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

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