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The Best Winter Cocktails

By: Sharp Staff|November 5, 2014
Tagged With: Winter Cocktails



Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate

It’s hot chocolate just like mom used to make. Well, almost like mom used to make. The tequila part might be a little different.


¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

A pinch of kosher salt

3 cups whole milk

4 ounces milk chocolate chips

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

4 ounces tequila

2 ounces peppermint schnapps

Whipped cream and mint leaf garnish


1. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

2. Add tequila and peppermint schnapps. Divide into serving cups and top with whipped cream and mint.

Classic Irish Coffee

This classic winter drink requires only a few seconds and a few key ingredients to make. Using freshly brewed coffee and a good quality Irish whiskey are crucial to making the best possible version.


2 ounces Irish Whiskey

3½ teaspoon(s) light brown sugar

4 ounces hot coffee

Whipped cream, for topping


Stir whiskey, brown sugar, and coffee together in a mug. Add whipped cream on top.

The Blizzard Cocktail

You probably don’t want any semblance of a blizzard outside but trust us when we say you won’t mind this one at all.


1½ ounces Irish whiskey or rum

½ ounce hazelnut liqueur

½ ounce Irish cream liqueur

Hot coffee

Dollop of Grand Marnier Whipped Cream


In a glass coffee mug, stir together whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream; top with coffee. Garnish cocktail with whipped cream and serve immediately.


Grog gets its name from the grogam cloth coat worn by the British navy admiral who first distributed the drink to his sailors in the 18th century.


2 oz dark rum

1 oz lime juice

1 teaspoon raw or brown sugar

4 ounces hot water

Cinnamon stick and orange wheel for garnish


Mix first four ingredients in mug. Garnish with cinnamon and orange wheel.

El Matador

Comparatively, the El Matador is a digestif, a cocktail with a pleasantly bitter tang that helps balance the sweet notes of your dessert.


1½ oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon

.75 oz Cynar

½ oz Taylor LBV Port

Splash of Cointreau

3 dashes of Pernod Absinthe


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish by squeezing fresh lemon oil over the surface.

Werewolf Pugia

This cocktail is an aperitif, the drink equivalent of an amuse-bouche. Perfect to be consumed before a stately holiday meal, the aperitif will open up the palate and whet the appetite.


1½ oz Aperol

½ oz Wild Turkey Rye

.75 oz lemon juice

¼ oz simple syrup

1 cucumber wheel


Muddle cucumber and simple syrup in shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with skewered cucumber ribbon.

Hot Buttered Rum

Butter makes stuff better. Cocktails are no exception.


2 oz dark rum

1 tsp unsalted butter

1 tsp brown sugar

1 pinch each of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove

4 oz hot water (or sweet cider)


Melt butter and add spices and sugar. Cream together. Add to glass with hot water, rum and mix.


You Should Try: The Sipping Rum

Just as time imparts grace and depth of character on a person, so can it affect the bottle. Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Rum, a blend of rums aged 6 to 23 years old, is a great example of a nuanced brown spirit that should not be diluted with extra ingedients. Pour it over a large ice cube to savour its notes of spiced oak and butterscotch.


What better way to celebrate the true nature of the holidays (indulgence, of course) than with dairy, sugar, eggs and a bottle of rum.


3 oz amber rum

2 eggs, beaten

2 ½ cups 2 per cent milk

3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Blend together first five ingredients. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Commence decking of the halls.


And let’s face it, your bar cart has always been available when you needed it.

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