Toasting to the end of the year and the start of a new is what New Year’s Eve gatherings are all about! While champagne is traditional and delightful, it might not be the only beverage you and your guests want to sip in anticipation of midnight. These 5 cocktails are all delicious—some are updated versions of classic cocktails, while others are new creations, inspired by our amazing ingredients. And the fact that these drinks pair extremely well with any delicious appetizer or small bite you serve is just a bonus!    

The Perfect Dirty Martini

1. The Perfect Dirty Martini

Making the perfect martini is simple when you use our Mezzetta® Imported Spanish Queen Martini Olives, which are marinated in dry vermouth. Both the olives and the brine have a pleasant saltiness that pairs perfectly with vodka, gin and vermouth. Shaken or stirred, it’s a classic crowd pleaser. 


 A Cherry Lovers Manhattan

2. A Cherry Lovers Manhattan

Our Mezzetta® Maraschino Cherries bring extra sweetness and rich color to this classic cocktail for the bourbon lovers out there! Mix one up in a cocktail shaker, garnish with our cherries (with stems or without, we have both!) this New Year’s Eve and enjoy! 


Gibson Martini

3. Gibson Martini

The Gibson is the perfect classic cocktail to add to your repertoire.  A gin martini garnished with Mezzetta® Cocktail Onions, it became all the rage in San Francisco around the same time Daniel Mezzetta started importing our cocktail onions from Holland. Coincidence? We think not.


The Sparkling Aperontini

4. The Sparkling Aperontini

Part Aperol Spritz, part Negroni, part Martini with a bit of a Sicilian twist, we’re calling this our Sparkling Aperonitini! Made with our Mezzetta® Pitted Italian Castelvetrano Olives, this cocktail is the perfect balance of interesting, festive and fun, and great for ringing in the New Year.



5. Peperon’tini

Looking to shake things up with your next cocktail? Well, if you love our Mezzetta® Golden Greek Peperoncinis and a dirty martini, you’ll want to give our Peperon’tini a try! Delightfully spicy and perfectly balanced, your guests will fall in love with this spiced-up spin on a classic cocktail.

Notes from the author

So, let’s raise a glass to a happy and healthy new year! May it be filled making new memories with family, good friends, and good food. Speaking of good food, here some excellent appetizers to serve your guests this New Year’s Eve:



Chef Andrew