Winter Cocktails




Perfect for family gathering, Thanksgiving or parties where you want to offer a lower proof punch, this cocktail is perfect. Amaretto Cider makes up well into a batch and keeps everyone enjoying the party for those long Fall afternoons.

Angel's Kiss is a sweet layered drink that has been around since the 80's. Too fun but just one can go a long away.

Black Russian is light and cool with a delightful after bite of peppermint. Looking for a interesting drink that combines Gin and oranges with a hint of peppermint? This is just the drink for you.

Anyone for pie? Apple Pie Martini is just that, lots of apple pie taste with a nice little kick! Save one of these for after dinner or just to get the party started.

Two of my favorites Champange and Vodka. Just a tip to make this the best tasting brunch drink, chill the Champagne in the freezer before mixing your Blood And Sand while the chilling over ice works it introduces water into the drink through the shards of ice!

Aviation was drink popular in the 1920's. The name stems from the dash of Crème de Violette which gave the drink it's pale blue color.  A very classic gin drink it is very simple and period appropriate.  It is a drink that you pull out to impress your fiends with your knowledge of classic mixology.

Legend has it the Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The beautiful color inspired Cipriani to name the drink Bellini after the robe of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. Light, clean and very easy to drink this is the perfect cocktail for brunch, early evening parties, light social events and for light drinkers.

Ice cream desserts watch out, the Bitch Slap is the perfect way to end a great dinner.

Bourbon and citrus make the perfect holiday blend.  Partridge In A Pear Tree is an easy going cocktail that keeps a party going and can be sipped over a long evening.  The blood orange and lemon are a perfect balance to the sweet of the Bourbon and simple syrup.  This could easily turn into a year around favorite.

Manhattan’s history, like most drinks, is not as clear as there are many ideas around the origin. A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s. The original Manhattan was a mix of American Whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters. Considered one of the classic drinks it is still served in bars all over the world. This drink should be mixed with the best Whiskey you can afford as combined with the bitters the flavors are sharp and very enjoyable when you move towards the high end. Ours is mixed with Bushmills and affordable Whiskey that stands up well to the bitters.

A creamy holiday cocktail that looks as pretty as it tastes.  Rummy Cider is a yummy holiday drink.  Add a candy cane tied with a holiday ribbon for a festive presentation.  Cocktail glasses can be prepared/chilled in the fridge the day before the event.  The syrup will swirl better if both the glass and syrup are chilled.

Classic is good, Champagne Cocktail fits that description. Perfect for almost any celebration, easy to set up and serve. Classics are classics for a reason!

The Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail is a unique blend of Vodka, Champagne and Pama®.  Add in a few Pomegranate seeds for flavor and color and you have a fun cocktail that sparkles.  To keep the proof lower you can leave out the Vodka and it still tastes great and you can drink a few more before you hit your limit!

Toasted Almond is perfect for the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  It makes up in a great batch punch for larger groups.  Colorful, tasty and beautiful.  Everything you want to have for a cocktail party.

If you like gingerbread you'll like Tropical Autumn.  It is a fun holiday drink with a comfort food taste.  We used this amazing, albeit expensive, maple syrup.  There are times when using the best of something pays off.  A very different unique cocktail that will be a hit at your holiday bash!

We have to admit that we really have fun making up the names of these drinks!  The Woodstock is a wonderful play off the flavors of the Tennessee Honey and sweet and spice notes.  The Rosemary makes this drink.  It also makes a beautiful holiday presentation for your cocktail event.  

Nothing says the holidays like a little sparkle!  We made a kickin' Yowling Tomcat and added chocolate stars and real editable gold flakes.  (available on Amazon)  This is a fun girly drink and one of the few that when you finish the drink well you have to eat the chocolate stars.  Oh darn!  Holiday cocktails should be fun and that's just what this one is, fun.

Elegant and sophisticated in both looks and taste the is pretty amazing.  We started by using organic Dry Fly® Gin, a light clean gin with a smooth taste and just the barest hint of juniper.  This drink combines that with substituting the vermouth with another botanicals, Elderflower Liqueur.  We used Thatchers® which is also organic for one of the smoothest takes on a martini we've had in a while.

The French 75 was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris---later Harry's New York Bar---by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a "75 Cocktail", or "Soixante Quinze" in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York. An elegant drink with Gin and Champagne with a great kick it a drink that was enjoyed by the upper class elite both men and women. Shades of Downton Abbey all that is needed is lace gloves or an ascot.

Grasshoppers are a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink is derived from its green color, which is provided by the green crème de menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague's, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South as a perfect way to top off a heavy meal taking advantages of mint’s naturally stomach settling effects.

Kahula and Cream is a great after dinner drink that goes down like a cold adult coffee! Low proof and very drinkable this is a great drink for when you just want something tasty to finish off the evening but still get up in the morning to go to work. A little on the rich side the heavy cream offsets the coffee liqueur with just the right level of sweetness. Yum!

A great cold weather drink, the Nutty Irishman, we think ski lodge good, sitting before a roaring fire with a great book and your feet propped up. Rich and decadent a perfect guilty pleasure.


The original Old Fashioned recipe would have used whiskeys available in America in the late 1800’s, either Bourbon or Rye Whiskey. The first recipe is from 1895. But in some regions, especially Wisconsin, brandy is substituted for whiskey (sometimes called a Brandy Old Fashioned). Eventually the use of other spirits became common, such as a gin recipe becoming popularized in the late 1940s. The first mention of the drink was for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail in the 1880s, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Common garnishes for an Old Fashioned include an orange slice or a maraschino cherry, although these modifications came around 1930, sometime after the original recipe was invented. The practice of muddling orange and other fruit gained prevalence as late as the 1990s. In muddling the fruit make sure to muddle the fruit but try not to muddle the peel too much. You want to release the oils and fruit flavor but not a lot of the acid. As with spirit only drinks what whiskey/brandy you make this drink with matters. The fun is in trying to find which one you really like!


Orange Cardamon Gin And Tonic is a great winter drink for Gin lovers.  The Root liqueur gives it a botanical spicy flavor like root beer and the Dry Fly Gin has just the right balance, not too much juniper, to blend it all together.  Adding notes of orange citrus makes it the perfect winter drink.  Experiment with the Gins if you prefer a London Dry style but we really liked the smoothness of this drink.  It could convert a few non-Gin drinkers!

rocks, we love winter pears and this cocktail is amazing.  The Pear Cinnamon Italian Soda, (purchased at World Market), pairs up with the liqueur and pear flavored Vodka with a hint of cinnamon.This could be one of those drinks that become your go to drink for both fall and winter!

This is amazing, it's pumpkin pie with a kick. If you love pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, you will love, love love this drink. Pumpkin Pie Martini is like fall in a glass. Enjoy!

A great take on "Gin and Juice", the addition of Cointreau and Grenadine offset the tart of the fresh lemon and orange juice in the Red Lion. Great to look at and even better going down, it's one of our new favorites.


The Rob Roy is a cocktail created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. The drink was named in honor of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by composer Reginald De Koven and lyricist Harry B. Smith loosely based upon Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor.

Like a Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry, or perfect. The standard Rob Roy is the sweet version, made with sweet vermouth. A dry Rob Roy is made by substituting dry vermouth for the sweet vermouth, this is not usual. A perfect Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth. Overwhelmingly, the Rob Roy is made with sweet Vermouth.

The Rob Roy is usually served in a cocktail glass and granished with a maraschino cherry (for the sweet version). Funniest use of this drink in a move is the 1970’s movie “Turning Pointe” where the heroine goes on stage after being dumped and drinking a half a dozen of these. Drunk ballerinas are always funny.


While no one seems to know when the Rusty Nail came across the bar I would suspect that it was in the late 30’s early 40’s. It would have been difficult to get Drambuie during prohibition. There is a brief history on the Drambuie page Made from honey and seceret blends the Rusty Nail is equal parts Scotch and Drambuie. A smooth drink that gets better as the Scotch gets better, we tried Johnny Walker Red but Cutty Sark would also be a good starting point.

This is a very interesting drink, substituting in sake for the vermouth and then adding orange and cherry flavored liquors then top with Ginger Beer.  An unusual east meets west drink.  While it may sound strange the taste is very refreshing and somewhat addictive.  We made several just to get the proportions right and with each one we liked it more.  Or the Gin was talking... either way, for the adventurous mixologist! 

OMG, this is like drinking your favorite candy bar! Salted Caramel Martini is awesome if you you want something sweet and yummy. Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico and Kahlua along with some salted Caramel Syrup blend to perfection.

For the Rye drinkers in your group a fun and festive approach to a holiday cocktail is the .  You omit the candy if you want as the caramel syrup does most of the work but that little hint of chocolate is really quite tasty.  Your preference.

is a great iced tea drink that could also be served warm.  We preferred it chilled but either way its a great cocktail.  The whiskey and the chai tea really complement each other and the cherry liqueur off set the spice notes and sweetened up the tea.  Yum is all we have to say.  Great winter drink!

Earthy botanical, drink with the combination of the sweet of the cranberry Vodka and the spicy notes of the Green Chartreuse and Ginger Beer, this is a different kinda cocktail that could make Santa trade his reindeer in for this mule. Move over Rudolf!

An interesting drink that is very different but surprisingly good. Snowball has a licorice taste with a cream base. If you like licorice you'll like this drink.

is a tropical twist on an eggnog drink with dark rum and coconut.  To add a little more kick it is paired with some coconut Vodka.  Too high proof for your party?  Go to 1 oz Dark Rum and 1/2 oz Coconut Vodka.  Love the addition of the Coconut and Cinnamon for a fun holiday taste.  Anyone for a Christmas Luau?

Originally called the suffering Bar Steward, Suffering Bastard was supposed to cure a hangover. Not sure that it would but you don't need to wait to try it, this was one of our favorites of this batch.

The blend of dark rum, chocolate and honey make a warm cozy drink.  Great for after dinner or sipping with your pals it has enough taste to hold up to dessert as well.  This drink in one hand and a bowl of ice cream in the other... HEAVEN

Fresh, clean and with a great fall to winter taste.   a Wild Turkey drink will please the whiskey cocktail drinker.  Not too sweet with a fair bit of sour from the lemon and a touch of sweet from the soda this is a great entry level cocktail.  Easy to make and even easier to drink.

An aquired taste, the Waldorf Cocktail has a strong liquorice taste balanced with Bourbon and sweet vermouth. The jury was mixed with some people loving it and other's, well not so much. Created by a Waldorf Astoria bartender Johnnie Solon around 1900.

This drink can be served warm or cold. Great for a Halloween party or family party this drink has a little kick but not too much. This also can translate well into a non-alcholic drink for those designated drivers. Try the Warm Apple Glow and you'll know what I mean.

An awesome after dinner drink, the White Russian is just a Black Russian with some cream added. Higher proof than you would think, it tends to be too rich and sweet for more than a couple but is a nice finish to a good dinner.

We don't know if Jerry Garcia drank these at Woodstock but I'm sure anyone would like this drink. Smooth and balanced with a nice little kick, this drink can turn into your favorite song.

A fun twist on a Margarita that's red and green for Christmas.  The ginger beer goes well with the Tequila and adds a nice tang.  A pretty fun take on the classic Margarita on the rocks!

Just a kiss of Maraschino liqueur, the Cherry Kiss is a light fun drink that will give you just a hint of fall with the dusting of nutmeg. We love Chai tea, so the Chai Toddy makes perfect sense. Warm and good for warming you up on a cold night it's everything you would want.

Drinks on this page include: Amaretto Cider, Angels Kiss, Animal Attack, Apple Pie Martini, Arabian, Arctic Kiss, Aviation, Bellini, Bijou, Bitch Slap, Blood Orange Cinnamon Pear Cocktail, Boxing Day, Brandy Alexander, Brandy Old Fashion, Brandy Punch, Bushmills Manhattan, Candy Cane Martini, Chai Toddy, Champagne Cocktail, Champagne Pomegranate, Cherry Kiss, Chocolate Martini, Chocolate Pecan Pie Martini, Christmas Citrus, Cinnamon And Spice Gingerbread Martini, Coffee Nudge, Corpse Reviver #2, Crazy Elf, Devils Food Chocolate Martini, Drosselmeyers Nightcap, Enlightened Martini, Evening Falls, French 75, Frostbite, Golden Glow, Grasshopper, Holiday Coffee Cocktail, Ice Bomb, Italian Apple Martini, Kahula and Cream, Keoke Coffee, Lump Of Coal, Mrs Claus, Mud Slide, Neverland Bellini, Nutty Irishman, Nutty Martini, Nutty Snow Queen, Oh Be Joyful, Old Fashion, Orange Cardamon Gin And Tonic, Partridge In A Pear Tree, Pecan Pie Martini, Pumpkin Pie Martini, Queen Of Scots, Queens Kisses, Quiet Sunday, Red Lion, Rob Roy, Russian Nutcracker, Rusty Nail, Sake-tini, Salted Caramel Martini, Salty Caramel Sour, Santas Ice Tea, Santas Mule, Silver Streak, Snowball , Sour Apple Martini, Spa Martini, Spanish Hot Chocolate, Spiced Coconut Eggnog, Suffering Bastard, Sweet Yule, The Darb, Tropical New Years Eve Punch, Tropical Xmas, Turkey Cinnamon Sour, Ultimate Chocolate Martini, Vanilla Delight, Vanilla Nut, Viking Fantasy, Waldorf Cocktail, Warm Apple Glow, White Russian, Wicked Tasty Treat, Woodstock, Wow, Xmas Margarita,