When the ball drops on New Year's Eve, you need a drink in your hand worthy of the occasion! A good, old-fashioned glass of champagne is an excellent place to begin, but you can start the year off on an even sweeter note with one of these cocktails instead. The first sip of 2014 should be something exceptional, and these drinks won't disappoint.

Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail from Baked Bree Cherry Thyme Champagne Cocktail from Baked Bree

Pomegranate Vanilla Sangria from How Sweet It Is Pomegranate Vanilla Sangria from How Sweet It Is

Rompope (Mexican Eggnog) from Serious Eats Rompope (Mexican Eggnog) from Serious Eats

Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail from Spoon, Fork, Bacon Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail from Spoon, Fork, Bacon

Kir Royale Jelly Shot from Baker's Royale Kir Royale Jelly Shot from Baker's Royale

Spiced Pomegranate Sangria from Daydreamer Desserts Spiced Pomegranate Sangria from Daydreamer Desserts

Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch from My Recipes Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch from My Recipes

Apple Cider Sangria from How Sweet It Is Apple Cider Sangria from How Sweet It Is

Cranberry Kir Royale from My Recipes Cranberry Kir Royale from My Recipes

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria from The Kitchn Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria from The Kitchn

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