When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
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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.
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Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
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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).
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Eric Appelby, the head bartender at San Francisco restaurant-bar Tres (formerly Tres Agaves), believes tequila is the liquor of choice, and he’s always looking for a way to slip it into a drink. Here, he’s altered the classic French 75 by replacing the gin with tequila—some would call that blasphemous, but we just consider it tasty and far less fussy.
Agave nectar is available at well-stocked grocery stores. It’s also known as agave syrup. If you can’t find agave nectar, just substitute Rich Simple Syrup or a few teaspoons of granulated sugar.
This recipe was featured as part of both our Bring Happy Hour Home story and our Cinco de Mayo cocktail menu.