10 winter cocktails to warm you up.
As the temperature drops and the weather becomes more unpredictable, it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to keep your spirits high. Whether you are keeping cosy under a blanket at home or braving the weather out on the town, chilly days call for warm drinks. From spiked hot cocoa to extra boozy concoctions, warm up to winter with these 10 cold-weather cocktails!
Candy Cane Cocktail Step right into Christmas with this tasty cocktail, perfect for the holiday season. Start by placing crushed candy canes on a small end plate. Next, wet the outside rim of a chilled martini glass with water and, holding the glass by the stem, rotate the rim to coat it with candy. Then grab a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, creme de menthe, cranberry juice and ice. Shake until well combined, strain into prepared glass, serve immediately and enjoy.
Pomegranate Mimosas Brighten up any wintry day with these eye-catching, ruby-red mimosas. Pour ¼ cup of sweetened pomegranate juice equally into champagne flutes and top off with champagne. Then complete your masterpiece by garnishing your drinks with pomegranate seeds. That’s it! This cocktail is both very simple to make and really delicious.
Bloody MaryThis ingenious creation is the ultimate drink for chilly mornings. With hundreds of variations, from heavy-on-the-hot-sauce to adding a splash of Guinness on top, you can customise your cocktail any way you want. You can make it as spicy as you desire and even switch out the vodka for another spirit. While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary’s staying power leaves no question.
Classic ManhattanIf you are craving something in the realm of a Martini then this concoction is ideal for chilly days. Make your Manhattan with rye, Canadian whiskeys or bourbon, indulging only in the best premium brands to warm up your night.
Winter MargaritaRevamp a traditional margarita by adding an egg white and splitting the base between reposado tequila and mezcal. You can still experience those summer flavours but with the added thickness in the body and the smokiness of mezcal.
Irish CoffeeNot your average coffee, this fan favourite has long been cemented into the winter cocktail hall of fame and remains one of the most iconic ways to spike your coffee. The classic Irish coffee is simple: mix Irish whiskey, sugar, cream and the strongest coffee you can get your hands on. This rich drink will rejuvenate your senses and warm you up better than any other steaming mug can.
Hot Buttered RumA hug in a mug, this irresistible winter staple epitomises the idea of comfort. Warm, buttery-smooth with a hint of spice, you can enjoy this drink with close friends at the bar or curled up on the couch on your own. With an unbelievably simple recipe you can make a large batch of the butter batter one evening and have it on hand for a quick drink for days to come.
Hot Honey Lemon with VodkaAre the sniffles, coughs, and sneezes getting the better of you? This potent mix is just the trick. Honey, lemon and vodka create the perfect weapon to fight flu season. Popular in Eastern Europe and Asia, this sweet warm drink helps scrub the body of germs and it sure beats a trip to the pharmacy!
German Mulled WineDelicious, warming and perfect for cold nights, sangria and mulled wine can fix any problem this winter. This traditional German beverage is a wonderful mix of mulled cider, sangria and punch, generally offered during the Christmas holidays. The secret to a perfect mulled wine is to toast the spices in a pan for a short while to intensify the flavours. With its sweet and tangy flavours, it tastes like Christmas in a glass.
Tom and JerryA holiday favourite since the 1820’s, Tom and Jerry can be a challenge to make, but is definitely worth it. This classic winter cocktail is flavoured with dark rum and cognac. Sweet, warm and frothy, this drink is often described as a fantastic alternative to Eggnog as it has more of a warm milk punch and has less of an ‘eggy’flavour.
Oh and I forgot to mention Tipple On Tow can serve all of these over the winter season.