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30+ Winter Cocktails to Spice Up Your Holiday Parties

30+ Winter Cocktails to Spice Up Your Holiday Parties

Earlier in the year, we showed off our recipe for a spicy jalapeno margarita to sip poolside during the summer, but as we approach fall and winter and the temperature starts to drop meaning we have to (unfortunately) put on our sweaters and scarves.

But that got us thinking about how to keep the party going for the holidays. We put together a list of winter cocktails that should warm you and your houseguests right up during the colder months.

Covering a range of warm alcoholic drinks themed cocktails, and holiday perennials we hope that from our list you can find a winter cocktail recipe that your guests will enjoy or help you expand your liquor cabinet to include some new favorites.


Hot Toddies

An absolute staple of the cocktail world, the simple hot toddy has been used as a folk medicine to treat colds and cases of flu since at least the 1700s. The drink is commonly made with whiskey, honey, and hot water. Other common ingredients used include spices and herbs like clove, cinnamon, even tea leaves and often include a lemon wedge for garnish.

Our selection of hot toddies uses this as a framework while including fall and winter-themed ingredients from apples, caramel, and more! Feel free to take our selections and experiment with them as you see fit; after all, that is half the fun of making a cocktail!

 
  • Hot Toddy

    Starting with the basics here, the simple hot toddy is easily made and even easier to drink.

    Ingredients

    • ¾ cup of water
    • 1 ½ oz whiskey of your choice
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey (to personal taste)
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice (to personal taste)
    • 1 lemon slice (optional, for garnish)
    • 1 cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Heat the water to a simmer in a saucepan or small pot
    2. Add whiskey, lemon juice, and honey
    3. Stir until honey evaporates
    4. Pour into a mug
    5. Serve with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick for garnish and flavor
  • Chai-Spiced Hot Toddy

    This version of hot toddy kicks up the spices and splashes in some tea to balance everything out quite nicely. Our version here makes for around 6 cocktails so it's perfect for batch making for a holiday party.

    Ingredients

    • 2 teaspoons cardamom pods (crushed)
    • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
    • 11 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 piece ginger (unpeeled, thinly sliced)
    • 1 medium orange
    • 6 tablespoons honey
    • 3 tablespoons whole leaf black tea or 3 bags black tea
    • 9 oz dark rum

    Instructions

    1. Toast the cardamom, coriander, peppercorns, and 5 cinnamon sticks in a large pot over medium-high heat until fragrant.
    2. Add ginger and 8 cups of water
    3. Use the zest of one orange and add the pot.
    4. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    5. Remove from the heat then add the tea and honey and let steep for 5 minutes.
    6. Strain mixture through sieve then top with rum and garnish with the rest of the cinnamon sticks.
  • Caramel Apple Toddy

    With decadent caramel and Autumnal apple cider, this hot toddy is amazing to sip around the campfire or a cozy winter day inside as the snow falls outside.

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz hot apple cider
    • 1.5 oz whiskey
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 2 teaspoons caramel syrup for rimming glass (if desired)
    • Apple slices, star anise, cinnamon stick for garnish (if desired)

    Instructions

    1. Heat your apple cider to a low simmer. Remove from heat
    2. Top the glass rim with caramel syrup if desired
    3. Combine the hot apple cider, whiskey, lemon juice, and honey and stir.
    4. Garnish with apple slices, star anise, and a cinnamon stick if desired
  • Fireball Toddy

    Replacing the cinnamon stick with Fireball elevates the simple hot toddy into something that would make a great hot drink to hum-drum winter holiday party into something a bit wilder!

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz hot water
    • 2 oz Fireball Cinnamon whiskey
    • ½ tablespoon honey (or more if desired)
    • ½ lemon, juiced
    • 1 teabag (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Heat your water in a saucepan to a low simmer (if you want to cut the flavor of fire, steep a teabag in water before adding the rest of the ingredients)
    2. Mix in your Fireball whiskey, honey, and lemon juice and stir until the honey dissolves.

Mimosas

Perennial brunch go-to drink, the mimosa has the best of both worlds. From the bubbling champagne working a base and the bright and citrus juice that rounds this cocktail out, the Mimosa offers the easy-going class and sophistication of champagne with the sweetness of citrus.

Our selection of mimosa recipes flips the script on the tried and true OJ inclusion for juices and flavors that resonate with holiday cheer.

 
  • Peppermint Mimosa

    Nothing screams Christmas and the holidays like peppermint candy and this mimosa is no different. Trading in the OJ for peppermint schnapps, this mimosa doubles up on the holiday cheer!

    Ingredients

    • ¼ semisweet chocolate chips (melted)
    • 3 candy canes, crushed
    • 6 oz peppermint schnapps
    • 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
    • 6 candy canes (whole)

    Instructions

    1. Melt semisweet chocolate chips in a glass bowl over gently boiling water till melted
    2. Pour out the chocolate on a plate and the crushed candy canes on a separate plate
    3. Dip the rim of the champagne flute in the chocolate first then crushed candy canes to coat
    4. Add an oz of peppermint schnapps to each glass and top the rest with prosecco or champagne
    5. Garnish with a full candy cane and serve!
  • Cranberry Mimosa

    Nicknamed the Poinsettia, this mimosa switches out the orange juice for cranberry juice creating a red drink that is sure to pop across a winter-themed table-scape. Easy, simple, and quick to make, this mimosa is sure to be a hit for your holiday brunch parties.

    Ingredients

    • 4 oz cranberry juice
    • 8 oz champagne
    • Sparkling sugar (for garnish)
    • Fresh cranberries (for garnish)
    • Sprigs of rosemary (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Rim the champagne flute with sparkling sugar.
    2. Pour an oz of cranberry juice into each of your champagne flutes.
    3. Top off the flutes with champagne.
    4. Garnish with two to three fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary before serving.
  • Pomegranate Mimosa

    Another holiday twist on the humble mimosa. Like the cranberry mimosa, this cocktail is quick and simple to prepare, but packs a lot of flavor!

    Ingredients

    • 1 lime or orange (sliced)
    • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 bottle of champagne
    • 2 cups pomegranate juice
    • Sprigs of fresh rosemary (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Rim the champagne flute with granulated sugar
    2. Fill the flutes with 2/3 or ¾ champagne
    3. Top with the pomegranate juice
    4. Add a sprig of rosemary and lime or orange slice for garnish and serve

Martinis

While this drink may be the favorite of British super-spy James Bond, the Martini is a uniquely American invention. Created during Prohibition due in part to the wide availability of illegally made gin, the martini has many variations and total variations which include none of the original ingredients but spiritually borrow from this iconic cocktail.

Our selections lean more towards the side of including vodka, given the liquor’s way of working with other flavors, in comparison to gin’s intractable nature.

 
  • Sugar Cookie Martini

    Making sugar cookies during the holidays is a special tradition, but what if your could take the cookie and its flavor and incorporate it into a holiday cocktail?

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup whole milk
    • ¼ cup Baileys
    • 2 oz vanilla vodka
    • 2 oz amaretto
    • Ice
    • ½ cup vanilla frosting
    • ¼ cup sprinkles
    • Pre-made sugar cookie dough

    Instructions

    1. Pre-heat oven and following your cookie dough’s baking instructions but be sure to cut the cookies into holiday-themed shapes (candy canes are a perfect choice). Bake and let cool.
    2. Spread the vanilla frosting on the rim of the martini glass and garnish with sprinkles.
    3. Do the same to your sugar cookies.
    4. In a cocktail shaker combine the milk, amaretto, Baileys, and vodka. Add ice and shake until cold.
    5. Pour into a martini glass and top with sugar cookie garnish.
  • Peppermint Martini

    This easily made martini keeps the holiday vibes going with its peppermint flavor and if you want to feel fancy, garnish with a candy cane as well! Quick and simple, perfectly suited for the Christmas party animals out there.

    Ingredients

    • 5 oz vanilla vodka
    • 2 oz white crème de menthe
    • ½ oz peppermint schnapps

    Instructions

    1. Combine vodka, crème de menthe, and the peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker over ice
    2. Shake until cold
    3. Strain into a martini glass
  • Eggnog Martini

    It is not Christmas without eggnog in our opinion. This creamy and delicious martini is the best both of both worlds. It is even convinced some of our non-eggnog loving friends to give the drink a try! Simple and quick to make this martini is perfect for holiday parties.

    Ingredients

    • 3 oz eggnog
    • 1 oz vanilla vodka
    • 1 oz amaretto liqueur

    Instructions

    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients
    2. Shake until cold and serve into a chilled martini glass
    3. Added grated nutmeg over the drink (optional) and serve

Cocktails

A catch-all term for nearly all mixed drinks made with liquor, the cocktail is as varied and multiplicious as a sunset. Nearly every major liquor has some sort of cocktail associated with it, and often it has many more.

Our holiday picks include a variety of options to choose from, whether it's something with vodka or something with whiskey, you will be sure to find something that your party guest will love!

 
  • Mudslide Cocktail

    The ideal boozy milkshake, the mudslide is creamy, sweet, and rich. Our version is not chock full of ice cream, so you’ll be able to enjoy this cocktail without a spoon. Oh, and if you are a serious chocolate fiend, feel free to garnish with chocolate shavings from your favorite candy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ oz vodka
    • 1 ½ oz heavy cream
    • 1 oz coffee liqueur
    • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
    • Chocolate shavings (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake till cold.
    2. Strain into a chilled coupe or fizz glass.
    3. As an optional garnish, top with chocolate shavings.
  • Apple Cobbler Cocktail

    A perennial Autumnal dish, the apple cobbler screams holidays as the apples are beginning to be harvested, the weather gets colder, and the leaves begin to change color. Why not be extra decadent and sip this alongside a slice of warm apple cobbler and ice cream?

    Ingredients

    • 1.5 oz bourbon
    • ½ oz vermouth
    • ½ oz apple and clove syrup
    • ½ oz egg white
    • ½ oz apple juice
    • ½ oz lime juice

    Instructions

    1. Add all the ingredients over ice to a cocktail shaker and shake till well-chilled
    2. Double strain over a chilled glass and serve

Hot Chocolate

Who does not love hot cocoa on winter’s day? From its Mesoamerican origins to its introduction to Europe and then the world over, hot cocoa is a staple of the holidays. But how do you make chocolate even better? By making it alcoholic of course!
Our picks update this holiday favorite for the adults by including some holiday favorites like gingerbread, cinnamon, and others to create amazingly delicious drinks that are festive and flavorful.

 
  • Rumchata Hot Chocolate

    The cream, cinnamon, and vanilla liqueur of Rumchata is a perfect foil for the sweetness of hot chocolate. Put the two together and you have a deliciously decadent adult hot chocolate that is sure to delight party guests everywhere.

    Ingredients

    • 2 ½ cup whole milk
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 6 oz chocolate chips
    • ½ cup Rumchata
    • 1/3 cup warm caramel
    • Whipped cream (for serving)
    • Cinnamon sugar (for garnish)
    • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Bring the milk to simmer over medium heat in a saucepan
    2. Whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and vanilla and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
    3. Added in the Rumchata and remove from heat.
    4. Pour caramel into a small dish and rim the glass with the caramel.
    5. Pour the Rumchata hot chocolate into the glass and top with whipped cream.
    6. For an optional garnish add cinnamon sugar and cinnamon stick before serving.
  • Spiked Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

    Gingerbread cookies are a staple of the holidays, as is hot chocolate. Putting them together is a delicious treat but putting them together in an alcoholic drink is even better. Perfect to complement a baking party with your girlfriends or just to surprise your party guests with a flavorful warm drink guaranteed to beat the cold.

    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 3 cups whole milk
    • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
    • 8 oz milk chocolate
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 3 shots of gingerbread liqueur
    • Chocolate whipped cream (optional)
    • Marshmallow bits (optional)
    • Gingerbread cookies (optional)

    Instructions

    1. In a bowl mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt
    2. In a saucepan, heat the milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
    3. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the hot milk to the cocoa powder mixture. Mix to create a paste
    4. Once wet, add the mixture to the hot milk, turn heat to low, and whisk continuously until smooth.
    5. Once smooth add in the milk chocolate, vanilla, and gingerbread liquor
    6. Top with chocolate whipped cream
    7. As optional garnish top with marshmallow bits and gingerbread cookies
  • Buttered Rum Hot Chocolate

    Buttered Rum may sound strange to some folks but this gives the hot chocolate an extra kick of velvety deliciousness that just can’t be beaten.

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup unsalted butter
    • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • ½ cup light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ¾ cup dark rum
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • Freshly grated nutmeg (for serving)

    Instructions

    1. Set a saucepan over barely simmering water and melt the butter and chocolate.
    2. Stir until smooth then whisk in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
    3. Bring the 2 ½ cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add rum and the chocolate mixture until combined.
    4. Using a standing mixer, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form
    5. Fill your mug with the hot chocolate, add the whipped cream, and for garnish, grate nutmeg over the top before serving.

Rum

Famous for being the drink of choice for pirates and synonymous with the West Indies, rum is made from distilling sugarcane juice. Sweet, spicy, and rich, rum is perfect to incorporate into various holiday cocktails to give them a little kick for your holiday party get-togethers.

 
  • Hot Buttered Rum

    This popular fall and winter drink has a long history within the United States dating back to the country’s colonial days. This drink combines a delicious bouquet of warm spices with the rich bite of rum for a drink that is sure to warm the whole body up during the cold winter months.

    Ingredients

    • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
    • ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
    • ¼ cup honey
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • ¾ cup spiced rum
    • 2 cup boiling water
    • 4 sticks of cinnamon (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Using an electric mixture, combine the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and mix until smooth and blended.
    2. Transfer the mixture to a cup that is at least 4 cup measuring cup.
    3. Add the boiling water and rum and stir until the butter dissolves.
    4. Pour into a mug of your choice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  • Butterbeer Rum

    This drink may be famous for being the drink of choice for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, however, this drink does have its real-life origins in Tudor England (c. the 1500s). The buttered beer is mixed with spiced rum and various herbs to give this

    Ingredients

    • 6 cups of water
    • 2 cans of cream soda
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup butterscotch syrup
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups spiced rum
    • Whipped cream (for serving)
    • Gold sanding sugar (for serving)

    Instructions

    1. In a crock-pot, combine water, cream soda, butter, sugar, ¼ cup butterscotch, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and salt.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 3 ½ hours until warm and butter has fully melted
    3. Stir in rum
    4. Pouring the remaining butterscotch syrup on a plate and rim the serving glass with the syrup
    5. Fill your serving glasses with the buttered rum and top with whipped cream and sanding sugar before serving.

Moscow Mule

Not traditionally thought of as a holiday beverage, the Moscow mule’s ingredients can be easily swapped out for holiday flavors to create a mule that is perfectly in line with the festive spirit of the holidays.

 
  • “Mistletoe” Mule

    This seasonal version of a Moscow Mule we call a “Mistletoe” Mule is a nice change of pace as we move into the holidays. Fresh and bright with an add wintery blast of mint and candy cane make this drink zing. If you do not like pomegranate seeds, you do not have to include those in, but the mint and candy canes are 100% mandatory to include!!

    Ingredients

    • Ice
    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz of lime juice
    • 1 can ginger beer
    • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
    • 2 crushed candy canes
    • Mint sprigs (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Fill a mug with ice and combine vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
    2. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, crushed candy cane, and mint spring for garnish before serving
  • Apple Cider Mule

    Combining the warm flavors of apple cider with the cool sweetness of the Moscow Mule, this combination is a yin and yang of Autumn and Winter. This one is sure to be a party favorite!

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz ginger beer
    • 1.5 oz vodka
    • 2 oz apple cider
    • 0.5 lime juice (squeezed)
    • Ice
    • Apple slices (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Combine ginger beer, vodka, apple cider, and lime juice over ice in a copper mug.
    2. Stir to combined and garnish with fresh apple slices for garnish before serving.
  • Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Like the Apple Cider Mule, this drink adds in a splash of cranberry to round this Mule and make it a bit more multi-dimensional. Quick and easy to make, this drink is great to make in batches ahead of time for a holiday party.

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz cran-apple juice
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice
    • 2 oz Ginger beer
    • Ice
    • Cranberries (for garnish)
    • Apple slices (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Combine vodka, cranberry-apple juice, fresh lime juice, ginger beer in a mug over ice
    2. Stir to combine well
    3. Before serving garnish with fresh cranberries and apple slices for garnish.
  • Moscow Mule Punch

    Unlike our other Mule recipes here, this is a more traditional recipe that is made for larger parties that can be scaled up or down depending on how many people you plan on inviting to your holiday get-together. Just make sure you have enough copper mugs!

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of ice
    • 4 cups of ginger beer
    • 3 cups of vodka
    • 1 cup lime juice
    • 1 cup mint leaves
    • 2 limes (sliced)

    Instructions

    1. In a large punch bowl combine ice, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, lime slices, and mint.
    2. Stir to combine and ladle into cupper mugs or glasses and garnish with more mint.

Holiday Favorites

From eggnog to old fashioneds, Irish coffee, spiced wine, and more, it cannot be a REAL holiday party without knowing how to whip up these perennial holiday cocktail staples!

 
  • Hot Spiced Cider

    This go-to drink combines the Fall favorite of apple cider, with a variety of spices and warming it together to create an aromatic and flavorful drink that’s sure to warm the whole body up as the temperature gets colder.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon whole allspice
    • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 large orange, quartered with peel
    • 1-quart apple cider

    Instructions

    1. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients
    2. Over medium heat, allow the warm cider to slowly come to a soft simmer
    3. Once simmering, turn off the heat and let it steep for 5 minutes
    4. Remove orange slices, cinnamon stick, and cloves from the mixture and serve
  • Irish Coffee

    While coffee cocktails are nothing new, the creamy richness of Irish coffee cannot be beaten. Make sure you choose a nice Irish whiskey like Teeling or Bushmills single malt. For those who don’t want the whiskey to be the center-piece, go for a nice Tullamore Dew, and if you want to make this shine, freshly roasted and ground coffee is the way to go.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey
    • Heavy cream (slightly whipped)

    Instructions

    1. Pre-heat a glass mug with warm water.
    2. Pour in coffee until ¾ full.
    3. Add whiskey and brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
    4. Pour the heavy cream over a spoon to form a “head” of cream and serve.
  • Gingerbread Eggnog

    Delicious for either breakfast or brunch, this eggnog serves up the holiday vibes with a dash of gingerbread flavoring for an extra kick of Christmas!

    Ingredients

    • 6 large egg yolks
    • ½ cup of granulated sugar
    • 3 cups of milk
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon allspice
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon dark molasses

    Instructions

    1. Separate egg whites from yolks and add the yolks to a medium-sized bowl. Add sugar and use a stand mixer to mix until it's light yellow, creamy, and smooth.
    2. Place a cinnamon stick in milk and heat the milk until simmering. Add in spices, vanilla, and molasses.
    3. Slowly ladle small amounts of the hot milk over the egg mixture while whisking to temper the eggs. Repeat 2-3 times.
    4. Add the egg mixture to the milk mixture and bring it to a simmer on the stove. Turn off the heat once the mixture reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. Place in a large glass bowl, chill for at least 4 hours and mix in rum when chilled.
  • White Russian

    The drink was given a second life from 1998’s The Big Lebowski. However, the drink existed long before. You can customize this a few ways, from including hot coffee to switching out the heavy cream for vanilla ice cream. The original is quite nice just as it is.

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz Kahlua
    • 1 splash of heavy cream
    • Ice

    Instructions

    1. Add vodka and Kahlua over ice
    2. Add a splash of heavy cream and stir
  • Apple Pie Moonshine

    Perfect for parties, just make sure guests don’t go overboard as this has some serious kick. Better yet, it makes a perfect holiday gift and because of the large quantity of our recipe, batches can be made for close friends, family, and even co-workers!

    Ingredients

    • ½ gallon apple cider
    • ½ gallon apple juice
    • 4 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 whole clove
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 3 cups 190 proof grain alcohol
    • 2 cups vanilla vodka

    Instructions

    1. Combine apple cider, juice, white and brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and clove
    2. Bring to an almost boil. Cover with lid and reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
    3. Remove from heat and cool completely
    4. Add alcohol and vodka and remove the cinnamon stick and cloves
    5. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate.
  • Bourbon Milk Punch

    This upfront party favorite is sure to make a wave at your next holiday party. With a creamy body, this cocktail brings holiday flavor like nutmeg to the function for a delicious drink.

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 3 oz whole milk
    • 1 oz simple syrup
    • 2 dashes of vanilla extract
    • Freshly grated nutmeg (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
    2. Pour in whole milk, vanilla, simple syrup, and bourbon and shake vigorously.
    3. Strain over a cocktail glass and add freshly grated nutmeg before serving.
  • Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

    This whiskey sour is a delightful twist on the cocktail that serves up an effervescent charm. If you don’t have time to make your cranberry syrup, you can substitute orange juice as a replacement.

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cup of fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1 cup of water
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • 4 oz cinnamon-flavored whiskey
    • 1 ¼ oz lemon juice
    • 1 oz cranberry syrup
    • Ice
    • Fresh cranberries (for garnish)

    Instructions

    1. To make the cranberry syrup: place cranberries in a medium saucepan with water and sugar. Stir to combine. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low then simmer until cranberries begin to fall apart. Strain the mixture and set aside to come to room temperature.
    2. When preparing to serve: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add whiskey, lemon juice, and cranberry syrup. Shake for 30 seconds.
    3. Fill a glass with ice and top with fresh cranberries, strain the cocktail into the glass and serve
  • Spiced Mulled Wine

    Spiced mulled wine is another holiday classic. This drink was more popular back in the late 40s and 50s, but in recent years it’s seen a resurgence as a holiday drink. As with cooking with wine, you want to choose a red wine you already enjoy drinking to make this treat.

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle of Red wine
    • 3 Orange slices
    • Whole Clove
    • Star Anise
    • Whole Cinnamon stick
    • 1 oz brandy (optional)
    • Another fruit like cranberry or blackberry (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and stir to combine.
    2. Bring a simmer, reduce to low, and let the mixture simmer for at least 15 minutes.
    3. Strain out the spices from the heated wine and top with your favorite garnish before serving.
  • Winter Spiced Old Fashioned

    One of the original cocktails before more advanced techniques were developed, the humble old fashioned is well old fashioned for a reason; it is delicious and its ingredients make something truly special when combined. Adding some additional holiday zest with additional spices kicks this old-fashioned into the modern era.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 cup of water
    • 3 cardamom pods
    • 1 star anise
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 12 oz sweet bourbon or whiskey
    • 1 orange
    • 8 fresh cherries

    Instructions

    1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and spices. Bring to a simmer then cover and remove from heat to steep for at least 30 minutes
    2. Add some cherries and an orange wedge and mull them together in a glass
    3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the syrup, whiskey or bourbon, and ice and shake until chilled.
    4. Pour the mixture into your glass with the mulled orange and cherries. Add a cinnamon stick, and other orange slices, and the remaining cherries for garnish before serving.
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