New Year’s Eve: 15 Festive Appetizers and Party Drinks

New Year’s Eve: 15 Festive Appetizers and Party Drinks

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Ring in the New Year with some memorable hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. After all, it’s your last chance to indulge before the resolutions start. Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing a dish to one, these festive and easy recipes have you covered.

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This creamy, spicy dip has all the flavor of Buffalo wings, minus the mess. Plus, it’s made with a shredded rotisserie chicken, so it’s quick and easy. GET THE RECIPE

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Every party needs a signature cocktail and this seasonal twist on a traditional margarita is perfect for the holidays. Use a good quality 100% agave tequila — it’ll taste better, and you’ll be glad for it the next day. GET THE RECIPE

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Coconut Shrimp makes fabulous finger food for a party. Feel free to fry the shrimp a few hours ahead of time and reheat in the oven before serving. GET THE RECIPE

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Half dessert/half cocktail, a mudslide is the perfect adult treat to cap off the night — and the year. You only need three ingredients to make them: Kahlua, vodka, and Baileys. GET THE RECIPE

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These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs and chili flakes are wonderful with wine and cocktails. GET THE RECIPE

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Thanks to store bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make — and it comes with a “most popular person at the party” guarantee. GET THE RECIPE

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Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version — made with fresh jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese — is rich, creamy, and downright delicious. GET THE RECIPE

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My husband calls these candied pecans “crack nuts” because it’s impossible to eat just one. The best part? You only need four simple ingredients to make them — and if you start right now, you’ll be done in 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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If you’re ringing in the New Year someplace sunny, mojitos are a must. Minty, fizzy, tart, and sweet — the mojito is the perfect cool cocktail for a warm night. GET THE RECIPE

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Retro they may be, but Swedish Meatballs make perfect party fare. GET THE RECIPE

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Leave it to Nigella. I used to like my popcorn with just butter and salt but now that I’ve had her Party Popcorn, I don’t want it any other way. Slightly sweet, salty, and seasoned with an exotic blend of spices, this stuff is downright habit-forming. GET THE RECIPE

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This warm cocktail combines spiked apple cider with hot buttered rum and warm spices. It’s the ideal drink for a crowd because it simmers on the stove in a big pot for everyone to help themselves (making your house smell amazing) and you can make it ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

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Leave the sour cream and mayonnaise behind: this Artichoke and Spinach dip is thickened with a Mornay sauce — a Béchamel sauce with the addition of grated cheese. It bakes up creamy, cheesy and rich, and is delicious spooned over a sliced baguette. GET THE RECIPE

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Transform an ordinary block of feta into an addictive and flavorful spread with burst cherry tomatoes, capers, and a flash under the broiler. GET THE RECIPE

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This beautiful, bold sangria is made from red wine, pomegranate juice, brandy, orange liqueur, and fruit. Go ahead and make it ahead of time — it’s best when the fruit has a chance to steep in the punch overnight. Happy New Year! GET THE RECIPE

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