24 Winter Cocktails to Help You Brave the Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this booze is so delightful... ♪

Little known fact: winter is *the* season for drinking. You're stuck inside all the time (bring out the wine), the holidays are right around the corner (bring out the schnapps), and you're sad that it's not sunny outside (bring out the vodka). To treat your #SeasonalAffectiveDisorder and raise your spirits, here are 24 cocktails that will act as a warm pick-me-up all winter long.

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1 Spellbound Smash

Ingredients:

2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon

¾ part Demerara Syrup*

2 dashes Angostura® Bitters

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Half of a Lemon

5 Fresh Blackberries

3 Sage Leaves (2 for garnish)

1 sprig of Thyme (for garnish)

Directions:

Place half of a lemon and the blackberries into a cocktail shaker and lightly press with the back of a bar spoon. Add remaining ingredients, including one sage leaf, to cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with remaining two sage leaves and a sprig of thyme.

*Demerara Syrup can be purchased, or homemade by combining a 1:1 ratio of Demerara sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Created by Stephen Cole (Chicago, IL)

2 Chili Chocolate Sombrero

Ingredients:

1 part Kahlua Chili Chocolate

Poured Milk

Directions:

Pour milk over 1 part Kahlúa Chili Chocolate, then simply taste and enjoy!

Courtesy of Kahlúa Chili Chocolate

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3 Fireside

Ingredients:

40 ml. Grey Goose Original

10 ml. No. 2 Organic Maple Syrup

1 Sprig of Rosemary, leaves pulled off

1 Pinch of Salt

50 ml. Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice

Directions:

In the bottom of a rock glass briefly crush the rosemary leaves into the maple and salt. Fill with good quality ice and add the Grey Goose. Top with fresh pink grapefruit juice and stir well. Garnish with an extra sprig of rosemary.

Courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka

4 The Mumm Apres Rouge

Ingredients:

3 oz G.H. Mumm Champagne

3/4 Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio of cane sugar to water)

3/4 oz. Lime Juice

2 Cucumber Slices

4 Mint Leaves

1/4 oz. Ginger Juice

1 oz. Pomegranate Juice

Sprig of Mint, for garnish

Directions:

Muddle everything except the champagne. After muddling, add G.H. Mumm and ice and hold tight. Shake/strain over ice in a champagne glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Created by cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello for G.H. Mumm Champagne

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5 Dark as Night

Ingredients:

1 part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum

1/4 part Falernum Syrup

1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice

6 parts Cider

Directions:

Combine Black Strap, falernum syrup, and fresh lime juice in a mixing glass. Pour cider into a rocks glass and slowly float mixture over top of the cider. Finish with fresh grated nutmeg and a lime or orange peel.

Courtesy of Cruzan Black Strap Rum

6 Truffe D'Hiver

Ingredients:

40 ml. Grey Goose Le Citron

25 ml. Fresh Lemon Juice

15 ml. Fino Sherry

15 ml. Simple Syrup (1:1)

Truffle Oil or Fresh Truffle

Directions:

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with either freshly grated truffle or truffle oil.

Courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka

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7 Winter Elixir

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. VDKA 6100®

1 sprig Rosemary

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Pomegranate Juice

2 oz. Soda

Lemon Wheel and Rosemary Sprig, for garnish

Directions:

Muddle the rosemary and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and VDKA 6100. Shake and strain into a highball glass, then top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.

Courtesy of VDKA 6100

8 Black Sage

Ingredients:

1 Part Coffee Liqueur

1 Part Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice

A Splash of Heavy Cream

Sage Leaf, for garnish

Directions:

Mix coffee liqueur and Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice in cocktail glass. Just before serving, gently add cream and garnish with a sage leaf.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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9 Quittin' Thyme

Ingredients:

1 ½ Parts Aperol

1½ Parts Gin

1 dash of Angostura Bitters

1 part Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Ice

Sprig of Thyme

Directions:

Rub Thyme sprig on rim of chilled martini glasses. Shake Aperol & Gin with ice and pour into glass. Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Ice and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

10 Jam le Sam

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Maple Syrup (Noble Tonic 2, aged in bourbon barrels)

3/4 oz. Homemade Cranberry & Pink Pepper Marmalade

Directions:

Shake all ingredients between 15 to 20 seconds. Filter all ingredients into an old fashioned glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with an ice scoop with berries.

Created by Nader Chabaane, the director of mixology at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

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