3-2-1-Happy New Year! Yep, it's just about that time, everyone. If you go into New Year’s Eve dreading the (seemingly) inevitable shots and flutes of cheap champagne—not to mention the stumbly walk home—pull back for a sec. There’s a way to make that blurry night a little more memorable: Host a low- or no-alcohol NYE. Surprisingly, the giddiness that comes from dressing up won’t diminish without a cocktail; your party hat will be just as jaunty without a round of shots. We’ve got 7 tips for how to do New Year’s with little or no alcohol. Turns out, you don’t need to be sloshed to have a kick-ass New Year’s Eve.
1. Snack better-for-you.
2. Get active.
3. Serve mocktails or low-ABV drinks.
It doesn’t have to be shaken-not-stirred to be swanky. Explore no- and lower-alcohol drinks that taste great but won’t make the room start to spin after an hour. Try different flavors of drinking vinegar (available at grocery stores or DIY), or drip a few drops of cocktail bitters into club soda. If you can’t bear to give up the flavor of your go-to drink, just omit the hooch from classic cocktails like Bloody Marys, daiquiris, and mojitos. Turns out, herbs and citrus juice with a little fizzy water is actually pretty tasty.