As the nights are drawing in and the air gets colder, it’s a lot harder to appreciate the summer staple cocktails like mojitos and margaritas. Here are some out of the ordinary warming winter cocktails that you can order at bars and try out at home this winter!
All across Spain, a ‘gin tonic’ is a popular cocktail and will arrive with a number of different garnishes, from berries to edible leaves. Around Christmastime, a Conquistador can be served with fruity tonic and spiced juice, topped off with star anise and fennel to add a fragrant spin to a traditional drink.
Apple Pie Cocktail
A lot of bartenders will create their own apple pie cocktail this time of year to celebrate the cooler weather and give you a warming bump at their bars. Apple cider, apple brandy, sugar syrup, bitters and lemon juice can be topped off with as much cinnamon as you want. It’s not your grandma’s apple pie – it’s even better.
Sweet Gin Symphony
If you’re looking for a fruity punch to serve at your holiday party, sweet gin symphony is the way to go. Lively and easy to drink, it combines gin, citrus, mint, maraschino liqueur and a quick spray of absinthe in the glasses before it’s served. Topped off with crushed ice and garnishes of lemon peel and star anise, it’s attractive, festive and seasonal.
Otherwise known as a vodka buck, a Moscow mule was invented in 1941 by John G Martin and Jack Morgan when they were looking for a way to combine their stock in a new cocktail. It’s a winter staple and every bartender worth their salt will learn all there is about Moscow mules thanks to their enduring popularity. Combining vodka, ginger beer and citrus juice, and best served in a copper mug, it’s a cocktail that will add a fresh kick to your evening.
An indulgent and creamy dessert drink that was popularised in the early 20th century, a Brandy Alexander combines equal amounts of brandy, dark crème de cacao and heavy cream with a pinch of nutmeg. It’s the sort of cocktail you can only get away with when the weather’s cold outside (it’s important to treat yourself this time of year!), but if you want to add crushed ice, you can turn it into a frappe.
Maple Syrup Old Fashioned
An old fashioned is the sort of drink that men order at bars when they’re trying to look particularly cool – it’s a bourbon lover’s drink that might be too strong for a lot of casual cocktail lovers. Adding maple syrup instead of the more traditional sugar syrup changes and deepens the taste, making it more palatable for most tongues. Add a little orange syrup and bitters to the bourbon and syrup and you’re ready to go!
With a more warming taste than the sweet gin symphony, wassail punch is another excellent festive party option. It’s a popular historical drink that combines bourbon and apple cider with extra additions including ginger, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, and allspice, along with cranberry juice and brown sugar. Serve with ground nutmeg and a cinnamon stick in each glass and you’ll be set for a perfect holiday party.