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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The Monkey Gland is a gin-based cocktail blended with orange juice and enlivened by grenadine and Pernod. Few classic cocktails of such appealing character have such odious names. Harry MacElhone, owner of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, is credited with mixing the first Monkey Gland in the 1920s. The sonorous sobriquet was inspired by the work of Serge Voronoff, a Russian who experimented with the sexual organs of monkeys for rejuvenation. The verdict is not in on the procedures with the naughty bits of monkeys, but the bygone fashionable drink is a reliable rejuvenator.
Order a Monkey Gland by its ingredients rather than its name. Older bartenders may have a flash of recognition, but younger ones will be clueless. Tell them it’s something you’ve been monkeying around with.
The original recipe for the Monkey Gland called for anisette, but both Pernod and Bénédictine have become common substitutions.
This recipe was featured as part of our New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party.