While plenty of holidays bring out lively crowds, nothing tops New Year's Eve for alcohol-fueled shenanigans. And the bartenders on-duty that night see it all. We asked bartenders around the country for their favorite New Year's Eve stories; here's what they had to say.
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Fizzy mixed drinks are a great place for affordable sparkling wines: extra ingredients like citrus juice, spirits, and liqueurs can cover up almost any less-than-perfect flavors. Looking for a little mixing inspiration? Here are 16 sparkling cocktail recipes we love.
Got caught up in all those other holidays and didn't plan for New Year's Eve? No worries! You don't have to drink whatever bubbly they sell at 7-Eleven while you watch the ball drop. Here's our last minute guide to ringing in 2013 right.
You can't ring in the New Year without bubbles. (Go ahead and toast with sparkling cider or a non-alcoholic punch dosed with club soda—it's the fizz that counts.) If you're not shelling out for real Champagne, there are a dizzying array of options. Luckily the Serious Eats team has sorted out the delicious from the drainpours and now present to you our top choices in bubbly for ringing in 2011.