Plan the Best NYE 2015 with Friends

By Jackie Dreyer

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What's New Year's Eve with friends without a signature cocktail for the evening? While you're at it, up the stakes, and plan a getaway with your friends for a December 31 celebration like never before! Choose between California or New York, and let us take the reins. We'll not only tell you where you should stay, but also the native libation you need to be sipping on, all in order to plan the best NYE with friends possible in 2015.

California

Do you hear the siren sounds of a tropical drink calling your name? Good. The rumoured state cocktail of this warm, West Coast paradise is the Mai Tai: fruity and sweet, but packing a punch. Try this rum-based cocktail on for size while you and your friends

What to Buy: While there are variations on the recipe, your basics are light rum, dark rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice.

Where to Stay:

Charming Cottage Suites for Luxury Camping near Yosemite alt

Modern Cabin Rental near Pacific Coast Highway Hiking Trails alt

Upscale Cabin on Russian River Surrounded by Redwoods alt

Spacious and Luxurious Barn in Sierra Nevada Range alt

Stunning Cabin Rental With Hot Tub in Big Bear Lake alt

Upstate New York

Need an excuse to get cozy with that always-been-just-a-friend friend? Then consider us your NYE fairy godmothers. Upstate New York means chillier temps, but more reasons to cuddle close as the ball drops. Another surefire way to warm up, however, is the famed Moscow Mule, a pleasant, refreshing pop of ginger and citrus to surprise your winter tastebuds. Surprise your friends each with their own engraved copper mug—the preferred cup for serving this delightful adult beverage—if you're feeling extra giving this holiday season.

What to Buy: Vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.

Where to Stay:

Deluxe Cottage with Private Outdoor Pool and Jacuzzi in Woodstock alt

Waterfront Cabin with Vintage Airstream Guest Hous alt

Unique Lighthouse Rental on Lake Ontario near Rochester alt

Rustic Cottage Rentals near Adirondack Mountains alt

Stunning Private Island in Saranac Lake alt

Fancy a New Year's Eve escape to somewhere else? Check out our all-you-need-to-know about New Year's 2015 getaways page!