for many—and certainly will feature prominently in plenty festivities—it’s not the only drink worthy of the holiday.
No one knows this better than the folks at Wine Enthusiast, who, it turns out, are enthusiastic about more than just wine. From olive brine-splashed dirty gin martinis to the herbaceous digestif Fernet-Branca, it’s looking like Wine Enthusiast staffers plan to clean out their liquor cabinets this New Year’s. Don’t worry, bubbly lovers—there will still be plenty of notable sparklers in the mix, too.
Still figuring out what you’ll be drinking? Find inspiration below as the Wine Enthusiast team shares what they’ll be cheers-ing with at twelve o’clock.
“I’m going to find a bottle of my favorite Champagne: KRUG! It’s rich, generous and takes your palate on a beautiful journey—just like how I want my 2023 to be.” —Anna-Christina Cabrales, Tasting Director
“I want 2023 to be all about balance and exploration. So, I plan on bringing in the New Year with Curious Elixirs, which are booze free, and this unfiltered cider option from Angry Orchard. There are several Curious Elixirs options. Each one is infused with various herbs, botanicals and fruits like pomegranate and rhodiola, for instance. And while they are excellent on their own, they mix well into nonalcoholic (NA) cocktails as well. I try to keep them on hand all year. I also plan on making 2023 a year I explore as many ciders as I can. This bottling is a nod to traditional American cider. And its crisp profile means it will lend itself well to the wide array of food that will be around.” —Kristen Richard, Digital Editor