There's nothing better than hunkering down on a cold winter's night, swathed in your cosiest jumper, fire roaring and a glass of something warming and delicious in your hand. But what exactly will that something be? If you're looking for mixology inspiration for the chilly months ahead, you've come to the right place. Below, we've compiled the recipes of three of our favourite winter cocktails. Master these cold weather libations and winter won't seem so dreary after all.

Best winter cocktails

Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is essentially a winterised negroni, made with bourbon whiskey in place of gin. It is said to have been invented in the 1920s by Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier.

Ingredients

  • 25ml bourbon
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • Ice
  • Orange peel twist, to garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass along with ice and stir until chilled.
  • Strain into a glass topped up with large ice cubes.
  • Serve with orange peel.

Penicillin

The Penicillin cocktail is a relatively recent invention that was created by New York bartender Sam Ross in 2005, when he was working at New York City’s famous Milk & Honey bar. It is appropriately named after the penicillin drug, alluding to the medicinal properties of its ingredients. Delicious and restorative — we'll drink to that.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Scotch whisky
  • 10ml Islay single malt Scotch whisky
  • 14ml ginger liqueur
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml honey syrup (3 parts honey to 1 part water)
  • Candied ginger or lemon peel for garnish

Method

  • Pour the blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup into a shaker
  • Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass with ice
  • Float the Islay scotch on top by pouring it gently over the back of a spoon
  • Garnish with candied ginger, lemon peel, or both. 

Spiced sidecar

The Spiced Sidecar is a warming, wintery take on the classic 1920s Sidecar cocktail. Simply emit the spiced simple syrup for a more traditional pour.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50ml cognac
  • 25ml Cointreau 
  • 10ml spiced simple syrup: simmer 1:1 simple syrup with clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • 25ml lemon juice, plus a lemon wedge for the glass

Method

  • Put the caster sugar on a saucer and rub a lemon wedge round the rim of a small coupe glass.
  • Dip the glass rim into the sugar, like you would a margarita glass with salt.
  • Combine the rest of the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake well before straining into the coupe glass.


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