It’s always nice to be able to celebrate with your friends. This year has been full of ups and downs for us all, but spending the New Year with your family and friends in a social environment is often a way to let go of the past and open yourself up to new and exciting opportunities ahead of you.

 

But some people may not want to be drinking on New Year’s Eve for a variety of reasons; they might be dieting, or they may be in recovery, or they could be the designated driver. Whatever their reason, you should always offer them some great alternatives to alcoholic drinks. The following drink recipe is great with liquor or without! So you can make this cocktail, sans-liquor for them and they can still feel like they’re part of the party! Don’t forget to get the non-alcoholic sparkling cider for your midnight toast!

Remember, if you drink, always be responsible and have a safe and Happy New Year!    

Watermelon Fizz

Ingredients
5 cups watermelon, seedless, diced
6 ounces gin, divided
8 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
1 whole lime, wedges for garnish

Preparation (Prep time: 10 mins)
1. Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain; divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.

2. Top each with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges.

* Non-alcoholic variation:    Omit the gin.