Top 10 Cocktails To Drink This Winter

These are some of the best recipes you’ll find particularly around this time of the year.  The trend to drink more seasonally has definitely hit the restaurant industry and this will help get you warmer on those colder months.  Read on to discover your new ten favorite cocktails.

1. Old Fashioned
If you could only get ingredients for one cocktail this winter, those ingredients should be bourbon, sugar and bitters. The Old Fashioned, widely known as drink of choice from Mad Men, is a sophisticated yet simple to make.

Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey, sugar cube, angostura, splash of water

2. Mint Julep
Normally known as a Derby drink, this cocktail warms to the core. Consisting mostly of bourbon, sugar and mint – this is a minor variant from the Old Fashioned only a bit sweeter. Don’t keep this one on the shelf until May.

Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey, sugar cube, mint, crushed ice

3. Bloody Mary
Known as the Hangover Cure, everyone should have this recipe on hand for the brunch hours. The best part about this cocktail is that you can pre-make the mix, and then have all of the fixings in a nice Tupperware container.

Ingredients: 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces tomato juice, 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, splash of Worcestershire sauce, a few dashes of Tabasco, dash of horseradish

4. Negroni
The epitome of a pre-supper drink. The Negroni is absolutely a drink of choice that is made with the perfect ratio of ingredients – one part dry, one part sweet, one part bitter.

Ingredients: 1 part Italian vermouth, 1 part Campari or alternative, 1 ½ part gin

5. Manhattan
Another variation of the Old Fashioned, this one adds in a little vermouth. Use the good stuff, and you’ll suddenly be transferred to Italy sitting on porch of a house in Positano gazing upon the town’s beauty.

Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey, 1 ounce Italian vermouth, 2 dashes of angostura, splash of water

6. Daiquiri
If you are going to be doing any entertaining for the rest of this winter, it’s a sure chance someone will want some sort of daiquiri – margarita or with a flavor.

Ingredients: 2 ounces white rum, ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ ounce lime juice

7. Martini
Shaken not stirred is one phrase that comes to mind when describing the Martini. This drink is super to make and you’ll feel fancy making it. Grab yourself some Italian vermouth and you can make a very nice variation of this one.

Ingredients: 4 ounces gin or vodka and 1 ounce dry vermouth

8. Boulevardier
Let’s be honest. You are going to be drinking a lot of bourbon or whiskey when it’s cold outside so here’s another recipe that is a sure hit. If you go to Cocktail Kingdom to get a mixing glass, you’ll be sure to impress any party and delight yourself with this one.

Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce sweet vermouth

9. Champagne Cocktail
Some people don’t think to use champagne in a cocktail, although it’s very delicious to use as the carbonation in many drinks. This one should definitely be on the top of your list this winter.

Ingredients: 2 dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), splash of simple syrup and fill with champagne.

10. Toronto
This is by far one of the all-time favorites that is always stocked in my bar. You’ll really just need one additional ingredient from the Old Fashioned. Take this for a spin.

Ingredients: 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey, sugar cube, angostura, ½ ounce Frenet Branca, splash of water


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