Whether you're hosting a New Year's gathering or relaxing in front of a fire, these libations are sure to raise your spirits.

By Annie S. Butterworth
November 13, 2007
Howard L. Puckett

Tara's Killer Bloody Mary
Try this recipe for a classic Bloody Mary. Instead of the standard celery stick garnish, opt for pepperoncini to add spice to your midday pick-me-up.

Key Lime Pie Martini
Forget dessert. This unusual version of Florida's favorite dessert satisfies your guests' cravings for something sweet. Line the rim of your favorite martini glass with honey and graham cracker crumbs before mixing up this very coastal cooler.

Spicy Rum Punch
Large crowds will love this zesty punch. Ginger beer offsets the sweet taste of rum, making an impeccably balanced concoction.

Cran-Raspberry Spritzer
For a light party beverage to ring in the New Year, this fruity drink does the trick. Presentation is festive in a tall Champagne glass garnished with fresh raspberries. Cheers!

Creamy Winter Nog
It just wouldn't be the holidays without eggnog, but buck tradition and keep it simple. Leave out the raw eggs and combine vanilla ice cream, brandy, and coffee liqueur to enjoy a new take on an old favorite.

Bitter End Yacht Club Planter's Punch
Ignoring the traditional rule used in Caribbean punch ("one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak"), this drink serves it all up with a twist, combining two types of rum with lime juice and orange juice. Serve in individual glasses, or increase the recipe and fill a large punch bowl.