As the last month of the year sneaks up on us, the air around us is already buzzing with excitement for the holidays. While you are making preparations and plans for all the celebrations for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, it is important to pay special attention to your cocktail menu. After all, that will be keeping your guests happy and warm during this time.
Here are some easy and fun winter cocktails that you should definitely try to make at home.
1. Milk and Honey
This delicious and classic cocktail tastes just as divine as it sounds. The sweetness in this cocktail comes from a liquor known as Benedictine, and you can add some regular or non-dairy milk. This can be served either cold or warm based on your preference. You can also garnish it with an orange slice or a cinnamon stick.
2. Caramel Irish Coffee
The only thing better than a delicious cup of coffee is a delicious coffee cocktail. This drink serves as an excellent nightcap and only requires a handful of ingredients to make. All you need to do is bring out the Baileys Irish Cream from the top shelf and mix it with a coffee base and some butterscotch schnapps. You can add your choice of syrups and some whipped cream to make it fancier.
The snowball is another classic cocktail that is more popular during the winters due to its name. It is made by mixing some brandy with your favorite ginger ale and some sugar syrup to add some sweetness to this fizzy drink. This cocktail is ideally made with some egg whites. But, if that’s not your thing, you can skip that step.
4. Winter negroni
Everybody loves a good negroni on a cold evening. This special variety of cocktail is usually made during the winters and is a perfect blend of spice with fruity flavors. It is ideally made by mixing together some red vermouth and Campari with spiced gin. You can also add warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
5. Mulled wine cocktail
A mulled wine is a traditional cocktail, which is usually made during the summers in most households. You can make this with an inexpensive bottle of wine that you can find along with some oranges, spices, sweeteners, and liquor if you would prefer to add that. Mix all these ingredients and simmer them for a while and then strain them in mugs and serve.
This is probably one of the most popular winter cocktails. Making eggnog at home is an experience in itself and can be done in a variety of ways, depending on how boozy you want the drink to be and how long you intend to keep it. This delicious and wholesome cocktail is made using bourbon, rum, or cognac along with eggs, sugar, milk, nutmeg, and heavy cream.