During the winter months when the temperature drops, one of our favourite ways to warm up is with a delicious hot cocktail in hand.
From Hot Toddies to Spiced Negronis, there’s plenty of cocktails that can beat the chill. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best cocktails that are guaranteed to keep you feeling warm and toasty this winter season.
1. Espresso Martini
Rich, robust and a winner for every coffee lover, the classic Espresso Martini is a thoroughly indulgent cocktail. Made with vodka, coffee liqueur and a dash of espresso, the Espresso Martini is iconic and one of the most ordered cocktails in the world. Although typically a cold cocktail it can be warmed by using freshly brewed espresso and even a splash of hot milk too.
2. Old Fashioned
Dark, delicious and made for sipping by the fire, the Old Fashioned has been one of the world’s most popular cocktails for over 200 years, and for good reason. With an irresistible blend of whiskey, simple syrup and aromatic bitters, it follows an unbeatable cocktail formula. We’ve also added a dash of orange bitters to our premixed cocktail to bring you the feel of winter in a glass that will instantly warm you up from the inside out.
Combining the warmth of whiskey, with the sweetness of vermouth and a twist of bitters, the Manhattan cocktail is the perfect drink to enjoy after dinner as you unwind for the evening. Our exclusive Christmas in Manhattan cocktail also includes soft chocolate notes for a beautifully smooth take on a classic that brings a magical festive feel.
4. Brown Gold
There’s nothing more comforting than our warm and rich signature Brown Gold cocktail. Inspired by an evening on a Mediterranean beach, our master mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi wanted to capture the moment in a cocktail. Combining bourbon, vanilla liqueur, coffee liqueur, citric acid and liquid sugar, the Brown Gold is smooth and aromatic, and we’re certain every whiskey fan will adore its intense flavours.
5. Apple Rum Punch
Synonymous with Christmas, the humble apple, which was originally used as a Christmas tree decoration, has become one of the best-loved festive flavours. And, when these apple flavours, found in Calvados and apple liqueur, are paired with spiced rum, red vermouth and festive spices such as star anise, you’re left with a deliciously decadent, full-bodied Apple Rum Punch cocktail as the ultimate winter warmer.
With its bold flavours and bright colour, the Boulevardier is a unique cocktail that fits in well with the festive period and will easily warm up the winter months. As a sophisticated take on the classic Negroni, the Boulevardier blends the rich warmth of bourbon with vermouth, Campari and bitters for a truly unforgettable drink.
7. Spiced Negroni
Classed as the king of Italian Campari cocktails, our award-winning Negroni has been given a wonderfully festive twist by Patrick Pistolesi. Nothing says Christmas quite like the aroma of exotic spices in the air, and, so, our Spiced Negroni combines gin, red vermouth and Campari with Pimento Dram bitters which introduces scents of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon - ideal for the season. This cocktail is made to be sipped whilst sitting by the glow of the fire and the twinkling of Christmas lights.
8. Christmas Margarita
Do you dream of lounging on a beach over the Christmas holiday with a tart and tangy Margarita in hand? Well, Patrick Pistolesi has created a delightful Christmas Margarita to bring a touch of winter warmth to a summer essential for a taste of a sun-kissed Mexican Christmas. Marrying tequila with spiced ginger, and crisp apple liqueurs, along with sweet agave syrup, this cocktail is fresh yet warming and perfect to savour.
9. Mulled Wine
Typically served around European Christmas markets, a glass of deliciously fruity Mulled Wine will certainly keep the chill away. Made using red wine, fresh oranges, cinnamon, mulling spices and a touch of sugar, or even maple syrup, this cosy drink will also fill your home with sweet, festive aromas to get everyone feeling Christmassy.
10. Hot Toddy
As one of the most famous cocktails enjoyed by many over the winter months, a Hot Toddy combines whiskey, honey, lemon, cinnamon, and cloves topped up with boiling water for a warm and soothing cocktail. Great to serve at Christmas parties or to enjoy alone to get in the festive mood, a Hot Toddy is light, hydrating and makes for a lovely nightcap.
Looking for a gift for the cocktail lover in your life? Our limited edition Christmas Cocktails will bring warmth and festive joy to everyone.
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