Just like every year, 2015 flew by. One day you’re waking up regretting how much you drank for New Year’s Eve, promising to keep this year’s resolutions, the next thing you know the semester is done and it’s the middle of summer, and before you can even blink, it’s December again with the New Year about to be rung in.
We’re sure between it all it’s been a year full of ups and downs for everyone. Can you even remember all that happened? Here’s a list of some of what went down to help you remember and drink to celebrate or mourn it.
What better way to start the new year than to drink off the good and the bad of the last? And when midnight strikes, be ready to cheers for all that 2016 has to bring.
57th Grammys Awards – Red Wine
This year Sam Smith was one of over 30 winners to take home the most prestigious music award in February. He was the big winner this year, taking home four awards including Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Song of the Year with his song Stay with Me.
One of many things you might not know about him is that his favorite drink is French Red Wine. Feel free to grab a glass and cheers to Sam’s success.
49th Super Bowl – Beer Margaritas
This year, the New England Patriots had a close win against the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24. Celebrate or mourn the game winning interception with a beer margarita.
Everyone knows that beer is the classic football drink. But this recipe takes it up to the next level, not having the bright margarita color or overpowering beer taste.
Zayne Leaving One Direction – Rum and Coke
This March, after five years of singing in the British Boy Band, Zayne Malik decided to leave the group. This left Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louie Tomlinson, and Liam Payne remaining to continue stealing the hearts of girls world wide.
To honor Zayne’s departure, try this boozy mix using Zayne’s favorite soda or as they say in Britain, “fizzy drink.” Or you can find out which food represents each band member here.
Donald Trump – Bellini
This year Donald Trump entered the race for the 2016 Presidential Elections. Celebrate this up or down with this mixed drink of three parts champagne and one part peach juice. The vibrant yellow color will almost match Trump’s notorious hair.
Princess Charlotte – Hard Cider
Although there is a lot that is special about Britain in the culinary world, hard cider in particular is one of their top drinks. Find out the best of the best hard ciders according to college kids here.
Celebrate Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William having their second child this May, daughter Princess Charlotte, with a nice, big class. Charlotte is the only daughter of the royal couple and sister to Prince George, who is now two.
Same Sex Marriage – Rainbow Jello Shots
This June same-sex marriage was made legal nationwide and the White House in Washington D.C. lit up in a rainbow of colors.
Celebrate this monumental change with jello shots, each a different color of the rainbow. Even Whole Foods is now selling them if looking for more fun flavors without having to make them yourself.
US Women’s Soccer – Any America-Themed Drink
This past July, the US Women’s Soccer team beat Japan in the FIFA World Cup 5-2 in Canada. Hurrah to this victory with any of these America-themed drinks found here.
Music Comebacks – Beer
Justin Bieber and Adele both released new albums this year that have risen to the tops of the music charts. Whether you are dancing to them at a party or having them play in the background while you play games, beer is a classic choice to celebrate their success.
Or if just listening to them in your dorm room and planning for your next party here are the top snack and alcohol pairings for some ideas.
Star Wars Release – Jedi Cocktails
Making over 40 million dollars so far this December, the release of Episode Seven: The Force Awakens has America all excited. Paired with these Star Wars inspired snacks, celebrate the release with a storm trooper cocktail. Just mix one part coconut rum, one part vodka, and three parts milk for a smooth white color.
We hope 2015 did you well and may the force be with you in 2016.