Is it wrong to say that fun and festive cocktails are one of my favorite parts of the Winter Holiday season?? Because if it is, I don’t want to be right! Seriously, Winter cocktails are the best! Read on to get some great winter holiday cocktail recipes to get you through the whole season long.
We originally shared this post on December 2, 2016. We have updated it with up-to-date recipes.
The colder weather makes it the perfect time to experiment with the smoky and rich bourbons and whiskeys that literally warm you up from the inside out.
Then there’s the decadently soothing warm toddies and mulled wines that will cure frostbite with the first sip.
Now that’s not to say I don’t crave a light and refreshing spritzer or cool and clean martini every once in a while, too.
If I had to choose one particular favorite, I would have to pick a Maple Myer Lemon Whiskey Sour. But don’t tell any of the other cocktails in this collection. Winter cocktails really are the absolute bomb because it’s freakin’ cold outside and you gotta do what you gotta do!
How To Estimate Quantities of Cocktails For Party
These are some basic guidelines for planning the number of drinks to serve at a typical 2 ½ hour cocktail party. Adjust up or down depending on the weather, age of guests, time of day, and amount of food being served.
Cocktails- 2 ½ per person
Champagne or sparkling wine- 1 bottle for every 2-3 guests
Wine- 1 bottle for every 2-3 guests
Liquor- 1 quart or liter for every 10-12 guests
Winter Cocktail Recipes
To help you get started on your Winter Cocktail Journey I’ve collected more than 15 awesome recipes. Many are from our archives here! And the others were generously contributed by other fabulous blogging friends! So get those cocktail shakers shaking and celebrate the season with these fun and festive cocktails featuring seasonal ingredients!!
Whisky and Bourbon Cocktails
Here are some cozy and boozy Whiskey and Bourbon cocktails to consider for this holiday season.
Inspired by the Love Boat’s famous bartender, Isaac, this Pomegranate Rum Cocktail will instantly make you feel like you are on vacation! If you love pomegranate as much as I do, scroll down for a list of pomegranate cocktails to try!
This Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martini is a festive cocktail for the holiday season. It only takes 5 minutes to whip up. If you like classic lemon drop cocktails, you’ll love this fun new ruby red pomegranate variation!
These Vanilla Pear Moscow Mules are super simple to stir together, and are a fun and festive cocktail for the holidays! Plus I have a handy cocktail calculator that will help you figure out how many drinks to plan to serve for your party.
If you haven't ever had one of these, you need to stop what you're doing right now to get the fixings together and mix one up! We love the way the eggnog blends with the flavors of Kahula and vodka. Delish!
These Festive Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martinis are just one of our Holiday Cocktail Recipes we have collected.
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1/3 cup citron vodka
¼ cup pomegranate liquor
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons pure pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
2 tablespoons pomegranate arils for garnish
Fill two large martini glasses with ice and water and set aside. Sprinkle sugar on a plate. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, pomegranate liquor, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and maple (or agave.) Cover and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
Empty the ice water out of the martini glasses. Dip rims of the glasses into the plate of sugar, one at a time to coat the edges of the glass. Strain martini mixture into the glasses. Sprinkle pomegranate arils into the martinis to garnish. Serve immediately.
Stephanie Olson worked in television production and advertising before moving from Los Angeles to New England. She attended culinary school in Connecticut and has since worked as a pastry chef, recipe tester and food stylist. Stephanie grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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