20 Wonderful Winter Cocktails to Enjoy This Season

Enjoy the flavors of the season

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Winter winds bring a change of taste in drinks and there are many stunning cocktails for you to try on the coldest days of the year. Among the best recipes are those that highlight seasonal flavors and warm up that chill in your bones. From comforting hot drinks to smooth sippers with pomegranate, blood orange, and peppermint, there's a great winter drink waiting for everyone.

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    Milk & Honey

    Milk and Honey Cocktail With Brandy, Cinnamon, and Orange
    Benedictine Liqueur

    This classic Milk & Honey is the ultimate nightcap. The "honey" comes from Benedictine, a honey-flavored herbal liqueur that adds a wonderful flavor to warm or cold milk. Since the recipe requires just those two ingredients, even the sleepiest of drinkers can mix it up.

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    Ski Lift

    Ski Lift Hot Chocolate Cocktail
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    Winter is the season for hot cocoa and there are many ways to enjoy the decadent drink. While you could go with the obvious mint liqueur, why not try something a little different? The Ski Lift mixes peach schnapps and coconut rum into your favorite hot chocolate recipe.

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    Caramel Irish Coffee

    Caramel Irish Coffee With Baileys Irish Cream
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    This Caramel Irish Coffee puts a delicious spin on a classic. The recipe uses the same great Irish whiskey and coffee combo that makes Irish coffee an iconic cocktail. To that, you'll add Irish cream and butterscotch schnapps before topping it with whipped cream and caramel.

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    Snowball

    Snow Ball Cocktail
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    The winter months seem like the perfect time to revive a recipe your grandparents may have enjoyed.​ The Snowball is about as classic as a cocktail can get. The mix is simple—brandy, syrup, egg, and ginger ale—but it comes together with a certain level of sophistication.

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    Hot Gin Toddy

    Gin Toddy

    Tanqueray London Dry Gin

    The piney flavor of gin is perfect for snowy days. When you really want to enhance a gin's juniper, warm it up and enjoy Hot Gin Toddy. The botanicals come to life under steam and they're accented with lemon, sugar, and cinnamon.

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    Winter Cocktail

    Classic Winter Cocktail
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    Tiki cocktails may be set aside for the winter, but it doesn't have to be so. The Winter Cocktail has the signature rum, sugar, and citrus combination with a little spice from a ginger liqueur and that tiki specialty, pimento dram. It's a playful drink that is sure to wake up your palate.

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    Tanqueray Almond

    Tanqueray Almond
    Tanqueray London Dry Gin

    Some of the most satisfying cocktails are the simplest—just look at the famous B&B, in which two ingredients in a snifter create a warming mix for cold nights. The Tanqueray Almond is very similar, pairing gin and amaretto for an aromatic delight that will soothe your senses.

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    Habanero Blood Orange Margarita

    Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail from La Sandia's

    La Sandia's

    The blood orange is a sweeter citrus that's in season from December through April and the perfect reason to mix up a Habanero Blood Orange Margarita. The featured ingredients become one in a puree that's amazing with a reposado tequila. Add a mole negro rim and you have a very interesting cocktail on your hands.

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    Ginger Julep '68 Fastback

    Bulleit Bourbon's Ginger Julep '68 Fastback Recipe
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    Even in a cold drink, ginger has a certain warming quality. This fresh take on the mint julep takes that to an extreme. The Ginger Julep '68 Fastback begins with a ginger-infused bourbon, then ​more of the fresh root is muddled with brown sugar. It's a zippy cocktail you won't want to miss.

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    Pear Cobbler

    Pear Cobbler Cocktail
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    Pears are a favorite fruit of the season and the star of this recipe. You'll begin by making "drunken" pears, then add those to a mix of pear brandy, sherry, and cinnamon syrup. Just like a classic cobbler, it's even better with any other fruits you happen to find at the store.

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    Almost a Collins

    Almost a Collins Cocktail Recipe with DRY Blood Orange Soda
    DRY Soda

    If spicy cocktails aren't up your alley, you'll find Almost a Collins a bit more approachable. This fruity sipper mixes vodka with fresh-squeezed blood orange juice as well as blood orange soda. To add a little contrast, a homemade cinnamon syrup is thrown into the mix.

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    Kumquat-Ginger Caipirinha

    Kumquat-Ginger Caiprinha

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    The caipirinha is a popular summer cocktail and this version takes advantage of a tiny winter fruit. The Kumquat-Ginger twist is a pure delight and incredibly simple to mix up. Choose your favorite cachaça and let this drink bring some sunshine to your winter!

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    Ginger Snap Martini

    Ginger Snap Martini
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    Why just eat ginger snaps when you can drink them, too? The delicious morsels transform beautifully into this winter martini. With a pear vodka and amaretto base, all the spices and molasses that make the cookies great are included!

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler Cocktail
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    Celebrating something special this winter? Serve an extra special cocktail that is sure to impress. The figgy sparkler muddles cranberries with a fig and orange before adding vodka and Prosecco. It's a fantastic seasonal sparkling wine cocktail.

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    Frostbite

    Frostbite - Blue Tequila Cocktail
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    The Frostbite is certainly not your typical tequila cocktail. It's blue and fruity, and the hint of orange is fun with a little cream and chocolate. It's the perfect pick-me-up for dreary days.

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    Cocoa Old-Fashioned

    Cocoa Old-fashioned Cocktail
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    The chocolate in this Cocoa Old-Fashioned comes from two unlikely sources: the first is a cocoa-infused rye whiskey and the second is mole bitters. These are paired with the drink's classic orange and cherry muddle, but the sugar takes a darker turn that's ideal for the season.

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    Bacon Me Angry

    Angry Orchard Hard Cider's Bacon Me Angry Cocktail with Bacon-infused Vodka

    Angry Orchard

    When you're stuck inside this winter, try making your own bacon-infused vodka. It's a fun project and an excuse to cook bacon then mix up the Bacon Me Angry. The DIY vodka is mixed with maple syrup and hard cider, so it's almost like breakfast in a glass.

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    Bloody Maria

    Easy Bloody Maria Tequila Cocktail Recipe

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    Savory and spicy, the Bloody Maria is a nice drink for a lazy morning. Whether you're watching a game, hosting brunch with friends, or on a weekend cabin retreat, it's a great choice. The tequila gives the favorite tomato juice mix an extra dimension that everyone is sure to enjoy

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    Moroccan Cocktail

    Charbay Vodka's Moroccan Cocktail

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    Pomegranates also make winter just a little bit better and Moroccan Cocktail packs twice the pom punch. For this recipe, you'll mix a pomegranate vodka with a fresh puree of the fruit. That sweetness is paired with the spice of a homemade cardamom syrup to create a fabulous dinner cocktail.

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    Snowshoe Grog

    Snowshoe Grog Cocktail Recipe
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    One of the signature flavors of winter is peppermint and a lot of schnapps is poured on cold days. It's a wonderful companion for dark spirits, which are also preferred during this season. Whether you choose bourbon or brandy, you'll warm up instantly with the simple yet satisfying Snowshoe Grog.