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6 Warm Winter Cocktails You Should Learn How To Make


The holiday season is now in full swing, and the Cold Weather adds to the festive feeling. But wHat do you serve to your guests, friends or colleagues if they come for a drink and mince pie? Beverage brands are getting creative with cocktails, especially this time of year, to appeal to drinkers.

Do you want to improve an old Classic or impress your friends with something more quirky? ifwhiskey,rumortequiLait’s your favorite drink, we have something for you. Here are six delicious brand-created cocktails to kick up some New Year’s or holiday cheer. Or just to treat yourself during the coming winter months.

The great old fashioned


TheClassic old fashionedis consideRed by many to be the originalwhiskey cocktail, with a first reference found in 1806. This pLaces it right at the beginning of the cocktail era and the recipe has changed little in 200 years. It has stood the test of time.

The inclusion of Grand Marnier, the cognac-based Orange liqueur, elevates the cocktail to a New and festive level.

How to do it

Making the Grand Old Fashioned is simple. Add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters to a tall gLass, then 30ml of Grand Marnier and 30ml of bourbon or rye whiskey.

Add ice, preferably a Large chunk, but cubes will do. Stir with a spoon for a minute or so then garnish with freshly cut orange zest. Delicious.

The Dalmore & Champagne


You would not considerscotch whiskeyand champagne to be natural bedfellows at a cocktail party, but they can work magnificently together. This is especially true with single malts tHat have a strong sherry cask influence like Dalmore.

The combination gives a delicious mix of fruity freshness and vibrant effervescence. Perfect for a welcome drink or before dinner at any party or gathering.

How to do it

Simply pLace a sugar cube in the base of a champagne flute gLass and drench it with four dashes of orange bitters. Pour 25ml of Dalmore 12 Year Old on top and top with chilled champagne (Prosecco or Cava will also work depending on your budget).

Twist a piece of freshly cut orange zest to spray the surface with the oils. Drink and savor every drop.

The Havana Club 7 Orange


This exquisite cocktail is ideal for any occasion and offers a wonderfully warm and delicious hint of orange. It feels like a big hug in a glass, delivering bold citrus and festive flavors of Cuban rum.

Havana Club is such a versatile brand, and it is the 7-year-old Golden rum and its depth of character that is Best utilized here.

How to do it

You will need a tumbler type glass filled with ice. Add two dashes of orange bitters, 50 ml of Havana Club 7 Años Cuban rum and 15 ml of apricot brandy (if you don’t have one, add a dash of boiling water to a tablespoon of apricot jam, mix and then add).

Stir with a spoon for one minute and garnish with an orange peel twist and a cocktail cherry.

Hot Gin


Forget mulled wine (or hot cider, which seems to be the big thing this year) and try this delicious alternative usinggin. You get all the expected warm and comforting spice but with the vibrant freshness of gin.

A super citrusy one, like Tanqueray Rangpur, works best – it is made with Rangpur limes, an exotic citrus fruit from INDIA.

How to do it

Making it couldn’t be easier: you need 25ml of Tanqueray Rangpur gin and 100ml of apple juice per person. Simply Multiply the ingRedients by the number of people to get more servings.

Pour the gin into a heatproof glass and heat the apple juice in a pan with a handful of spices – cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, juniper berries and a drop of liquid honey.

Pour into a gin glass and garnish with a lemon wedge and a bay leaf.

The Drambuie Espresso Martini


This cocktail offers a festive twist to the popular Espresso Martini. Drambuie is a famous brand of aged whiskey liqueur and really seems to sTand out in the winter months with its sweet, spicy and smoky notes.

It’s also a great addition to a Hot Toddy if you have the flu – just add some Drambuie, a squeeze and slice of lemon, a drop of honey and cover with boiling water.

How to do it

Add 25ml of Drambuie, 25ml of blended Scotch and 50ml of fresh coffee into a cocktail shaker. Vanilla syrup (5ml) is a nice optional extra. Shake vigorously, then add ice. Shake again and pour into a chilled martini glass.

For an extra sparkle, you can rim your glass with a little sugar and edible glitter. Dust with cocoa powder, using a snowflake stencil if you have one.

The Mayan Cafe


This fabulous cocktail has a delicious Mexican twist and uses tequila añejo (which translates to “aged” in Spanish). It also celebrates a couple of ingRedients that the ancient Mayans gave to the world: Chocolate and coffee.

The marriage of the three elements is heady, earthy, decadent and delicious. It’s like Mexico in a cup.

How to do it

You will need a pitcher or mug and a cocktail shaker (if you don’t have one, an old jam jar will do). Add 50ml of Maestro Dobel Añejo tequila, 50ml of freshly brewed coffee, 10ml of coffee liqueur, three dashes of Chocolate bitters, two dashes of orange bitters and 10ml of agave syrup to the shaker.

Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds with ice and strain into mug. Garnish with grated nutmeg, chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon.

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