When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
1 of 5
Next: What Is New Year's Eve?
What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
2 of 5
Next: How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with a party that culminates in a countdown. Many people drink champagne, dance, enjoy music, and light fireworks. Various "good luck foods" like black-eyed peas and grapes are also served to ring in the new year. In the U.S., the old Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung as partygoers exchange hugs and kisses at midnight.
3 of 5
Next: Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
4 of 5
Next: Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Dec. 31 is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It precedes Jan. 1, the first day of a new year (New Year's Day).
5 of 5
Next: When Is New Year's Eve?
The Martinez is a strong but balanced drink—we recommend it for Negroni or Manhattan Drink fans. This recipe, from Jonny Raglin of Comstock Saloon in San Francisco, stirs together two parts Old Tom Gin with one part sweet vermouth, a few dashes of orange bitters, and some maraschino liqueur, then serves it up. When this drink originated in the 19th century, Old Tom Gin was usually made by taking a subpar gin and adding sugar to make it more palatable, says Raglin. In modern times the gin fell out of existence, but nowadays, quality Old Tom Gin is back on the market and artfully distilled to taste delicious.
What to buy: Old Tom Gin has similar flowery and aromatic characteristics to London dry gin, but with a touch of sweetness added. At Comstock Saloon, Raglin makes the Martinez using the Ransom brand, whose formula was developed with the help of cocktail historian David Wondrich.
This recipe was featured as part of our story on Drinks from San Francisco’s Sleazy Past.