26 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 unofficial season for drinking. You're stuck inside all the time (bring out the wine), the holidays are right around the corner (pop open a champagne), and the low daylight hours require a bit more winter cheer (pour up some vodka). To treat your #SeasonalAffectiveDisorder and lift your spirits, here are 26 cocktails that will act as a warm pick-me-up.

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1 Hot Chai Spice

Ingredients: 

1 oz. Cazadores Anejo

½ oz. Perfect Puree Blood Orange

1 oz. Agave Nectar

4 oz. Hot Chai Tea

3 Whole Cloves

Whipped Cream

Cinnamon Powder

Orange Peel

Directions: 

In a coffee mug combine all the ingredients, top with whipped cream, cinnamon powder, and orange peel.

Created by Manny Hinojosa of Ghost Donkey

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2 Winter's Ginger

Ingredients:

2 oz. TROPICANA Lemonade

¼ oz. Honey Syrup*

¼ oz. Ginger Syrup**

1 ½ oz. Scotch

Candied Ginger, for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain over ice in a rocks glass, then garnish with candied ginger.

* Combine 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a clean glass jar.Cover and refrigerate.

** Combine 1 cup of fresh, chopped ginger, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 ½ cups water  in a large pot and stir until it comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for one hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup twice through a sieve or cheesecloth into a glass jar and refrigerate.

Courtesy of Tropicana

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3 Almande Horchata

Ingredients:

2 oz. Baileys Almande

3/4 cup Almond Milk

1/4 Tbsp. Honey

1/4 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract

Nutmeg, for garnish

Directions:

Combine Baileys Almande, almond milk, honey, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a coffee mug over fresh ice. Garnish with nutmeg.

Courtesy of Baileys

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4 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)

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5 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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6 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

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7 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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8 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

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9 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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10 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

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