Cozy Winter Cocktails |
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The colder weather has us bundling up and cozying under multiple blankets by the fire. What better way to coax ourselves out of bed each morning than a deliciously comforting morning cocktail?! Of course, you can enjoy these cocktails in the evening, too.

We’ve included a range of winter morning sips below from a creamy and energizing Irish Coffee, to a savory and filling Bloody Mary, a twist on the Spiked Spiced Cider, and more. Whatever your beverage of choice is, it’s sure to be the perfect start to any ski day, holiday vacation, or just an average morning (we won’t tell anyone if you don’t)!


2 ounces Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
2 teaspoons Demerara sugar
4 ounces freshly brewed coffee
Topped (slowly) with heavy cream

Garnish: Coffee beans

Method: Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add the Demerara sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients and top with heavy cream. Garnish with coffee beans.

HO-HO-HOT CHOCOLATE Winter cocktail with decorative elements.

2 ounces Crystal Head Onyx
6 ounces hot chocolate
Bar spoon ancho chili powder (optional)
Toasted marshmallow

Method: Build Crystal Head Onyx and warm hot chocolate in a glass and stir. For extra flare, add ancho chili powder. Garnish with toasted marshmallow and grated cinnamon.


2 ounces Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
5 ounces freshly brewed coffee
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Whipped cream for topping

Directions: Add fresh coffee to glass, stir in white and brown sugar until dissolved. Add Tanteo Chipotle Tequila and stir. Top with whipped cream.

SEAGRAM’S CLASSIC BLOODY MERRY More winter cocktails? How about a Bloody Merry?

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 ounce olive juice
1⁄4 ounce balsamic vinegar
1–2 dashes Tabasco
1⁄2 ounce tomato juice
1⁄2 ounce lemon juice
1⁄2 teaspoon horseradish
Black pepper
Garlic powder

Method: Rim a pint glass or Mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives and onions, lime and lemon rounds.


By Judy Elahi, Corporate Bar Director, 101 Hospitality, Micheles, Baker’s Daughter, & Gravitas, Washington, DC

2 oz Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky
0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
0.5 ounce Secret Spice syrup (see below)
1.5 ounce Apple Cider
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Pink Salt Saline Syrup (see below)
Apple slices dipped in grated nutmeg

Combine all ingredients except Starward and garnish in a saucepan. Heat on very low until simmering. Remove from heat, add Starward and stir to combine. Pour into a heatproof mug, garnish, and serve.


2 parts sugar
1 part water
1 pinch Espelette (or sweet or smoked paprika)
1 bay leaf
1 pinch Szechuan and pink peppercorns
1 pinch Aleppo pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to combine. Let cool, strain spices and store for two weeks in the refrigerator.


2 parts pink Himalayan salt
1 part hot water

Combine both ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cool and use in cocktails.

We have more winter cocktail ideas here.

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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