Winter Cocktails: These are a Few of My Favorite Drinks

Updated: Dec 23, 2020



If nothing else the Pandemic has us perfecting our favorite cocktails. Here are a few recipes we love to drink in the winter. Most are adaptations of other people's recipes, classics and our best guesses on restaurant drinks. Each recipe makes one cocktail, double if you have a date. At the end I will link to some of the ingredients and tools needed. As well as my favorite cocktail glasses. The top photo is by Brooke Lark on Unsplash. The rest are my own actual drinks. Which I then promptly consumed.


Cold Drinks





California Gold

1/2 oz of honey

1/2 oz of lavender syrup

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 oz bourbon

Shaken not stirred, with ice.

Served in a round martini glass with lemon peel garnish.












Ode to Dorothy Parker

1/2 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz grenadine

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 oz gin

1 oz bourbon

Shaken not stirred, with ice.

Served on ice in a lowball glass with a luxardo cherry.









Chocolate Orange Manhattan

2 oz bourbon

1 oz creme de cacao

1 oz sweet vermouth

Shaken not stirred.

2-3 shakes of orange bitters

Served in a low ball glass with a luxardo cherry and an orange slice or peel for garnish.











Cardamom Sidecar

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 oz cognac

1 oz Cointreau

Shaken not stirred.

2-3 shakes of cardamom bitters

Served in a round martini glass with a lemon slice garnish.













Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic

Muddled fresh strawberries and basil leaves

2 oz pink gin (made with strawberries)

3 oz tonic water

1/2 oz simple syrup

Stirred not shaken.

Served in a highball glass.













Poinsettia

1 oz raspberry liquor or brandy

1 oz cranberry juice (no sugar is best)

2 oz prosecco

Poured not shaken or stirred.

Served in a champagne glass with cranberries and a rosemary sprig.














Vermont Whiskey Sour

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz maple syrup

2 oz bourbon

Shaken not stirred.

Served in a lowball with a luxardo cherry and dash of cinnamon (optional).













Pomegranate Moscow Mule

2 oz vodka

2 oz ginger beer

2 oz pomegranate juice

Mix in mint leaves and pomegranate seeds.

Stirred not shaken.

Served in a copper mug.









Hot Drinks






Caramel Kissed Cider

4 oz apple cider

1 oz caramel vodka

1 oz spiced rum

dash of cinnamon (optional)

Stirred not shaken.

Served heated in a glass mug with a cinnamon stick garnish.













Salted Caramel Irish Coffee

4 oz coffee (decaf is fine or a flavored roast)

1 oz Salted Caramel Bailey's

Stirred not shaken

Topped with 2 oz caramel creamer steamed and foamed.

Heated and served in a coffee mug (optional caramel drizzle on top).













Edinburgh Fog

4 oz of hot brewed Earl Grey Tea (optional add lavender)

1 oz of Drambuie

Stirred not shaken

Topped with 2 oz vanilla creamer or almond milk steamed and foamed (optional add lavender syrup)

Served in a coffee mug.






Cheers! Sante! Prost! Salud! Skal! Gesondheid!


Tools: Ingredients: Glasses:

Bartender Tool Kit Luxardo Cherries Rounded Crystal Coupe Glass

Juice Squeezer Ginger Beer Lowball Cocktail Glass

Cutting Board and Knife Lavender Syrup Highball Cocktail Glass

Peeler Cardamom Bitters Champagne Flute

Orange Bitters Coupe Glass

Grenadine Glass Mug

Caramel Drizzle Initial Mug

Vermont Maple Syrup Lilly Pulitzer Mug

Honey



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