winter cocktails

7 Best Winter Cocktails For Getting Toasty and Tipsy

  • January 22, 2019
  • By Admin: Our Big Fun Party
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Are you throwing an epic cocktail party? Or preparing for an unforgettable girl’s night out? Then it’s essential to get the party started with some cocktails to match.

You can have $1 margaritas any night of the week! Let your next shindig be something to remember.

That means taking a little extra care in construing recipes. Thinking about spices, elevating old recipes, including some fire (literally). Making cocktails should be fun!

So we’ve compiled a list of our 7 favorite winter cocktails – to keep you toasty and tipsy. You’ll love them, your friends and family will love them. And you’ll get remembered for your killer bartending skills.

Check out this list, choose a favorite (or two!), and then schedule your Uber. Let’s go!

The Best Winter Cocktails of the Season

Cocktail parties have a hilarious, humble beginning.

Alec Waugh (a writer’s brother) “invented” them in the 1920s during the winter evenings! Going outside was cold and a hassle. But what could people do inside during that boring time after dusk?

Well, drink of course! His version included a “party that starts at half-past five,” lasts 90 minutes, and includes ample alcohol but not much food.

He would’ve loved these cocktails. 

So let’s pour one up for him. But unlike Alec, feel free to accompany these beverages with a complementary snack! Small hors-d’oeuvres are a great addition to any cocktail party.

1. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. . . Margarita

If you’ve never heard of a White Christmas margarita, don’t worry. Even though the holiday itself has passed, it’s not too late to try one! These guys are fun, festive, and delicious.

This One Country recipe makes about 32 ounces, so you’ll make plenty to supply your group of 4-6!

  • Combine 14 ounces of coconut milk with 12 ounces of silver tequila, 8 ounces of triple sec, and 1/2 cup of lime juice
  • Add this to 2 cups of ice in a blender. Mix until satisfied with the consistency
  • Rim each glass with a lime wedge, then garnish with sugar
  • Pour mixture into glasses and add fresh limes and cranberries for color and flavor

Voila! The coconut milk is sweet and smooth, making this an easy-drinker.

2. That Upgraded Eggnog

Delish has a wonderful Gingerbread Eggnog recipe that’ll knock your fuzzy wool socks off. It looks and tastes great. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to create 4 drinks!

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add:

  • 1 cup of eggnog
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1 cup of Kahlúa
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses, and 
  • A pinch of ground ginger

Give it a few vigorous shakes. Pour into four glasses rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Top with your preferred amount of whipped cream and extra molasses!

3. Basic but Tasty

Moscow mules are super common, especially in the warm summer months. But they can get made into winter mules by adding some pomegranate and crushed candy canes! 

Delish has a great recipe that makes two. Double for groups of 4 or more.

Take your basic Moscow Mule recipe (2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 can ginger beer). Pour it into copper mugs (duh!). Divvy out 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds, crushed candy canes, and mint sprigs to each.

4. ‘Tis the Season for Spicy

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, this recipe is worth it. You’re asked to make a homemade chipotle-orange syrup (it’s easier than it sounds). It’s called the Fall Spice Cordial, perfect for the current weather (and beyond).

This recipe makes one cocktail. We recommend doubling (or tripling, or quadrupling) up since it takes a while to make the syrup. More on the syrup later.

  • Mix 1 oz. of vanilla liqueur, 1 oz. of bourbon whiskey, 3/4 ounces of orange-chipotle syrup, 2 dashes of orange bitters in a shaker cup
  • Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a sliced orange peel

Once you make the syrup, the recipe is incredibly easy! And tasty. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. A modern cocktail, updated and homemade.

Here’s how to prepare your homemade syrup (remember, this recipe is for one serving). Take the following:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 2 slices of orange peel
  • 3/4 of a cup of sugar

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce to simmer, then add chipotle and orange. Cover and let it continue simmering for 10-20 minutes.

Strain the mixture and then add the sugar. Bring it back to a boil. Once sugar dissolves, let it cool down. 

Pour into a container and use as needed!

5. A Special Sangria

If you want, you can make this recipe ahead of time and let it chill in your fridge. This way you can spend your time getting ready for the night out (or in). And the flavors will have time to mesh together!

  • Combine 2 cups of an apple cranberry juice with 1/4 cup sugar over medium heat in a saucepan
  • Heat until sugar dissolves, then take off heat
  • Stir 2 sliced oranges, 1/2 c. of halved cranberries, 2 sprigs of rosemary, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise pods, and 8 cloves
  • Remove cloves and rosemary sprigs
  • In a pitcher, combine this with 2 cups of diced apples and 1 cup of apple cranberry juice
  • Add a 750 ml bottle of white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • Serve in glasses with ice

This recipe is best after chilling for four hours! For best results, make early in the day and let it sit for a while!

6. It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here

No, really! For this recipe, you’ll need a lighter!

The Flaming S’mores cocktail is great for winter parties. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 oz. Marshmallow Vodka
  • 2 oz. Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Rum 
  • 2 tbsp. Marshmallow Fluff
  • 4 Graham Crackers
  • 1 Packet Instant Hot Chocolate
  • 3 Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

Prepare your martini glasses first.

Combine 4 crushed graham crackers with the hot chocolate powder. Rim glasses with marshmallow fluff, then dip in mixture. Skewer a few mini marshmallows and set in glass.

Combine vodka, liqueur, and heavy cream in a shaker glass with ice. Shake as desired and then fill glasses to the rim. Light the cocktail on fire, which will give your marshmallows a little toast.

Blow out the fire quickly and enjoy!

7. Frost Bite (The Good Kind)

We love the name of this one – it’s perfect for winter gatherings. And that’s not the only reason we love it. Try for yourself and see why!

To make the Frost Bite, combine ice, 3 ounces of coconut vodka, and 1 ounce of pineapple juice. Shake it well, then add 1 ounce of Blue Curacao, fresh mint, and fresh blueberry. Shake it again.

Strain mixture over glasses of ice, then top off with a bit of Sprite. 

Hurry! Before Winter’s Over!

Get every one of your closest friends and family members over ASAP! Before winter’s behind us, you have to try these winter cocktails. And if you miss it, well. . . they’re good year-round (trust us).

It’s always in season to make connections, have fun, and get creative.

All right, so we’ve covered the important stuff: drinks. But we mentioned appetizers earlier. What food should you make to go along with all these spirits?

Here’s our top 10 list of the yummiest party foods out there!