Recipe Box: Drinks

Cocktail recipes to make now

Yesterday, we brought you five of our favorite tested-and-approved recipes from the past year. Today, a little liquid culture for end-of-the-year imbibing:

Cactus Old-Fashioned: Take a cue from the inventive bartenders at Nolita hot spot Rubirosa and stir together this smoky take on the Old-Fashioned, which employs both rye and mezcal.

Screaming Greenie: Ignore the weather, pull out your blender and give this vodka-and-absinthe-loaded slushie a spin.

The World's End: Royal Rose syrups, which come in a range of flavors–from raspberry to cardamom-clove–make all of our cocktailing easier. Try the cardamom-clove syrup in this spicy white-rum daiquiri.

Ten Winners: If you haven't started shaking and mixing your way through our 10 recipes for NYC's Best Cocktails of 2011, hop to it!

The Golden Hour: Toast the New Year with flutes of gin, Aperol and sparkling wine–made all the more special with the addition of candied kumquats.

See our best recipes of the year here and our year-end roundup of 2011's trends here.