Come winters and it’s time to cheer up and warm up for a new start marked by the New Year. It is time to renew old bonds, to make resolutions, affirmations of hope, joy and soaring. Well, a nice cup of hot chocolate accompanied by a romantic book in the lighted corner right next to the Christmas tree could always be a great partner for the cozy winter night. But if you’re hosting dinner parties, you definitely need bubbling spirits. Holidays are about partying with friends and family. As you can’t do without a good dessert, you also need a drink to toast, especially if it’s a family dinner or a convivial evening. After you are done with Christmas and New Years baking, shopping, etc., everyone would need a nice cocktail and some music to snuggle up in bed or shake a leg with family and friends. So let’s mix up some winter cocktails to brighten up those foggy winter evenings. These are easy to make at home if you have unexpected guests or are in the mood to party.
Bourbon hot chocolate
A hot chocolate drink with the addition of bourbon gives the nostalgic flavors of childhood. This cocktail also serves as a dessert while also being alcoholic. The comfort drink should be made with a thick consistency of cocoa powder mixed with milk and a hint of cinnamon.
Daiquiri is the classic blend of lime and rum with sugar. The raspberry adds to the citrus notes while imparting a sweet flavor to the drink. The colorful and bouncy drink can brighten the minds of your guests.
Ramos Gin Fizz
This velvety-textured drink was invented by Ramos in New Orleans and was hugely popular. The secret to the flavors of this drink lies in the orange blossom water and it gets its texture from egg whites. When adding orange blossom water, care should be taken not to add more than 3-4 drops, otherwise it will become overwhelming and look like a perfume. Shake the egg whites, gin, lime juice, orange water, simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, then cover with ice cubes and shake a little more. Finally, you can add soda to this frothy, frothy drink. Orange bitters could be added as a garnish.
It is a simple and easy cocktail to prepare. Add cranberry juice, pineapple juice, tequila and soda. Add ice cubes and garnish with lime slices and cranberries and serve immediately or the soda will turn flat. Adding big ice cubes with lime or frozen cranberries in it could also make this drink so pretty.
Who wouldn’t love to have a hot drink on a winter’s night? The cozy atmosphere and the aroma of the wine enhanced with spices make it so magical. Any dry, full-bodied red wine is good to go. You can have a Pinot Noir or even a Shiraz which is doing well. You need to mix all the ingredients and bring them to a simmer in a saucepan. The spices that compose it are cinnamon sticks, cloves, peppercorns and star anise. Combine a cup of apple cider, a bottle of red wine with a cup of brandy, and a quarter cup of honey or maple syrup. And put it to a simmer. Be careful not to boil it. Add the spices, the peeled orange slices to this when it is still on the heat. Pour the goblets and enjoy the mulled mulled wine.
This is similar to mulled wine and is extremely popular in the Scandinavian countries as a winter Christmas drink. Cardamoms, raisins and almonds are used to garnish it. A little vodka or rum added to the wine and water mixed with seasonal spices give a delicious aroma like mulled wine. English punch is also similar except for the addition of tea and more lemony flavors.
It is a simple sparkling drink. Combine the orange liqueur, cranberry juice and champagne and serve. It is ideal for a brunch outing on a large lawn.
Eggnog is often served during the winter holidays. While some love it, others hate it. It is known by different names in European countries but there is a slight variation in each recipe. Eggnog has traditional and modern touches. But most people follow the basic recipe of beating eggs with cream, milk and sugar and adding any alcohol of your choice. It can be brandy, rum or whiskey. Spices such as grated nutmeg, freshly ground cinnamon and cloves, and allspice powder are also essential as they balance the aromas.