New Years Eve Cocktails To Make In Your Nashville Home This Year

Dated: 12/28/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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It’s been a busy few years here at TJ Anderson Homes — lots of listings, closings, new builds and renovations, consults, even a few nuptials. (A few highlights on the TJ Anderson Homes Instagram feed.) So on New Year’s Eve in Nashville this year, we might just stay home.

That doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate — we just might prefer to mix cocktails and toast to 2019 in sweatpants, in our living rooms.

Feel like you can relate? Allow me to help you get your at-home New Year’s Eve celebration sorted, in full Nashville style. Below, a few of the New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes I’ve tracked down, from Nashville mixologists and experts, that’ll most likely be on our New Year’s celebration bar menu.

New Year's Eve cocktail recipes with a Nashville slant

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“Hard Bargain”

Bartender Matt McPeak of Germantown restaurant Geist shared a few New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes with NewsChannel 5, including this one, which includes rye whiskey, apricot syrup, coffee liqueur and more. Head to the NewsChannel 5 website for the full recipe. (Photo: Geist Nashville on Facebook.)

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“Pecan Old Fashioned”

The spirits experts behind the annual Nashville Cocktail Festival shared a full Holiday Cocktail Guide, and while they’re not explicitly New Year’s Eve-angled, the recipes are perfect for winter celebrations. As a whiskey fan — and someone who loves a twist on the Old Fashioned — this one caught my eye in particular. Head to the Nashville Cocktail Festival website to download the full guide (which includes two other recipes). (Photo:

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“Porter Cup”

Have to double up a little on the Nashville Cocktail Festival folks — they know what they’re doing, after all. And they’ve been steadily sharing winter cocktail recipes on their Facebook page. Including this one, which offers winter spice, richness and a little freshness to balance things out and nod toward a new year. Head to the Nashville Cocktail Festival Facebook page for the full recipe (and the origin of this photo). 

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“Once Around the Track”

Esquire called this a fall cocktail, but after eating nothing but cookies for the better part of the week, all the freshness involved — carrot juice, lemon juice, ginger, a little parsley, plus Scotch — makes this Once Around the Track, from Jon Howard of Nashville’s Henley, feel like a perfect post-Christmas, New Year-welcoming drink. Check out the full recipe at Esquire’s website. (Photo: @henleynashville on Instagram.)

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“Apple Cider Hot Toddy”

Also often called a fall drink. But I have to re-slot the Hot Toddy in Nashville, since it doesn’t really get appropriately cold here until full-on winter (and even then, usually not for very long). So I consider rolling into January/February a perfect time for warming up some apple cider and whiskey, and East Nashville’s Sinkers Wine  Spirits has an easy Hot Toddy recipe on their website. (Photo: Sinkers Beverages on Facebook.)

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If you’re into the idea of having craft cocktails at home, but don’t feel terribly confident about your bartending skills, Nashville-bred company WithCo will be a good friend — they make batched cocktail mixes, with high-quality ingredients, so all you have to do is pour some of their stuff, add spirits, and stir. Perfect for winter/New Year’s celebrations: WithCo’s Sweaterweather, made with apple and lemon juice, cinnamon/clove/cardamom/allspice for sweater-y vibes, cayenne for a little kick and more, easy to pair with whiskey, scotch or rum. They were sold out of Sweaterweather bottles on the WithCo website as this post was going live, but shops all across Nashville carry WithCo bottles (including Woodland Wine Merchant in East Nashville and Oak Nashville in West Nashville), so you might call around and find what you need. Head to the WithCo site for a full list of Tennessee shop partners. (Photo: @withcococktails on Instagram.)

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“Blue Sparkler”

If you must have something that bubbles, Nashville-bred Pickers Vodka has a sparkling wine cocktail recipe that offers a little extra punch. Their blueberry vodka, some simple, lemon juice and sparkling of your choice, and you’re ready to “Cheers.” Head to the Pickers Vodka website for the full recipe. (Photo:

Hope one (or a few) of these make their way onto your Nashville New Year’s Eve party menu.

Not looking for cocktail help, but in the market for some Nashville real estate assistance? I’m always here to guide you. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here, and tell me about your Nashville-area homebuying/homeselling plans.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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