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7 Spins on Cocktail Sauce for New Year’s Eve Shrimp Cocktail

Shown Above: St. Elmo’s (almost) Cocktail Sauce by The Curvy Carrot

There’s something about shrimp cocktail and New Year’s Eve parties that go hand in hand. Even when my husband and I are are just having New Year’s Eve with our family, I always like to get some shrimp for an appetizer, if nothing else. They are pretty and everyone always loves them. You can cook and peel your own shrimp, or buy them pre-cooked. I like to cook my own, because the ones in the store that are pre-cooked never seem to be seasoned enough for my tastes. I like to boil them in Old Bay, it makes them taste so good.

For the cocktail sauce, I always make a homemade version. Homemade is super simple, and so much better than any of that jarred stuff. A simple recipe I like is to use a good quality organic ketchup, some high quality jarred horseradish, a little Worcestershire and hot sauce (Louisiana brand is my preferred in cocktail sauce) and mix it together to taste. But there are also many more ways you can make some great cocktail sauce.

Impress your guests this New Year’s eve and make 2 or 3 of these different sauces to set them out with your shrimp.


  • Pomegranate Sriracha Cocktail Sauce 1 of 8
    Pomegranate Sriracha Cocktail Sauce
    I never would have thought to put Sriracha on cocktail sauce, how brilliant!
    Find this recipe at Domaestic Fits
  • Asian Shrimp Cocktail 2 of 8
    Asian Shrimp Cocktail
    This recipe has Thai sweet chili sauce, yummy!
    Find this recipe at No Recipes
  • Wasabi Cocktail Sauce 3 of 8
    Wasabi Cocktail Sauce
    This is a simple, and great tomato free cocktail sauce recipe.
    Find this recipe at Simple Gluten Free
  • St. Elmos (almost) Cocktail Sauce 4 of 8
    St. Elmos (almost) Cocktail Sauce
    This is an insanely spicy cocktail sauce that will satisfy your spicy food loving friends.
    Find this recipe at The Curvy Carrot
  • Simple Cocktail Sauce 5 of 8
    Simple Cocktail Sauce
    This recipe is so simple and delicious, anyone can make it.
    Find this recipe at A Couple Cooks
  • Jalapeño Cocktail Sauce 6 of 8
    Jalapeño Cocktail Sauce
    This cocktail sauce from Dara showcases jalapeno and sweet chili sauce.
    Find this recipe at Cookin' Canuck
  • Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce 7 of 8
    Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce
    Who wouldn't want to enjoy the flavors of a Bloody Mary with their shrimp? Yummy!
    Find this recipe at Fine Cooking
  • Easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce 8 of 8
    Easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
    This recipe is so easy, you can have it done in 9 minutes flat.
    Find this recipe here

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