Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day, and unfortunately we’re looking at six more weeks of winter—as if the winter starts to subside by March here in New York anyway. Rather than wallowing in the sorrows of the blistering cold outside, I think I can better spend my time by breaking out some of these fun winter cocktails. Enjoy these recipes whether it’s with friends at your next fiesta, or on your own after a rough day screaming at colleagues over spreadsheets.
This sophisticated version of the classic margarita adds a bit of a kick and a smokier taste by replacing the usual Jose Cuervo tequila with some reposado and mezcal. The addition of egg white makes for a thicker consistency.
1 oz. Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Lime Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
Directions: Shake the ingredients without ice first, then add ice to shake again. Serve with the traditional salted rim, or a jalapeño salted rim to make this beverage even more picante.
Café a la Mexicana
We’ve all thought about spiking that latte or coffee to get through the rest of a dreary winter day combined with late night meetings. This recipe takes the typical spiked coffee to the next level with these flavorful and warm ingredients.
1 1/2 oz. Añejo Tequila
3/4 oz. Chili Liqueur
4 oz. Fresh Brewed Coffee
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 oz. Heavy Cream
Coffee Beans, for garnish
Combine ingredients in your favorite coffee mug, then top with whipped cream and chili flakes. Sit back and enjoy as you forget about the fact that you need to trudge out to the office again tomorrow morning.
Summer to Winter
Gin is usually associated with summer drinks, but we thought we would show you a way to incorporate this into your winter beverage routine. While there might not be much green outside, these green ingredients should help to brighten up your winter.
1 oz. Hendricks Gin
.5 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Basil Leaves
1 tbsp. Cucumber
Directions: Muddle basil leaves and cucumber and shake with remaining ingredients over ice. Strain into a coupe glass.
The only thing I like more than bubbles and vodka is mixing the two together! I’m loving this light and sweet recipe from Reyka Vodka. Consider this irresistible bebida for your next brunch fiesta.
Ingredients and Instructions:
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Vanilla Simple Syrup (add .5 oz. vanilla extract to every 24 oz. of simple syrup)
1/2 oz. Apricot Eau de Vie
Champagne, or your fave kind of burbujas
Passion Fruit Float or Lemon Wheel, for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except champagne. Shake, top, garnish, and serve.
If you like a strong warm drink to heat you up, but find the whiskey in a Hot Toddy to be too much, try our version. The mix of cognac and rum in our concoction is just as fuerte without what can be an overpowering whiskey taste.
Ingredients and Instructions:
1 oz. Cognac
1 oz. Aged Rum
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
5 Dashes Bitters
Fill a mug with 3 oz. of boiling water and add the ingredients. Add a cinnamon stick, lemon wheel, and cloves to garnish. Share, but only if you’re feeling generosa!
With winter here to stay for a bit, don’t hesitate to enjoy a cocktail—or all five! If you have all five in one night, #WeWontTell. Let us know which you like enough to continue enjoying through the summer!