Winter Cocktails

winter sun
mulled pear
mex chocolat
  • winter sun mulled pear mex chocolat sangria

Who’s Thirsty?

While summer boozing is often combined with rosé and rooftops, winter is about seeking the cozy spots and attempting to stay semi-warm (while still having a great time!) In that case, there are a few cocktails to bring out this season that are festive, fun, delicious and relatively simple to take on. Start thinking up a guest list, the rest is covered.

No one’s judging if you make your hot chocolate with tequila…Plus, you can recreate the recipe below with a few dairy-free substitutes like coconut creamer for a healthier alternative. Warm cocktails like the honey and bourbon hot toddy can also be a good swap for tea–anything goes.

Winter Sun cocktail via Two-Tarts

  • juice of 2 clementines (about 1/4 cups)
  • juice of 1/2 small lemon (1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • sprig of rosemary
  • lemon zest
  • sugar

Full recipe here

Mulled Pear and Ginger via Jamie Oliver

  • 2 litres Cloudy apple juice
  • 2 thumb-sized Ginger pieces, sliced
  • 2 Ripe pears, sliced
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve
  • 4 Cardamom pods
  • 3 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • Juice of 4 limes, zest of 2
  • 500ml Bacardi Oro

Full recipe here

Mexican Hot Chocolate via Creative Culinary

  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1 and ½ bars Ibarra chocolate; broken into chunks
  • 6 Tbsp Scharffenberger Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cane Sugar
  • ? – ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper (start with ? tsp and season to taste)
  • 4 ozs Tequila
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Ground Cinnamon for Garnish

Full recipe here

Winter Sangria via Notey

  • 1 apple, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • 1 navel orange, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish

Full recipe here

Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy via Bon Appetit

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
  • 2 3×1/2′ strips lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Full recipe here

By Alexis Bendjouia


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  1. Sylvia says:

    They probably taste as good as they look – totally in the mood for one of these!