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Enjoy a Fantastic Cocktail This Winter
Winter winds bring a change of taste in our drinks and there are many stunning cocktails for you to try on the coldest days of the year. Among the best recipes are those that celebrate the season, are filled with our favorite flavors, and warm up the chill in our bones.
From tempting drinks of peppermint and chocolate to smooth sippers that are as aromatic as they are tasty, there's a great winter cocktail waiting for everyone. Let's take a look at some of our old favorites as well as a... few modern recipes that are sure to please your palate this winter.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Caramel Irish Coffee: A Most Delicious Cup
Put a spin on that classic Irish Coffee and bring some butterscotch into the mix.
Irish whiskey and coffee are natural companions, the 75-year history of the famous Irish Coffee cocktail has proven that. We simply cannot get enough of this pairing and bartenders and drinkers throughout the world continue to find ways to mix them into fun, new, and delicious recipes.
The Caramel Irish Coffee is one such recipe and it certainly is a tasty treat. This Irish Coffee spin-off is extremely simple: brew... the best coffee you can, add Jameson, Bailey's, and butterscotch schnapps, then top it with whipped cream.
It's a fabulous hot, creamy cocktail and it may even become your new after dinner coffee drink.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Almost a Collins: A Celebration of the Blood Orange
Take advantage of winter's gift of the sweet, seasonal citrus.
You may be thinking that the summer is the best time for fresh fruits and, for the most part, you're right. Yet, there are some great finds in the winter produce markets and we need to take advantage of these while they're in season.
While the pomegranate is a great fruit that can only be found in the winter months, it is not alone. The blood orange is equally delightful and you will only find this sweeter citrus from December through... April (give or take depending on the year's crop). This is the perfect time to mix up fun and interesting cocktails like the Habanero Blood Orange Margarita.
If spicy cocktails aren't your pleasure, you will find a fantastic drink like the Almost a Collins cocktail to be a bit more approachable. This fruity sipper mixes a great vodka with fresh-squeezed blood orange juice as well as Dry Sparkling's blood orange soda. To add a little contrast, that homemade cinnamon syrup we love so much is thrown into the mix.
When you're ready for a unique, sparkling cocktail with a true seasonal flair, it's hard to beat this one.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Milk & Honey: The Ultimate Nightcap
Find comfort in a delightful milk cocktail and enjoy a relaxing night.
Grandma always told us that warm milk helps us relax and it's long been a comfort for many before bed. It's time to bring that thought into the world of cocktails and mix up a tasty nightcap.
The key to warming milk is to go slow and low. You do not want your milk to curdle and this is not the time to be impatient. Whether you're mixing up a cocktail like the cognac-based Snow Honey or the classic Milk & Honey, remember... to treat your milk with kindness because bad milk will spoil a perfectly good drink.
The Milk & Honey has long been a favorite in the cocktail scene and it's probably the best known of the milky lot. The 'honey' comes from Benedictine, that sweet honey-flavored herbal liqueur that should be a staple in every well-stocked bar. It adds a wonderful flavor to the milk and since the recipe requires just those two ingredients, even the sleepiest of drinkers can mix it up.
Does the idea of hot milk make your stomach curdle? No worries, you can also enjoy the Milk & Honey cold.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Peppermint Froth: A Mint-Chocolate Delight
Bring a little peppermint into your cocktail routine.
There's something inviting and soothing about a minty cocktail that instantly picks up our spirits. That's why we love it when the days are dark and the temperatures drop. Luckily, there is no shortage of drinks that fall into this category.
Peppermint schnapps is the ideal way to get the flavor into our drinks when the mint in our gardens is under a mound of snow. Most liquor stores offer a few options, from tame schnapps to those... flavor-packed, high-proof liqueurs like Rumple Minze.
One of the most soothing and delightful drink recipes to feature the flavor is the easy Peppermint Froth. This creamy vodka cocktail is quick to mix up and all you need is your favorite premium vodka (Grey Goose or the like), the bottle of peppermint schnapps of your choice, a little syrup, and a touch of cream.
This is a fabulous cocktail that is both simple and satisfying. It's one you'll enjoy all season long.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Midnight Snowstorm: Warm Up With Spiked Cocoa
Are you ready for a night of boozy hot cocoa?
Few drinks are more appropriate for winter than a steaming cup of hot chocolate. It's delicious, it's comforting, and it's the perfect base for an adult libation.
One of our favorite flavors to add to this mug of goodness is mint. We've been mixing it in popular cocktails like the Hot Peppermint Patty for years and there are many ways to approach the boozy mint-chocolate concoction.
Among those is the tasty and simple Midnight Snowstorm. This recipe... allows the cocoa to take care of the rich chocolate flavor and leaves the mint up to both styles of creme de menthe. The best part has to be the drizzle of green creme de menthe overtop a good-sized dollop of whipped cream. It's a beautiful way to dress up the drink.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Snowball: A Refreshing Brandy Classic
Winter cocktails are not all about mint, chocolate, and cream.
There is no need to stick with the stereotypical winter cocktails and all their mint, chocolate, and whatnot. No, winter is also a time when we can sit back and relax with an ice-cold classic and enjoy the simplified, refined taste our grandparents enjoyed.
Brandy is the ideal base for an impressive winter highball. The darker spirit has a warming aspect to it and, sure, you can mix it with peppermint in a drink like the Snowshoe Grog,... but we have a better idea.
The Snow Ball cocktail is straight out of the late 1900s and it's about as classic as a shaken cocktail can get. The mix is simple -- brandy, syrup, egg, and ginger ale -- and it comes together with a certain sophistication. It's an interesting mix and the winter months seem like the perfect time to revive the recipe.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Tanqueray Almond: A Relaxing Winter Sipper
Pour and sip... it doesn't get much easier than that.
Some of the most satisfying cocktails you will find are the simplest. Just look at the famous B&B; two ingredients in a snifter in a warming mix that is both a treat and a comfort on a cold night.
We can use gin in the same way as brandy and snowy days are the perfect setting for that piney flavor we find in our favorite gins. You might want to warm it up and enjoy a Hot Gin Toddy in which those botanicals come to life under steam, or you might... try some a bit more chill.
The Tanqueray Almond is the drink that will fit this need perfectly. It too will use your favorite snifter and the aromatic delight of a fantastic London dry gin mixed with amaretto is an experience you'll relish on a chilly evening.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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UK Sour: Where Scotch, Cinnamon, and Apricot Meet
Winter is scotch season and it's time to play with your whisky.
Whisky is great year-round, but there's something about winter that brings out the scotch-lover in many of us. It's the ideal season to explore new bottles and starting in November you will see whisky makers release their most impressive labels.
When scotch season hits, there's no reason to segregate it in a glass. No, we should be mixing it and exploring the cocktail potential of this great liquor. You do have to be careful and... choose your recipes wisely because you wouldn't want to waste a great scotch.
It is in cocktails like this fascinating UK Sour where Scotch whisky really becomes a drinker's dream. It's simple but flavorful and it pairs a fine single malt with cinnamon, lemon, and apricot.
It gets truly impressive with the red wine float. You get the pleasure of a warming wine lead quickly followed by the smoky whisky. It's a taste few other drinks can match.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Winter Cocktail: Tiki Isn't Reserved for Summer Alone
A single ingredient can bring a summer favorite into the cold months.
Tiki cocktails are great and they can be used to pick up your spirits no matter what time of year it is. Yet, we often set the greats like the Hurricane and Mai Tai aside for the winter (unless we escape to the tropics, of course). It doesn't have to be so.
You can still enjoy a great rum cocktail with a hint of tiki-style in the winter. You simply need to select the right recipe and a classic like the Winter Cocktail is the... perfect place to begin.
This recipe has the rum, sugar, and citrus combination we have come to love. To give it the seasonal flare we're looking for, a little spice from a ginger liqueur and that tiki-specialty known as pimento dram is brought into the mix. It's a playful drink that is sure to wake up your palate.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Frostbite: A Little Nip of Tequila
A creamy, blue tequila cocktail... you're kidding, right?
Sometimes you just have to mix up a drink that is unique and breaks down all preconceptions about a distilled spirit.
Tequila is also one of those liquors that we relegate to warmer days, which is a shame. The explosion of the tequila market has opened up new possibilities. There's no way you can get a taste of all your options if you confine it to a few months of the year.
That is where a cocktail like the Frostbite comes in. It is... certainly not your typical tequila cocktail, but it is blue (so it has that going for it). This fun drink may not be for everyone, but if you've ever wondered what happens when tequila meets creamy chocolate with a hint of orange, here's your answer. It's quite delicious.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Cocktails for the Winter Holidays
As we examine the best drinks of the season, we cannot forget about the fun and festive holidays that winter brings. From Thanksgiving through St. Patrick's Day, there are a number of fun opportunities to throw a party and you'll want to ensure you have the cocktail menu to match.