Cheers to 2012! Pop culture-inspired cocktails to ring in the new year

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As we close out this election year, some of us may have voted for the Democratic party, and some of us may have voted for the Republican party, but I think we can all support the cocktail party. Celebrate in style tonight with a host of cocktails inspired by some of 2012’s most memorable pop-culture moments. From superheroes on screen to superhumans at the London Olympics, if you like to tipple for Tatum or get snockered like Snooki, we’ve got you covered. So let’s pop the cork on EW’s full bar of cultural concoctions!

In the spirit of bipartisanship, we’ll start with a libation on which we can all agree: BLKwater. Suitable for fans of Game of Thrones and The Real Housewives alike, this twist on the L.A. Water cocktail has basically all the alcohol in it (hence the chaser of BLK water, owned by Jersey sons Alfie and Christopher Manzo). New Year’s Eve can be a battlefield, so don’t forget to hydrate!

If any one entertainer dominated 2012, it was Channing Tatum. Ten years ago, we didn’t even know he existed, but in the last 12 months, he produced and/or headlined three top 25 movies, was named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive, and announced the impending birth of his first child with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum. So raise a Magic Mike-y Goonie (a blend of vodka, raspberry liqueur, and cranberry and orange juice with a topper of champagne) in honor of Chan’s favorite film and the movie that made his year sparkle.

Another big winner of 2012: Adele. Though she purportedly spent only 10 minutes working this year, the Brit scored big with six Grammys, a potential Oscar nom, and a bouncing baby boy. Now that she’s no longer expectant, Adele can tip back a “Set Fire to the November Rain — made with either Firestarter or Rain organic vodka, of course.

Adele’s success was representative of a general uptick for her homeland this year. Fete the Brit reinvasion with a Cherries Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond anniversary on the throne, a Mumford & Sons banjo, an Irish coffee so you can stay Up All Night like One Direction, or a plain old Heineken for James Bond’s biggest cinematic opening ever this November.

Perhaps you fancy a sippable salute to the London Olympics. Might we suggest a Flying Pink Squirrel, a pink squirrel with Pop Rocks for extra air, in honor of Gabby Douglas’ all-around gold medal in women’s gymnastics; a Tom Daley-inspired July Shower, a.k.a. an April shower with 3 oz. of Brandy instead of one; or, if you really want to break records booze-wise, knock back 18 shots of Goldschläger in recognition of Michael Phelps’ 18 career golds? Go big or go home, we say.

Of course, no cheers to England would be complete without a tribute to the royal fetus. Last year, we mixed up a Kir Royal Wedding in honor of William and Kate’s nuptials. This year, you can join the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a teetotaler-approved mocktail version, made with faux champagne and non-alcoholic blackcurrant syrup.

Indeed, it’s been a big year for babymakin’ Stateside, too. Jessica Simpson is back in the nine-month club, so she’d have to stick with mocktails even if she weren’t saving up her Weight Watchers points. For those mums who are no longer under the booze ban, we have a few ideas. Beyoncé might like a Blue Hawai-Ivy, Drew Barrymore no doubt would favor anything with Three Olives vodka, while Reese Witherspoon sips on Jack Daniels Tennessee bourbon, and now that Snooki has baby Lorenzo, she probably favors Ren Ren Juice (Ron Ron Juice in a baby bottle). Time-pressed mothers Kristin Cavallari and Vanessa Lachey will appreciate the 12-second Camden cocktail. For Uma Thurman we recommend a Bloody Mary, which was proclaimed “the world’s most complicated cocktail” earlier this year.” Judging from the mouthful of a name she chose for daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, she’s in no hurry. And do you know who is celebrating the miracle of life more than anyone this year? Mandy Patinkin, who admitted he was more excited about the arrival of Claire Danes’ son than any of the shocking plot twists on Homeland. Oh, Mandy — you came and you were thrilled without takin’! We won’t send you away.

NEXT: Shaking up more of 2012’s big stories in movies, TV, music, and more…

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