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As we say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, you’re probably thinking about a toast to ring in the New Year — and what should fill your glass at the start of 2021.
Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends or family, or ending this unusual holiday season on your own, a toast is definitely necessary. Try one of these nine beverages — spirits, champagnes and non-alcoholic drinks — for a special start to the next year. Cheers!
For drinking neat
Give 2020 the boot in a refined, sophisticated manner with a glass of Macallan’s single-malt scotch, aged for 12 years in oak casks. It’s a smooth and creamy sipping whisky, with notes of vanilla, honey and spice.
This beverage from Tequila Herradura is aged for 11 months in American oak barrels, giving it a unique flavor imbued with vanilla and spices. Sip if you’re thinking about a beach vacation in the future.
Do you need vodka that comes in a golden tiger striped bottle? Maybe not. But it’s been a long year — it’s OK to have some fun. This French spirit starts off spicy and ends with a mild, smooth finish.
All the fun (and none of the alcohol)
Though this citrusy sparkling water is great as a base for cocktails, it can also work on its own as a mocktail.
This non-alcoholic wine has the full-bodied richness and complexity of a traditional chardonnay, with hints of apple and pear.
Martinelli’s sparkling cider has been a classic for decades, and for good reason: The sparkling cider has a crisp, fresh apple flavor, perfect for a midnight toast.
Champagnes to toast 2021
Taittinger is a classic French champagne, and this one — which has hints of apple blossom, raspberry and smoke — will fill any flute elegantly.
Looking for a pink bubbly? Try this Brut, which blends Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for a refreshing, fruity champagne that’s a bit different from the typical Veuve or Dom Perignon.
But if you do want that classic bottle of Dom Perignon, go for this vintage — according to wine experts, 2008 was a particularly fruitful year for Dom. A glass of this would be a truly special way to start 2021.