Bars & Pubs

6 Cocktail Recipes Perfect For Winter

By Anna May - 26 Jun 2015

We love salty, sun-kissed skin and summer cocktails on the sand as much as the next person, but we really love sitting indoors, ugg boots and heater on, with a warming drink in hand. So what if said drink is boozy? There’s no judgement here! 

Pro-tip: Add a cheese platter or molten chocolate pudding for the ultimate enjoyment.

King of Newtown

Endless cups of tea are a staple when the weather cools down, so when we found out we could combine booze and a cuppa, we were stoked. This delicious libation from Newtown dumpling hotspot Luyu & YumYum has given us a way to have our tea and, err, drink it too.

From Luyu & YumYum’s David Kang

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Longleaf Tea Vodka
  • 30ml Yamazaki Japanese whisky
  • 30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Splash of egg white
  • Freshly brewed jasmine tea

Method:

Pour Longleaf Tea vodka, Yamazaki, lemon juice and egg white into a shaker, top with ice and shake vigorously until shaker begins to condensate. Strain into martini glass and top with jasmine tea. 

Mulled Apple Cider

We dare you not to enjoy this soul-warming concoction. It’s the cosiest way to get a daily serving of fruit, and it’s way easier than it sounds. Throw a dinner party and wow your guests with it, they won’t be disappointed. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre Rekorderlig Spiced Apple Cider
  • 8 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 120ml Rum or brandy
  • Orange slices
  • Cinnamon sticks

Method:

Add Rekorderlig, bitters, and rum to a saucepan and heat evenly. When desired temperature is reached, pour into mugs and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.

Old Grogram

From the brilliant minds behind the bar at Lobo Plantation.

Getting tired of the ol’ faithful espresso martini? Bet you never thought you’d see that day. Let this guy expand your boozy horizons.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Spiced rum
  • 15ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml Cinnamon sugar syrup
  • 25ml H2Coco Cocoespresso

Method:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with cubed ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Double strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with cubed ice, garnish with a lemon ribbon and a toasted cinnamon stick. 

Hot Toddy

We love this warming tipple when we feel a scratchy throat coming on. It’s really the perfect excuse to enjoy a boozy remedy, even if we’re not sick. 

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Laphroaig 10 year old
  • 30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 6 Cloves
  • Boiling water

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a heatproof mug and stir until honey dissolves. Enjoy!

Mulled Wine

We may not be able to have a white Christmas (or winter, for that matter), but we can damn well make some mulled wine and wear Christmas jumpers to our heart’s content. Here’s a good one to start with:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of McGuigan Expressions Shiraz
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 10 Cloves
  • 6 Allspice berries
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • Orange slices

Method:

Pour wine into a saucepan, then add sugar and orange slices. Tie spices in muslin cloth and drop in. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve warm in wine glasses.

Grapefruit and Star Anise Sazerac 

From the China Doll Winter cocktail menu

This one is for those of you that fancy yourselves a little bit of a back bar star. Want a challenge? Give it a go, and make sure to hit up China Doll and thank Wes Morgan for coming up with it.

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Martell VSOP cognac 
  • 15ml Rittenhouse rye whiskey 
  • 10ml Pernod absinthe 
  • 3 Dashes Peychauds bitters
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Grapefruit 
  • Star anise

Method:

Fill an old fashioned glass with ice, add absinthe, and set aside. In a separate mixing glass, add grapefruit and star anise syrup (method below), Angostura bitters, Peychauds bitters, Martell VSOP cognac, and Rittenhouse rye whiskey. Add ice to this mixing glass and stir for 30 seconds until outside of mixing glass is cold and frosty.

Back to the old fashioned glass: discard ice, leaving the rinse of absinthe
Using julep strainer, strain liquid from mixing glass into old fashioned glass.
Garnish with a star anise and large grapefruit twist.

Star anise and grapefruit syrup

Ingredients:

  • Zest and juice of 6 ruby red grapefruits
  • 2 Star anise
  • Grapefruit bitters
  • Sugar syrup

Method:

Add sugar syrup and grapefruit juice to saucepan at 2:1 ratio, then add bitters and bring to the boil on low heat. Once boiled, take off heat and let cool to room temp before straining. Store in fridge.

Image credit: Alex Squadrito at Luyu & YumYum

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