Turn a dull December evening into a party in the kitchen with these winter cocktail recipes! When it’s a frozen tundra outside, you can turn to your home bar for warmth. Blustery cold and blinding blizzards can’t compete with the warmth of whiskey. If you’re hunkering down for the biggest snowfall of the year, you’ll definitely want these three winter cocktails on your menu.
Thanks again to @whiskeymoments for their contribution here and in our other article: Hot Toddy Recipes. We like chatting with them and following their feed on Instagram. Follow them for recommendations, laughs, and some whiskey education.
Walking in a Winter Cocktails Wonderland…
1) @whiskeymoments Whiskey Flavored Hot Chocolate
If you can’t get down with hot cocoa this winter, well, what can you get down with? It’s a winter staple. When cheeks are nice and rosy, get nice and cozy–with a mug full of indulgent chocolate and delicious whiskey. And the folks at Whiskey Moments suggest some other key ingredients in their recipe:
Whiskey Flavored Hot Chocolate Recipe
1/4 c. Cocoa powder
2 c. Milk
2 pinches Cayenne pepper
3 oz. Whiskey
Pour cocoa powder, milk, and cayenne into a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until steaming. Add whiskey and pour into cups. Garnish with mint leaves, marshmallows, and caramel.
2) The Figgy-Orange
Leave the figgy pudding behind, but bring on “The Figgy-Orange” from Food & Wine. We’ve vetted these winter cocktails, and this one is a winter winner. It brings the seasonal fruits, and we think you’ll keep coming back for another. And another.
The Figgy-Orange Recipe
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Punt e Mes
1 Tbsp. Fresh orange juice
½ Tbsp. Simple syrup
4 dashes Figgy-Orange Bitters
Combine bourbon, Punt e Mes, fresh orange juice, simple syrup, and bitters in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated fresh nutmeg.
3) Cinnamon-Honey Scotch Sour
This is an easy and memorable one, ladies and gents. You will need a little extra time to do it right, though, so plan ahead. We’re snuggling up close to this whisky (without the e) cocktail from the magazine Saveur. They believe in the friendship between cinnamon and honey, and they’re all about that smoky Scotch flavor that warms us right up during the wintertime. Check out their recipe below!
Cinnamon-Honey Scotch Sour Recipe
For the Cinnamon-Honey Syrup
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 c. Honey
To make the syrup, bring 1 cup of water to a boil, along with the cinnamon sticks, in a small saucepan. Remove it from the heat and let sit for about 10 minutes. Stir in honey and refrigerate overnight. The next day, discard the cinnamon sticks.
For the Cocktail
2 oz. Blended Scotch
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. Cinnamon-honey syrup
To make the cocktail itself, combine the blended Scotch, fresh lemon juice, and cinnamon-honey syrup in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. The pour into a rocks glass over ice.
Ready for Winter?
You can be if you’ve got these three whiskey (and whisky) winter cocktails up your home bar’s sleeve. We invite you to share even more winter cocktails with us below in the comments section. Together, we can build some options for our Prestige community right here. What do you love to drink when it’s cold outside?
One more shout out to @whiskeymoments! Follow them now, y’all. We mean it.
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