Easy Winter Cocktails

A delicious libation is the perfect way to warm up in the winter. I found three winter cocktails that are not only delicious, but incredibly easy to make. I tweaked the recipes a bit but stayed true to the concept.

Only a few, easy-to-find ingredients are necessary, and the drinks come together in a matter of minutes.

Each cocktail has its own take on wintery flavors, proving that not every cold-weather drink needs to be laden with sugar or spice.

Bourbon Apple Cider

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Bourbon Apple Cider

Original cocktail found here.

Cocktail

2 oz Bourbon
4 oz Apple Cider

Garnish

Orange Wedge
Rosemary Sprig
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Sugar

Instructions

Mix the cinnamon and sugar on a small plate.
Run the orange wedge around the edge of your cocktail glass and dip the rim in the sugar mixture.
Fill your glass and a shaker with ice.
Pour the apple cider and bourbon into a shaker and shake it.
Pour mixture into the glass and garnish with the orange wedge and rosemary sprig.

You can make this a warm cocktail by serving in a cinnamon-sugar rimmed mug and adding hot water to fill instead of ice.

Tasting Notes

This is one of my favorite cocktails in the winter. It is just so dang easy! The sugared rim is not necessary, but if you decide to skip it I highly recommend including a dash of cinnamon in the cocktail.

We added a Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail Bite to our seasonal menu because the cocktail is just that good. I use a local apple cider that is out of this world delicious. I hope you have an equally delicious cider available in your area.


 

Winter Julep

Winter Julep Cocktail

Winter Julep

Original cocktail found here.

Syrup

1 part Brown Sugar
1 part Boiling Water

Cocktail

Hot Water
1 bag Peppermint Tea
1.5 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Brown Sugar Syrup

Garnish

Mint Sprig

Instructions

To make the syrup, combine brown sugar with boiling water. Stir and allow to cool.
Brew the tea in 5 oz boiling water for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bag and add the bourbon and brown sugar syrup.
Stir to combine and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Tasting Notes

I cut back on the amount of brown sugar syrup because I think this herbal cocktail doesn’t need it – especially if you are using a nice, smooth bourbon. The aroma of the fresh mint is both soothing and awakening.


 

Thyme and Citrus Moscow Mule

Thyme and Citrus Moscow Mule Cocktail

Thyme and Citrus Moscow Mule

Original cocktail found here.

Cocktail

1.5 oz Vodka
2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 Lime Wedge
Ginger Beer

Garnish

Grapefruit Wedge
Thyme Sprig

Instructions

Fill a highball glass or a copper mug with ice.
Pour vodka, grapefruit juice, and a squeeze of lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
Pour mixture into mug or glass.
Add ginger beer, stirring to combine.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and a grapefruit wedge.

Tasting Notes

This cocktail just kept getting better! As the thyme settled into the drink, it added a lot of depth to the bright, winter citrus flavors. It is a beautiful drink that is incredibly refreshing.

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