Winter is quickly approaching and with that comes weather that leaves you chilled to the very core. It’s so cold outside that you’re stuck inside and you don’t feel like getting out from under the covers. On top of all that, the holidays are right around the corner, which brings a mixture of anxiety, excitement, and even cause for celebration.
If you plan on drinking at all during the winter (which we’re sure that you will!), why not go for one of these deliciously festive cocktails instead of your “usual?”
What better way to warm your bones than with a nice warm mug of something hot? These drinks are perfect for sipping by a hot fire while you’re snuggly wrapped in your blanket. Marie Claire has a couple of awesome hot cocktails that’ll do the trick, such as:
Preheat your coffee mug by adding boiling water. Once the mug is hot, pour out the hot water and discard the water. Pour the ingredients for the cocktail into the mug, but save the hot water for last. Garnish the mug with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.
Pour your favorite wine into a large saucepan and heat it over low heat. Make a sachet out of cheese cloth and stick the cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg inside. Put the sachet in the wine and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Add the agave nectar to taste. Simmer for another five minutes and then strain into a heatproof glass. Garnish the glass with lemon slice, star anise, and cinnamon stick.
Cream together the butter, sugar and spices into a smooth consistency. Then roll the butter into balls that are about the size of a silver dollar. Chill the balls until they are solid.
Stir together the ingredients and add a bit of lemon juice. Enjoy!
Whip the cream, sugar, and spice together until they form stiff peaks. Refrigerate until ready for the drink.
Divide all the ingredients for the drink into two glasses (or one large one if you’re thirsty!). Top the coffee with the whipped cream and then sprinkle with a bit of pumpkin spice.
Better Homes and Gardens has a great list of wintery cocktails that are cold, but they’ll warm you through and through.
Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add your favorite brandy, crème de cacao, whipped cream and chocolate syrup to the mix. Give the shaker a good shake and strain the mix into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle the glass with chocolate shavings.
Crush the mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Combine the rum, lime juice, and sugar with the mint. Add ice and club soda, stir until everything is combined. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.
Crush the sprigs of mint with sugar in the bottom of a glass. Add your ice and vodka and serve, either for yourself or to guests.
Mix the Frangelico, dark rum, and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the mix and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with chocolate. Add ginger beer at the end and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Pour sugar, corn syrup, water and the candied ginger in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat. Leave it uncovered while simmering for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vodka. Allow to cool to room temperature. Cover the pot and chill overnight. Strain the mix and pour it into a large bowl. Slowly add the champagne and stir gently so the carbonation doesn’t fizzle out.
Add the water and sugar into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and let the syrup cools. Blend the raspberries until smooth and add the orange juice. String the mixture with a fine mesh strainer.
Add this mixture with the vodka and then slowly pour the champagne down the side. Combine the sugar and black pepper in a shallow dish. Line the edge of the glasses with lemon and then dip into the sugar. Pour the mix in the glass and garnish with fresh thyme.
With winter quickly coming upon us, there is only so much hot chocolate you can drink to help keep you warm. If you want something with a little kick, we’re sure that these 10 wintery cocktails will be exactly what you’re looking for.