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Winter Cocktails

Winter Cocktails | 8 Indulgent Cocktails For The Cooler Months

Winter Cocktails

Winter cocktails are some of our favourite indulgences. Often when we think of cocktails, we imagine lying by the pool in the summer enjoying a delicious fruity cocktail. However, there is something rather indulgent about sitting by the fireside with something rich and delicious (cocktails! – we are talking about cocktails).

From hot toddy’s and whisky sours to red wine cocktails, there are winter cocktails to suit everyone’s taste. SO start making that ingredients list…because we guarantee there will be more than one that you want to try.

1. Winter Cocktails – Caramel & Apple Hot Toddy with Cinnamon

Winter Cocktails - Caramel and Apple Hot Toddy

Image Source – Delicious.com.au 

Caramel and Apple Hot Toddy with Cinnamon – just the name of this one sounds delicious!

There is no better way to warm the soul than with a hot toddy! People have used the Classic Hot Toddy recipe for years to help soothe a cough or a cold – but we love the idea of this one with an indulgent twist!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 2/3 cup (165ml) apple juice
  • 4 cinnamon quills
  • 2/3 cup (165ml) apple pie liqueur (we recommend Moreau brand – substitute Calvados)
  • Whipped cream, to add on top
  • Ground cinnamon, to dust

Method

To make you will need a saucepan, but the method is very simple.

  1. Place the sugar in a medium saucepan over a high heat with 1 tbs of water.
  2. Cook, swirling the pan, for 5-6 minutes or until golden and caramel.
  3. Using a metal spoon careful of the steam), stir in 2 cups (500ml) of water and swirl the pan until caramel and water are combined.
  4. Lastly, stir in apple juice and cinnamon quills, then stir in the liqueur.
  5. To serve, divide among your glasses (try our Copper Moscow Mule Mugs or Brass & Black Whisky Glasses) and generously spoon over whipped cream and sprinkle with  cinnamon to serve.

So there you have it, a delicious and decadent cocktail so enjoy by the fireside!

2. Winter Cocktails – Cinnamon Butter Rum

Warm up winter with a glass of fabulously flavoured cinnamon butter rum. It’s delightfully rich and soothing to make you feel all warm inside. It’s a hug in a glass!

Like some of our other Winter Cocktail recipes, you will need to get your saucepan out to make this one as it involves melting butter and sugar together. This winter cocktail is simple to make with minimal ingredients.

Winter Cocktails - Cinnamon Butter Rum

Image Source – BBC Good Food

Ingredients

  • 25g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 200ml spiced rum

 

Method

  1. Gently heat the butter, golden caster sugar and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Next, stir in the spiced rum, then pour into your favourite CLINQ glasses and enjoy!

3. Winter Cocktails – The Nutty Irishman

Winter Cocktails - The Nutty IrishmanImage and recipe source Delish.com

We just love the name of this one! It looks so fun! Also, just look at all of that whipped cream and nuts piled on top, looks like a delicious alcoholic ice cream sundae.  This winter cocktail would look A-mazing in our Coupe Cocktail Glasses.

Ingredients

  1. Irish Cream (such a Baileys)
  2. Hazelnut liqueur (such as Frangelico – you could also try amaretto)
  3. Crushed hazelnuts

 

Method

You will need a cocktail shaker for this one and lots of ice. It’s simple to make, simply add all the ingredients to your shaker, give it a good shake and pour.

Garnish with lashings of Irish whipped cream and chopped hazelnuts for a decadent experience.

You can read the full winter cocktail recipe here

4. Winter Cocktails – Campfire Cocktail

Winter Cocktail - Campfire Cocktail

Image and recipe source Kegworks

The ultimate winter cocktail – a Campfire Old Fashioned. This beautifully sweet and smokey cocktail will always leave you wanting s’more and takes you back to nights around the campfire roasting marshmallows and telling stories in just one sip.

This cocktail blends bourbon, marshmallow syrup (you could try making your own) and Angostura Cocoa bitters for a touch of chocolatey sweetness, and then infused with smoky campfire flavour using a cocktail smoking box.

It’s a little more tricky than some of the other cocktails  (it involves a cocktail smoking box) we have featured in this blog, but 100% worth the effort and one that budding mixologists will enjoy!

The final flourish is marshmallow garnish, lightly charred or burnt to a crisp with a lighter or torch. We’ll toast to that.

Ingredients

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Marshmallow Syrup
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Cocoa Cocktail Bitters
  • 1 large Marshmallow (for garnish)

Method

  1. Place one large ice cube in a rocks glass and add the bourbon, syrup and bitters. Stir to chill, then place in a smoking box. Smoke for 30 seconds. Garnish with a marshmallow, ignite it, and serve.

If you need a large ice cube – check out our Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Marshmallow Syrup

You can buy Marshmallow Syrup here. Or you could get fancy and make your own!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 large Marshmallows

 

Method

  1. To make your own marshmallow syrup, bring 1/2 cup of water to a simmer in a small saucepan, and then add in the sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  2. Add in marshmallows and stir until dissolved. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle.

Whoop! You just made your own marshmallow cocktail syrup!

5. Winter Cocktails – Cranberry Mimosa

The simplest of simple winter cocktails. This rich-red Cranberry Mimosa contains champagne and cranberry juice – thats it.

Give it a cold wintery look with fresh cranberries and sparkling sugar around the rim.

Winter Cocktails - Cranberry Mimosas

Image and recipe source – Delish.com

6. Winter Cocktails – The Jubilee Cocktail

Winter Cocktails - Jubilee Cocktails

Image and recipe source – Liquor.com

Red wine and winter just go together, so it makes sense that we feature a red wine cocktail in our list of favourite Winter Cocktails.

The Jubilee cocktail is a winter cocktail created by New York bartender Jeremy Oertel, combining red wine, vodka, and spiced pear liqueur with maple syrup.

With its red wine and fruity flavours, this winter cocktail could be seen as a winter sangria, but the full measure of vodka keeps it squarely in the spirit-based cocktail category.

There is no need to use your best wine when making a Jubilee winter cocktail as any complex flavours will get lost with the other ingredients. So save that bottle for a special occasion and go for a budget-friendly option instead.

You can find out how to make the Jubilee cocktail here.

7. Winter Cocktails – Winter Whisky Sour

Image Source – makemeacocktail.com

Super simple to make and uses only 4 easy to find ingredients – this Winter Whisky Sour Cocktail has all the right flavours for a winters night! They key ingredient is obviously a great whisky, and we love how easy it is to customise this drink to your personal taste. Garnish your cocktail with orange peel or berries to give it a classic yet distinctive look.

Ingredients

  • 15ml Orange Juice
  • 15ml Lemon Juice 
  • 7.5ml Sugar Syrup
  • 60ml Bourbon

 

Method

Add the bourbon whisky, sugar syrup, orange juice and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a slice of orange peel and serve.

We also love the look of this Cinnamon Maple Whisky Sour

Winter Cocktails - Cinnamon Maple Whisky Sour

8. Winter Cocktails – Mulled Cider (and wine)

Winter Cocktails - Mulled Cider

Image Source – jamieoliver.com

Grab your favourite cider and make it mulled! Cider is often thought as a summer drink, but by making it Mulled you can enjoy it throughout winter. Makes a great winter BBQ drink, and you can make it in large quantities for a party.

Ingredients

  • 2 litres good-quality traditional cider
  • 6 cloves
  • 3-4 star anise
  • ¼ nutmeg , finely grated into the pan
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod , halved
  • 1 orange , juice of
  • 2 clementines , juice of
  • 1 pomegranate , juice and seeds of
  • 4–5 tablespoons caster sugar

 

Method

  1. Pour the cider into a large pan on a low heat and let it warm through for a few minutes. Add all the spices and juices and turn the heat up.
  2. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and leave to tick away for 5–8 minutes.
  3. As everything infuses you’ll get delicious layers of flavour. Taste it and add sugar as you like. You don’t want it sweet; you just want the sugar to join the spices in a harmonious taste.
  4. When you’re happy with the flavours, ladle into glasses or mugs and serve warm

ps we haven’t forgotten to add Mulled Wine to this list – if you like Mulled Wine check out this recipe and this recipe from previous blog posts

Christmas in July - Mulled Wine in Mug

So which of our indulgent winter cocktails are you going to make first? Let us know in the comments! We would love to know your favourites!

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