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32 Winter Cocktails and Hot Drinks to Warm Up With This Cold Weather Season

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15 Recipes for Winter Cocktails to Warm Up With This Holiday Season

How best to spend the end of this year and the start of the next? These 32 winter cocktails are just some ideas to get you started.

Warm cocktails like mulled wine or spiked hot chocolate just add a cozy factor that is unmatched, and they’re so simple to make for a group of friends or family. In fact, some of the best winter cocktails and classic cocktail recipes are easy to make without any liquor at all.

And thanks to the roller coaster that was 2022, spending time with loved ones from the comfort (and warmth!) of our own homes with winter drinks in hand this cold-weather season is more necessary than ever before. Because we all know that our preferred spot to catch up with friends and family is…the same place we’ve spent most of the rest of the year: on the couch, under a blanket.

However, if you do plan to throw a holiday party why not go all out and impress your guests with a complex creation from a master mixologist? Whatever your plans this season, these delicious winter cocktails will delight. Join us?

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Cremosa de Cocoa

“Cremosa de Cocoa is my favorite holiday drink at the moment,” says chef Nelson German, owner of Afro-Latino cocktail Lounge Sobre Mesa. “I do want to shout out and mention my amazing bar manager Sadé Stamps for creating it. She wanted to create something festive but staying within our Afro-Latino concept. What I love about the cocktail is the childhood memories I get of times enjoying hot chocolate during the cold NYC winters. Especially when me and my cousins would sit around during Christmas before opening gifts sipping on hot chocolate. The coolest thing, though, is the addition of guava in the cocktail. I use to eat these amazing Dominican pastries that were a stuffed—Pan de Agua—with guava jam and chocolate. The cocktail brings me there.”

2 oz. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur

1 oz. Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum

1 oz. red wine

8 oz. coconut milk

7–8 oz. semisweet Guittard chocolate

2 oz. marshmallow syrup

4 oz. marshmallows

1 cinnamon stick

1 pinch nutmeg

1 Tbsp. guava paste

1 Tbsp. sugar

2 allspice berries

Chocolate powder

Marshmallow syrup: In a saucepan whisk 4 oz. marshmallows with 8 oz. water over medium heat until well combined. Stir in cinnamon. Let cool before storing in the fridge. Keeps for 2 weeks.

Rum sweet cream: In a bowl, using a hand mixer or whisk, whip cold whipping cream until it starts to thicken. Add 1 oz. spiced rum and sugar, whip until just firm.

Combine coconut milk, guava paste, chocolate, marshmallow syrup, wine, allspice, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until combined without allowing to boil. Remove from heat and stir in sweet potato liqueur. Strain and pour into a mug. Garnish with rum sweet cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.

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Smoking Gun

“We wanted to winterize our cocktail menu by marrying summer favorites, like mezcal, with warm spices that are hallmarks of colder seasons,” says Jason Marcus, owner of Hotel Lilien in Tannersville, New York. “Cinnamon and orange are classic winter flavors, and the panela syrup, made from Colombian sugar cane distilled into a hard caramel, adds richness to the coffee liqueur.”

1 oz. Ilegal Mezcal

0.5 oz. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liquor

1 oz. panela syrup (a simple syrup made from Colombian sugar cane distilled into a hard caramel)

3 dashes orange bitters

3 dashes chocolate bitters

1 cinnamon stick

1 dried blood orange wheel

Use a match or lighter to ignite one end of a cinnamon stick. Place it on a plate and cover with an upside down coupe glass to extinguish the flame. Fill a mixing glass with ice, add remaining ingredients, and stir until chilled. Serve in coupe glass with the burnt cinnamon stick and a dried blood orange wheel as garnish.

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Hot Buttered Bourbon

The best thing about easy winter cocktails is that they can usually be made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Take this recipe—you might not have the ginger spice garnish on hand, but you can mix the bourbon of your choice with some apple cider and a dollop of butter.

2½ parts Knob Creek bourbon

6 parts apple cider

Butter

Cinnamon stick

Freshly grated nutmeg

Ginger spice (optional)

Heat apple cider in a medium saucepan. Add bourbon and stir to combine. Carefully pour into a prewarmed mug. Add a dollop of butter and stir with cinnamon stick to combine. Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg and a pinch of ginger spice on top.

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Oaxaca Chakas

Many winter drink recipes can be made without the liquor for a nonalcoholic option. This one included! And if you are in a boozy mood, simply add the tequila of your choice. Pairs nicely with one of these winter movies.

2 parts Milagro Añejo

ѕ parts agave nectar

1 part heavy whipping cream

2 parts milk

1 part Oaxacan chocolate powder (or cocoa powder)

Freshly whipped cream

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring all ingredients except whipped cream to a boil. Pour into a coffee cup and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon.

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Broquito

“This recipe is an amazing cocktail made by my great friend and bartender, Chris Rue,” says Craig Samuel, chef and owner of Peaches Kitchen and Bar. “It is a play off the classic Puerto Rican holiday cocktail Coquito. He calls his version the Broquito. I usually have him make a batch for my holiday party each year, but this year I asked for the recipe. The best thing about it is that as decadent as it is, it is vegan!”

16 oz. Milkadamia Vanilla Creamer macadamia milk (oat milk can substitute)

4 oz. sweetened condensed coconut milk

15-oz. can Coco Lopez

Ѕ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

ј tsp. freshly grated cinnamon

ј tsp. vanilla extract

Ѕ cup Barbancourt white rum

ј cup cognac (brandy will do just fine)

Combine all ingredients. You can also omit the liquor for a nonalcoholic version, or swap the rum for one of your choice.

Store in the fridge and serve in a collins glass over ice. Use a microplane to shave a light dusting of nutmeg on top of each one.

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Almond Toffee Martini

Yes, winter vodka cocktails are just as popular this time of year as bourbon or rum. This easy martini combines the year-round favorite liquor with nondairy milk.

1 oz. Almond Breeze almond milk

1 oz. crème de cacao

1 oz. butterscotch liqueur

1 oz. vodka

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Pour in almond milk (or nondairy milk of your choice), crème de cacao, butterscotch liqueur, and vodka. Cover and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and serve. For a sweet garnish, dip empty glass into almond milk and then either cocoa powder or sugar crystals to coat rim. Pour in liquid.

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Mulled Gin/Hot Gin Punch

Created by bartender Nick Strangeway, this gin punch is one of the best winter cocktails recipes to make if you’re hosting a party—just increase the ingredients to match the number of guests you’ve invited.

1 part Beefeater 24 gin

2 parts full-bodied red wine

1 tsp. honey

Orange slice

Lemon slice

Orange peel studded with several cloves (for garnish and flavor)

1 cinnamon stick

Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until honey has dissolved. Pour into a toddy glass and drink while warm.

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Wellness Hot Toddy

“We like this drink because it’s a mix of naughty and nice,” says Kate Waldron over at American Mediterranean bistro Jack’s Wife Freda. “You can keep it healthy and make it without the liquor or you can spice it up a notch and add some booze.”

2 oz. bourbon (optional)

1 oz. honey syrup

8 oz. hot water

4 dashes cayenne pepper

2 star anise

3 pieces ginger (muddled gently)

Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Remove and serve.

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Montenegro Hot Toddy

Or try a more indulgent take on the hot toddy. “The Lodge’s Montenegro Hot Toddy is made from a special house blend of spirits, but bourbon, sherry, and of course Amaro Montenegro are key in creating this winter favorite,” says Harry McNamara, beverage director at the Urban Cowboy Lodge in New York. “Finished with a dollop of homemade whipped cream for an unbelievable texture, this hot toddy is a perfect fireside choice for a snowy day in the Catskills.”

1 oz. Amaro Montenegro

1 oz. Old Forester Bourbon

ј oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy

Ѕ oz. Lustau East India Solera Sherry

1 dash angostura bitters

2 oz. water

ј oz. cinnamon syrup

ј oz. lemon juice

Combine all ingredients excluding cinnamon syrup and lemon juice, and heat to near boiling. In a mug, add cinnamon syrup and lemon juice, then pour the heated mixture into the mug. Top with a tiny dollop of whipped cream, an orange star, and shave fresh nutmeg over top.

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Ginger Toddy

Can you tell we love a hot cocktails in the winter? Especially a ginger-forward version. “The aromatic spicy notes of ginger complement the sweetness of the apples and blood orange,” says Cazadores Tequila brand ambassador Manny Hinojosa of this cold-weather cocktail. “This truly is winter in a glass.”

1 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

1 oz. blood orange juice

Ѕ oz. ginger puree

3 oz. apple cider

2 star anise

5 oz. hot water

In a mug combine apple cider, hot water, blood orange, and ginger puree, and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and garnish with orange peel.

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French Whiskey 75

“A few principles I like to adhere to when creating cocktails: (1) Use good stuff. (2) Less is more. (3) Don’t forget to have fun,” says Jon Kraus, head bartender at Peak in New York City. That’s the approach he used when creating a less-is-more twist on the classic French 75. “We employ a neat trick here by infusing the whiskey with fruit—it may not be immediately perceptible by itself, but the whiskey will extract and carry all this extra flavor with it when added into the Champagne. Have a sip and remember to eat the fruit. It will burst with pear.”

1 cup diced, ripe pear

1 cup Alfred Giraud Heritage whiskey

1 glass Champagne

For fruit-infused whiskey: Steep pear in whiskey overnight. (Two days is even better.) Store in a cool, dark place and shake to mix occasionally. When straining, give the fruit a gentle press to extract all the liquor. Makes about 10 servings.

For the cocktail: Add ¾ ounce of the fruit-infused whiskey to a Champagne glass. Fill to top with Champagne. Top with remaining pear, cut into star shapes.

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Peppermint Cream

If you’re looking for low-calorie cocktails…this list is not that. Because the truth is that some of the best winter alcoholic drinks are inspired by the season’s sweet treats, like this Peppermint Cream from Haven Rooftop.

1½ oz. Baileys Irish Cream

2 oz. hot chocolate

Ѕ oz. crГЁme de cacao

Ѕ oz. crГЁme de menthe

Whipped cream (for garnish)

Candy cane (for garnish)

Mix all ingredients in a mug and top with whipped cream and candy cane for garnish.

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Bourbon Cider Sipper

All cold-weather drinks don’t have to be served hot. See: This recipe from former Cooking Channel hosts Ali Ward and Georgia Hardstark.

1 cup light brown sugar

1 Tbsp. whole cloves

1½ oz. bourbon

Ѕ oz. fresh lemon juice

Ѕ oz. clove simple syrup

1½ oz. hard apple cider

Apple slice studded with a few whole cloves, for garnish (optional).

For clove simple syrup: Combine brown sugar, cloves, and 1 cup water in a pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool and sit 2 to 3 hours; strain cloves before using. (Store any remaining syrup in a sealed jar, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.)

For cocktail: Add bourbon, lemon juice, and clove simple syrup to a shaker, add ice, and shake vigorously. Pour into a highball glass, top with hard cider, and—and if you’re feeling fancy—garnish with an apple slice studded with a few whole cloves.

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El Dorado Hot Chocolate

Rum cocktails hit different in winter. Try this hot chocolate shot and see for yourself.

ѕ cup sugar

ј cup water, plus 2 Tbsp.

8 oz. finely chopped semisweet or milk chocolate

6 cups milk

6 oz. cinnamon-flavored liqueur, such as Goldschläger

3 oz. golden rum

Stir sugar and 2 Tbsp. water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Uncover and continue to cook, gently swirling pan until sugar is a dark golden caramel (around 7 to 10 minutes; it should smell slightly burnt). Pull pan from heat and carefully pour ¼ cup water into caramel (it may splatter, so stand back). Whisk until smooth and allow to cool. When ready to serve, put 3 Tbsp. each of burnt caramel into four mugs and top evenly with chopped chocolate. Bring milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Pull pan from heat and add Goldschläger and rum; pour over chocolate. Serve with a spoon for stirring layers together.

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Baileys Glamour Shot

When we said we’d show you how to make easy winter cocktails, we meant it. This shot only requires two ingredients—three, if you’re feeling extra.

1 oz. Baileys vanilla cinnamon liqueur

Ѕ oz. GoldschlГ¤ger cinnamon schnapps

Edible gold flakes to rim glass (optional)

Combine Baileys and Goldschläger in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a chilled shot glass rimmed with edible gold flakes.

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Spiked Hot Cocoa

Another tasty (and super-easy) recipe from the folks at Jack’s Wife Freda.

2 oz. rum

8 oz. steamed milk (your choice)

1 tsp. chocolate syrup

Topped with whipped cream (optional)

Add steamed milk and chocolate syrup to a medium saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in rum, and top off with the whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Rum-Chata White Russian

Warm alcohol drinks aren’t for everyone. This twist on the classic winter drink is as chilled as it gets.

1 part RumChata

1 part Kahlua

1 part vodka

1 part milk or cream

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice and serve.

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Four Grain Hot Apple Cider

“I’ve worked as a part-time tour guide at Laws Whiskey House for the past couple of years and loved creating this hot apple cider cocktail with their flagship four-grain bourbon,” says K.Z. Mendoza, brand ambassador for the Denver-based distillery. “I like to enjoy this cocktail near the fire after a day on the slopes. It’s the perfect drink to warm you up.”

1.5 oz. Laws Whiskey House Four Grain bourbon

4 oz. apple cider

Ѕ oz. cinnamon simple syrup

Ѕ oz. Licor 43

3 dashes cardamom bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mug, except the apple cider. Heat up the apple cider separately, and then add to the mug and stir before serving.

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Cruzan Hot Velvet

So many winter cocktails are just twists on spiked hot chocolate—and yet we can’t get enough of them.

1 part Cruzan Velvet Cinn horchata with rum

1 part Cruzan Estate Diamond dark rum

2 parts hot chocolate (rich sweetened cocoa recommended)

1 pinch chili powder

1 pinch salt

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk briskly while warming over medium heat. Pour into a glass and garnish with grated cinnamon.

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Madagascar

“Here is a great recipe for a winter warmer,” says Austin Baker, executive chef at the restaurant Saraghina. “It’s a riff on a Painkiller and I call it a Madagascar. The recipe makes for two strong cocktails.”

1½ oz. Matusalem Amber rum

Ѕ oz. Smith & Cross

2 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. orange juice

1 oz. Coco Lopez

ј oz. sherry (amontillado)

2 oz. water

Combine and heat on stove, in microwave, or with a steamer on an espresso machine. Split between two glasses and top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Villa One Apple Cider Manhattan

“When I was growing up, my dad had an apple tree in our backyard, and he always made homemade apple cider,” says Julian Rodarte, executive chef and the bar chef of Beto & Son in Dallas. “It became a tradition in my family every year, around this time. As I got older, I wanted to combine some of my most memorable holiday traditions with my favorite spirits…. The natural sweetness of the apples pair so beautifully with the richness of the oak-aged Villa One Anejo.”

2 oz. Villa One Añejo

ѕ oz.В apple cider

Ѕ oz.В sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash orange bitters

Add all ingredients to a bar beaker with ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain out cocktail into a coupe glass and serve up. Garnish with apple slices.

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CC Club

“Few things go together better than Irish whiskey and apple,” says Kevin Denton Rex, head of mixology and education at Pernod Ricard. “This seemingly simple cocktail is bursting with orchard flavors. It’s a snap to prepare when coming in from the cold.”

1½ parts Green Spot Irish whiskey

5 parts apple cider

Ѕ parts Cointreau

Gently warm ingredients. Pour into a glass mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange wheel or apple slice.

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Agua Fresca

“The agua fresca is a beautiful cocktail using flavor mixtures you see coming from various parts of Mexico, infusing tropical fruits with baking spices or chocolate, in this case, canela,” says Toca Madera, V.P. of Operations Charity Johnston. “We usually don’t think vodka cocktails for winter, but this winter one has all the right bites! The agua fresca’s pineapple-orange flavors incorporated with our homemade canela (cinnamon) syrup is refreshing and perfect for the season. My favorite piece would be the brûléed pineapple on top, which really makes it feel perfect for the winter yet still tropical and refreshing.”

2 oz. Ketel One vodka

1 oz. coconut water

1 oz. canela (cinnamon) syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

Pineapple

Combine vodka, coconut water, lemon juice, and syrup with ice. Top with pineapple.

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The Thin Mint

“For our festive Thin Mint cocktail, we’ve incorporated two classic flavors: rich, velvety chocolate and refreshing, creamy mint,” says Brian Dewberry, head bartender and lounge supervisor at La Quinta Resort & Club’s dining lounge Morgan’s in the Desert. “The chilled cocktail is surprisingly light and is the perfect postdinner digestif when you are looking for something sweet but not too heavy, especially after an indulgent holiday feast.”

2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur

1 oz. crème de menthe

Whipped cream

Semisweet dark chocolate sauce

Drizzle chocolate in a martini glass. Combine chocolate liqueur, crème de menthe, and whipped cream (to thicken) and serve on the rocks.

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Abuelita’s Hot Chocolate

“This is my favorite drink to warm up with on a bitter-cold afternoon,” says Steffin Oghene, El Tequileño’s V.P. of business development. “We took a traditional Mexican hot chocolate recipe and gave it a boozy kick. The combination of silky chocolate and aromatic spice creates the perfect sweet and savory flavor.”

2 oz. El Tequileño Reposado Gran Reserva

3 oz. Abuelita hot chocolate

ј oz. Ancho Reyes liqueur

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a temperature-resistant mixing glass, and serve hot in a traditional Mexican pottery cup. Garnish with cinnamon stick and chile de árbol.

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Fig Tonic

Cheers to the new year with this Prosecco cocktail.

1 part Della Vite DOC

1 part fig cordial or syrup

1 part tonic

Grapefruit

Combine all ingredients except grapefruit and serve over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

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Coco’s Cocoa

“I love this drink because it combines all my favorite winter things: chocolate, warm spices, and bourbon,” says Ashley Masterson, food and beverage manager at Nomi Park at The Wayfinder Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. “The kick of cayenne makes this hot chocolate unique and delicious.”

2 qt. heavy cream

1 qt. Hershey’s chocolate

Ѕ qt. water

Ѕ qt. brown sugar

2 tsp. cayenne

2 tsp. ground allspice

8 cinnamon sticks

1½ oz. bourbon

For the cocoa: In a pot, combine all ingredients except bourbon and cook for 45 minutes at medium heat.

For the cocktail: In a mug, add bourbon and 6 to 8 oz. cocoa. Garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Espresso Martini

While the espresso martini is certainly not a new cocktail, it’s had a resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to it being, well, so delicious. This version, available at Union Square Café in New York City, is a favorite among the city dwellers. “Our Espresso Martini is meant to be as invigorating as a shot of espresso itself, so we try to create complimentary flavors that all revolve around the taste of great coffee,” says Patrick Smith at Union Square Hospitality Group. “Mr Black is made from cold brew, so it goes very well with espresso because espresso is made with very hot water (compared to the cold water used to make cold brew). This brings out different flavors and gives you a well-rounded coffee flavor. We also put a bit of vanilla liqueur in the cocktail because we find the baking spice adds an extra dimension of texture without adding too much sugar, and also makes it the perfect cocktail to enjoy during the holidays.”

1 oz. Ketel One Vodka

ѕ oz. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liquor

ѕ oz. Espresso

Ѕ oz. Giffard Vanille de Madagascar

ј oz. Demerara Syrup

Shake with ice. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.

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Nuts 4 Nuts

If you’ve ever been to New York City, then you know the delicious aroma that comes from the prevalent Nuts 4 Nuts street carts. “This Manhattan riff is perfect for winter because the aromatics from the local honey roasted street nuts will transport you to Christmas in NYC,” says Marshall Minaya, beverage director of Madame George. “Think snow falling, Rockefeller center lit up, and chains covering bus tires (a little bit of grit).”

1 ½ oz. Nuts4Nuts washed Iichiko Saiten

Ѕ oz. Myris Nutmeg liqueur

Ѕ oz. Carpano Antica formula

Ѕ oz. China China liqueur

To fat wash Iichiko Saiten shochu with Nuts4Nuts (or heated honey-roasted nuts of your choice): Add melted nuts to spirit at room temperature. Let sit for a few hours, then chill in fridge or freezer until fat solidifies and can be easily skimmed off.

To make cocktail: Add all ingredients to a chilled double rocks glass, then slowly lower big 2” cube of ice into glass. Stir to proper dilution. Garnish with a lime twist and grated roasted nut.

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Lodge Chaud

“I created the Lodge Chaud as the ideal boozy hot chocolate cocktail that brings a modern, yet nostalgic take to the comfort beverage, taking the traditional flavor palette to the next level,” says Desmond Oliver, food and beverage manager of the Detroit Foundation Hotel. “The small-batch, Teeling Irish Whiskey provides the cocktail with a smooth base with notes of vanilla and warming spices, perfect for the season. The caramel notes from the Amaro Averna shine through to help balance the sweetness of the steamed chocolate milk and the peppery mint from the Chartreuse Green. This cocktail is ideal for making memories with loved ones around the fireplace.”

1 oz. Teeling Small Batch

Ѕ oz. Chartreuse Green

Ѕ oz. Amaro Averna

4 oz. steamed chocolate milk (we use Guernsey Farms Dairy)

Add all ingredients to a mug or tulip glass, then stir. Garnish with whipped cream and grated nutmeg.

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The Granite Street Sour

This isn’t an easy drink to make, but it is guaranteed to impress any holiday party guests who love winter gin cocktails. “Named after a street not too far from our bar, The Granite Street Sour is an homage to the rich granite history of this region,” says Sam Nelis, bar director at Gin Lane Bar in Montpelier, Vermont. “This cocktail is a play on the contemporary classic Trinidad Sour. We use our barrel-aged Tom Cat Gin made with raw honey. Going beyond the dash, Angostura bitters can be used as a spirit too! Its flavors scream winter with its strong notes of cinnamon, clove, and other baking spices. Orgeat is a nut-based syrup, and we use the more sustainable pecan vs. the original almond. This cocktail boasts warm, comforting notes—creamy vanilla, oak, and roasted pecan, accented with the wintry spice of the Angostura bitters. These flavors pair so well together we should write them down in stone. Granite stone, of course.”

1 oz. Tom Cat Gin

1 oz. Angostura bitters

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. Pecan orgeat

Ingredients for the Pecan Ogeat:

226 grams of pecans (or other nut)

742 grams of Demerara Sugar (or raw sugar)

3 ⅓ cups water

9 grams cinnamon sticks

ј gram star anise

1 gram whole cloves

8 gram ground allspice

ј tsp rose water (в…™ oz)

ј tsp orange flower water

ј oz cognac

Method for Pecan Orgeat: Roast nuts and the spices in the oven till golden brown. Do not burn them. Let cool a bit. Pulse in a food processor; you want a variation of larger chunks and powder and everything in between. Mix with sugar in a pot, add water, and other ingredients besides the rose water, orange flower water, and Cognac. Heat gradually to a simmer, simmer for 10 min. Stir the whole time. Let cool and sit overnight. Strain through a cheesecloth or lay a cheesecloth out over a perforated flat pan with another pan to catch the drippings. Add the rose water, orange flower water, and cognac at the end. Keep refrigerated.

To make cocktail: Add all ingredients into a cooled shaker, shake for about 30 seconds, pour into a coupe glass.

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Brooklyn Fog

Tea isn’t as common for hot drinks with alcohol as, say, coffee or hot chocolate. But why? It’s so tasty. “The Brooklyn Fog is our play on the famed tea drink, London Fog,” says Marissa Mazzotta, bar manager of The Shanty in Brooklyn, New York. “A healthy pour of gin compliments the soothing vanilla syrup with a welcome punch of juniper. The lavender ties the herbal drink together, culminating in a pleasing, classic warm gin drink.”

1 ½ oz. Perry’s Tot Gin

ј oz. Lemon juice

ѕ oz. Vanilla simple syrup

1 oz. Lavender oat infusion milk

1 ½ oz. Earl Grey tea

To make the lavender oat infusion milk: Combine 1 oz. dried lavender flower with 16 oz. oat milk. Leave for two hours, then strain flower out before using.

Cocktail: Combine all ingredients then pour into a frother. Serve in warmed/room temperature coup glass.

Still not inspired? Try one of these Christmas cocktails instead.

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