• There are tons of amazing and unusual cocktails that most people don't know.
  • Instead of once again going for the eggnog this holiday season, try one of the fun, relatively unknown mixed drinks we selected.

It's the holiday season. You're at a party. And you go for the eggnog. Again.

A classic is always a solid choice, but variety is the spice of life. Sometimes, it's fun to go for a bolder, lesser-known drink. Plus, we're coming up on 2018, and you might as well start off the year trying something new.

Business Insider put together a list of outstanding but relatively unknown mixed drinks that you should try at your New Year's Party.

We pulled most of the recipes from Liquor.com and Serious Eats. The cocktails using Cointreau were created by the Cointreau team.

Apple Rickey


- 2 oz. Cointreau- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice- 3 slices of a tart apple- 7 leaves of fresh rosemary- 4 oz. club soda or seltzer

Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré comes from 1930s New Orleans. There's a lot going on, but it's an incredible cocktail when mixed by a pro.

To make the drink, put all the ingredients into a rocks glass, add ice, and stir.


- 3/4 oz. whiskey- 3/4 oz. cognac- 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth- 1 tsp Bénédictine- 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters- 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Hanky Panky



The Americano, created in the 1860s, was originally called the Milano-Torino. But it became popular during Prohibition, and so was renamed the Americano.

Add the Campari and vermouth into a rocks glass with ice. Top it off with club soda, and add the garnish on top.


- 1 1/2 oz. Campari- 1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth- club soda- 1 orange twist as garnish

Blood and Sand

Cointreau Mulled Cider

To make this cocktail, boil the cider and fresh ingredients. Then cover and remove from the heat. Pour the Cointreau in and steep for 20 minutes. Add a cinnamon stick and apple slice as garnish.

The recipe below serves six, making this a perfect choice for a cozy soirée.


- 12 oz. Cointreau- 6 oz. fresh lime juice- 32 oz. cider- 3 cinnamon sticks- 2 whole star anises- 2 whole cloves- 2 oranges (thinly sliced)- 1 apple (thinly sliced)


ingredients represent jewels

Cointreau Cranberry


Corpse Reviver No. 2

heyday of gin cocktails.


This is the only blue alcoholic drink you should ever drink. Period.

Winter White Lady


- 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau- 1 1/2 oz gin- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice- 9 drops Aromatic bitters- 1 egg white

Old Pal

toned down


- 1 1/2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey- 3/4 oz. dry vermouth- 3/4 oz. Campari- 1 lemon twist as garnish

The Martinez

came before

Ramos Gin Fizz

originally demanded

Clover Club

This pre-Prohibition era drink originally created


- 2 oz. gin- 1 egg white- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice- 1/2 oz. raspberry syrup- 1-3 raspberries for garnish

The Suffering Bastard

The Suffering Bastard was originally created as a hangover cure. We're willing to bet, however, it's more likely to give you a hangover than cure you of one.

Pour all the ingredients into a glass filled with ice, and splash more ginger ale on top. Garnish with an orange slice or a sprig of mint.


- 1 oz. bourbon- 1 oz. gin- 1 oz. fresh lime juice- 1 dash Angostura bitters- 4 oz. chilled ginger ale- 1 orange slice or sprig of mint