Winter Cocktail Recipes To Try At Home

As it starts to get colder, the best way to stay warm indoors is with a delicious drink. Whether you like yours with bourbon, rum, tequila — or even with candy canes as a garnish — these cocktails are guaranteed to keep you toasty this winter. Here’s a selection of our favorite cold weather libations.

6 star anise pods

24 cranberries

6 oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka

8 oz. Shaker & Spoon sweater weather shrub (Spiced Vanilla Cran-Apple Shrub)

8 oz. cranberry juice

10 dashes Angostura orange bitters

8 oz. dry sparkling wine

Method:

1. In advance, create 4–6 seasonal ice cubes by filling each large- format ice mold with 1 star anise pod, about 4 cranberries, and filtered water, and then freezing.

2. Add all the liquid ingredients to a small punch bowl or pitcher (slowly pouring the sparkling wine in last, to preserve the bubbles).

3. Add the seasonal ice cubes and stir a few times to chill.

4. Serve the punch into separate glasses, with one cube per glass.

1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. Punt e Mes

1/2 oz. honey syrup

12 eggs

1 1/3 cups superfine sugar and 3 tablespoons on the side

1 pint heavy cream

1 quart whole milk

1 750ml bottle of Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça

1 tbsp real vanilla extract

Method: Separate the egg whites from the yolks into separate large bowls. Slowly add the sugar in a fine stream to the egg yolks while whisking vigorously until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Then slowly whisk in the heavy cream, whole milk, and vanilla extract to the yolk-sugar mixture. In the other bowl, add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form and the egg whites take up about five times their original volume.

Fold the beaten egg whites into the yolk and cream mixture.

Pour the entire mixture into a large jug using a funnel, then pour in a bottle of Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça. Screw the cap onto the jug and give it a hearty shake to combine. Refrigerate and serve with a fine dusting of freshly grated nutmeg on top.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml spiced rum
  • 1.5 tsp of pear puree
  • 150ml of Rekorderlig Spiced Apple Cider
  • Dash of bitters
  • 1 egg white

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients except the cider together. Gently heat the cider and pour into the mixed ingredients. Gently stir and pour into an insulated glass. Garnish with a slice of pear.

Ingredients:

  • Brugal Rum
  • House Cider
  • Fall Spices

Method:

Combine all ingredients, stir, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

2 oz. Fernet-Branca

1 Lime

1 oz. House Ginger Beer

1 oz. Armagnac

1 oz. Maurin Quina

3/4 oz. Plum Manzanilla Sherry

1 bar spoon Benedictine

1 dash Saline

3 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters

Method: Stir and strain into a Nick & Nora glass, then garnish with a dried & lightly salted Japanese plum.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ oz Tequila Mi CAMPO Reposado
  • 1 oz Cocoa Liqueur
  • 1 oz Coconut Liqueur

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure and pour ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir gently. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a speared piece of amaranth.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
  • 1 oz aged rum
  • ¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ oz Spiced Honey Syrup, warm (See instructions)
  • ½ oz egg white
  • Freshly grated cinnamon for garnish
  • SPICED HONEY SYRUP
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Peel from half of orange
  • 6 cloves
  • Notice: The consumption of raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all ingredients except cinnamon to a cocktail tin and shake until you feel the mixture foaming. Add ice to the tin and shake hard for 10–15 seconds. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve.
  • SPICED HONEY SYRUP
  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until warm and fragrant. (Avoid overcooking, as the syrup should not reduce and thicken.) Remove from heat; strain and discard solids. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. However, it should be gently rewarmed to create the cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts Ruffino Moscato d’Asti
  • 1½ parts pomegranate juice
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 1 part soda water
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Rosemary sprig

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour ingredients into a rocks glass with ice. Lightly stir. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts SVEDKA Cucumber Lime
  • 2 parts Bloody Mary Mix*
  • 1 part Pickle Brine
  • 1/4 part fresh lime juice
  • *2 quarts tomato juice, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Build ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice, and “roll” from one glass to another, until cold and mixed. Garnish with a pickle, olive and cocktail onion.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
  • 0.5 oz ancho chili liqueur
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 drops molé bitters
  • Orange peel

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients, except orange peel, into mixing glass and stir.
Strain into glass over ice.
Squeeze orange peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.

6 parts D’USSÉ® VSOP Cognac

4 parts Licor 43®

1½ parts white crème de cacao

3 parts cinnamon cayenne syrup

6 parts heavy cream

3 egg yolks

SERVE: Combine egg yolks, cream and syrup in milk jug. Steam until warm. Add liquor and continue to steam until hot, but not boiling. Drink should reach a custard-like consistency.

GARNISH: Grated nutmeg

Cinnamon-cayenne syrup: Combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar and bring to a boil. Add 8 cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator for 14 days.

Ingredients

2 oz Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
4 oz hot coffee
.75 oz simple syrup
2–3 oz heavy cream

Directions

In a shaker or jar, shake or whip heavy cream until slightly thickened (not completely stiff)
In a mug, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, hot coffee, and simple syrup
Stir
Carefully layer on top the thickened heavy cream until it covers the drink
Optional grating of nutmeg on top

3 oz. Chandon California

1 oz. elderflower liqueur

Garnish: Orange twist

Glass: Coupe glass

Method: Add elderflower liqueur to the glassware and slowly pour in Chandon at an angle. Garnish with an orange twist.

3 oz. Chandon California

1 oz. Italian aperitif bitter

1 oz. Italian Sweet Vermouth

Garnish: Orange slice

Glass: Coupe glass

Method: Shake all ingredients in a shaker tin except for Chandon. Strain into glassware and top with Chandon. Garnish with orange slice.

3 oz. Chandon California

1 oz. Belvedere Vodka

0.5 oz. lime juice

0.5 oz. triple sec

0.75 oz. cranberry juice

Garnish: Lemon wheel

Glass: Wine glass

Method: Shake all ingredients except Chandon in a shaker tin. Strain into glassware and top with Chandon. Garnish with lemon wheel.

3 oz. Chandon California

1 oz. Belvedere Vodka

0.75 oz. lemon juice

0.5 oz. simple syrup

0.75 oz. pomegranate juice (freshly squeezed)

Garnish: Pomegranate pearls and rosemary sprig

Glass: Wine glass

Method: Shake all ingredients except Chandon in a shaker tin. Strain into glassware with ice and top with Chandon. Stir the glass. Garnish with pomegranate pearls and rosemary sprig.

1 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

1 1/2 oz. Cognac

1/2 oz. Crème de Cacao

2 oz. milk

Pinch dark powdered chocolate

Method: Warm the milk and chocolate powder then add all ingredients to a mug and stir. Top with whip cream and chocolate syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 4 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Blanco rum
  • 8 parts sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 parts evaporated milk
  • 16 parts sugar
  • 8 parts water
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Method: Mix the sugar and water together over very low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves — about 3 minutes. The heat must be just low enough so that the sugar doesn’t caramelize, but yields a thick sugary water. Place the egg yolks in a blender and mix with the condensed milk. Slowly add the evaporated milk and mix completely. Flavor with vanilla. Pour the egg yolk and milk mixture into the sugar-water, and mix together. Finally, stir in the rum

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum
  • ¾ parts MARTINI & ROSSI sweet vermouth
  • ½ part Amaro
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Method: Stir all ingredients vigorously with plenty ice until very cold, strain into a rocks glass with an ice sphere. Garnish with an orange peel.

Created by Erik Delanoy, The Wilson

2.0 oz The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Murray’s Chestnut Honey

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Ingredients

12 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin

24 oz. Rosé 12 oz.

White Grape Juice 4 oz.

Cranberry or Cherry Liqueur 3 oz.

Pink Peppercorn Syrup*

Club Soda to Top Off

Sugared Fresh Cranberries

Cranberry with Rosemary Ice Cubes

PINK PEPPERCORN

SYRUP 1/2 c.

Sugar 1/2 c.

Water 2 Tbsp.

Pink Peppercorns

Method: Simmer all ingredients, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves and peppercorns begin to break down. Cool and strain into a storage container.

Method: For the cocktail, combine all ingredients except the club soda. Stir in a pitcher, then pour over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with sugared cranberries.

Recipe:

  • 30 mL Don Papa Rum
  • 45 mL cold brew with chickory
  • 15 mL condensed milk
  • 15 mL kuromitsu (Japanese molasses)

Method: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a rocks glass rimmed with Oreo cookie crumbs and Cafe Bustelo instant espresso.

Recipe:

  • 1 3/4 oz. Don Papa Rum
  • 1/3 oz. Dark cherry compote
  • 1/3 oz. Crème de cacao
  • 3 dashes of pine bitters
  • Grate of dark chocolate
  • One Don Papa soaked cherry

Method: Combine all ingredients into a shaker, stir & strain!

Recipe:

  • 1 ¾ oz. Don Papa Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon
  • 1 ¾ oz. Boiling Water
  • 1 oz. Cinnamon and Ginger Honey

Garnish: Lemon wheel, cinnamon sticks

Method: Combine all ingredients into glass and stir. Serve while hot.

Created by Cecelia Steffensen and Pamela Wiznitzer and available at the Henry at the Life Hotel in NYC

4.5 oz Patrón Silver (use the 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle)

1/2 gallon Heavy Cream

1/2 gallon Whole Milk

2 Cinnamon Sticks

2 whole pieces Allspice

0.5 grams Cardamom

5 grams Cornstarch

200 grams Chocolate Nyangbo (about 7 ounces)

Method:

Toast all the spices in a pot, then add to the milk and heavy cream and let it rest overnight.

The next day, put everything in a pot add the cornstarch, bring it to a boil while continually whisking. Strain + pour the mix over the chocolate.

Pour Patrón Silver in mug and top with spiced chocolate mix. Top with Patrón-infused marshmallow.

Created by Kate Bolton, Silver Julep, Portland

1½ oz. Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon

¾ oz. Campari

¾ oz.. Cinzano 1757 Vermouth

1 Tbsp. Maple Butter*

1 dash Vanilla Extract

3 oz. boiling water

Method: In a footed glass or mug add Russell’s Reserve, Campari, sweet vermouth, maple butter and vanilla. Pour hot water on top and stir briskly until butter is dissolved and well integrated. Garnish with a clover-studded half orange wheel and a star anise pod

*Maple Butter:

½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter

5 Tbsp Maple Syrup

½ tsp. salt

Using a robot coup or Vitamix whip all ingredients until smooth.

Created by Willy Shine, Brand Meister

1 part Jägermeister

1/2 part Lemon juice

1/2 part Spiced pomegranate honey*

2 part Fresh apple cider

1 part Jamaican Aged Rum (Appleton Reserve)

1 part water

Glass: Decorative footed mug
Garnish: Whole Cloves in an orange peel

Method: Combine and batch all the ingredients & heat up over stove.

  • Steep, clove, fresh ginger pieces & cracked cinnamon sticks in POM like making a tea. Bring to boil and let sit to chill. Fine strain the liquid and add equal parts honey. Keep refrigerated.

Stella Rosa Black

2 oz. gin of choice

¾ oz. honey

¾ fresh lime juice

Splash of club soda

Method: Add all ingredients to your shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon

1 tsp Demerara simple syrup

3–4 dashes aromatic bitters

Orange twist

Add the simple syrup, bitters, then Baby Bourbon to a mixing glass and stir well to combine and chill. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with orange twist.

1 part Monkey Shoulder Whisky

2 tsp simple syrup

2 dashes angostura bitters

Orange zest

Add Monkey Shoulder, simpler syrup, Angostura bitters and orange zest to a mixing glass, then add cold, dry ice and stir. Once dilution is reached, strain into glass over fresh ice and garnish with a twist orange peel over glass.

1.3oz Cognac Frapin VSOP

.5 oz Pedro Ximenez sherry

.75 oz Lemon Juice

35ml Egg Whites

1 tsp Gomme Syrup

Cane sugar to garnish

Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. This cocktail is prepared using a ‘dry-wet-dry’ shake. Shake to emulsify eggs, add ice then shake again, hard to break up the ice which creates a larger surface area and helps chill the drink. Strain to remove ice and shake again using a rolling motion. Serve in a large coupe glass, sprinkle with demerara sugar.

1.5 oz. Slow and Low

0.5 oz. Port Wine

3 Dashes Chocolate Walnut Bitters

Top with splash Ginger Beer

Roll, Rocks, Orange Peel Garnish

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