Festive Favorites: Winter Cocktails!

December 02, 2020 by The Evening Collective
Baby, it's cold outside. We've listed our favorite cocktails to shake up this winter season! Time to start sippin'!
Pour it up! Pour it up! It is the holiday season! Trust us when we say that we also need a cocktail after this monster of a year.

It has been a year full of twists & turns, ups & downs, and "I need a drink" moments. There were moments where we may or may not have poured an additional shot into our drink. There were also periods where mocktails were ruling our world and alcohol had disappeared from our bar cart (we love a cleanse). Whatever the case, we have tallied up some of our favorite go-to drinks for the winter season. Ranging from boozy sips to a couple of mocktails (hey, quarantine baby boom) we've got drinks that are going to have you sippin' until the party ends!

See below the cocktails we want you to shake-up for your holiday bachelorette, wedding bash, or just because 'tis the season! Tag us your drinks @eveningcollective
01
Ski Lifted Hot Cocoa
INGREDIENTS:

2 oz Partida Añejo

6 oz hot chocolate

.5 bar spoon ancho chili powder

Pinch of ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Add ancho chili and a pinch of ground cinnamon and stir until they are mixed in. Pre-heat a hot toddy glass or mug with hot water. Pour out the hot water. Add spiced hot chocolate to heated glass, add the 2 oz of Partida Añejo and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
02
The Hottest Toddy
INGREDIENTS:

1½ ounce brown liquor such as brandy, whiskey or rum

1 tablespoon honey

½ ounce lemon juice

1 cup hot water

Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise, for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the first four ingredients into the bottom of a warmed mug. If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
03
Can't Say 'Snow' Margarita
INGREDIENTS:

1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. silver tequila

8 oz. triple sec

1/4 c. lime juice

4 c. ice

Lime wedge, for rimming glass

Sanding sugar/crushed peppermint for rimming glass

Cranberries, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into a glass and garnish with lime, sugar/crushed peppermint and cranberries.
04
Winter Sangria (Mocktail)
INGREDIENTS:

1 liter cranberry juice (about 4 cups)

1/2 liter apple juice (about 2 cups)

1/3 cup strawberry-flavoured syrup (grenadine bar syrup also works)

3/4 to 1 liter sparkling water, ginger ale, or sprite

Top with fresh or frozen cranberries, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Add the cranberry juice, apple juice, and strawberry syrup to a large pitcher and stir well until combined. Rim glasses with sugar by moistening the rim of the glass with water and then dipping the rim of the glass in sugar (place some sugar on a plate). Fill each glass half full with the juice mixture and add a few berries to each glass as well, placing a strawberry on the rim of each glass. Top it up with the sparkling water or other sparkling beverage of your choice.
05
Mulled Merry Wine
INGREDIENTS:

4 cups apple cider

1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon

1/4 cup honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange, zested and juiced

4 whole cloves

3 star anise

4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.
06
Cranberry Marti-NO Alcohol
INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup of apple cider

½ cup of cranberry juice

Splash of soda water for bubbles

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Garnish with a lemon slice or peel

DIRECTIONS:

Dip the top of the flute in water and then immediately dip into sugar dish. Add ¼ cup of apple cider to the flute. Add ½ cup of cranberry juice to the flute. Add a splash of soda water for bubbles. Top with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon slice or peel (optional).
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