A Winter's Cocktail

Winter is coming, and with it so should a change in your cocktail menu. During the winter months, the cold may keep guests hibernating, but entice them to your bar with some seasonal favorites. Remember, that as the weather changes, your guests will be looking for something that will warm them up through the cold months. Whiskey mixed with honey, cinnamon combined with dark rum and any addition of gingerbread flavors help bring out winter wonderland aromas and tastes.


Gingerbread Man
Served at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York

1½ oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka
1 oz. cinnamon stick infused with vodka
1 oz. heavy cream
½ oz. Monin Gingerbread Syrup
Fresh nutmeg, for garnish

Place all ingredients in ice filled mixing glass, shake, strain into Martini glass. Finish with one scrape of fresh nutmeg for garnish.



High Seas
Courtesy of Cascal

1¼ oz. dark rum
½ oz. Chambord
2 oz .Ripe Rouge Natural Soft Drink
Garnish with blood cherries

Add rum and Chambord in a mixing glass over ice and stir then strain into a glass over ice, top off with Ripe Rouge. This can also be served up in a cocktail glass.



Vanilla Caramel Mochaccino
Courtesy of illy illismo

1 can illy issimo mochaccino
½ oz. caramel sauce
1 oz. vanilla infused vodka

Fill cocktail shaker half with ice. Add vodka, caramel sauce and half can of illy issimo mochaccino. Shake vigorously and pour into Martini glass straining the ice.



Gingerbread Martini
Courtesy of RumChata

1½ parts RumChata
¾ part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
¾ parts ginger liqueur
1/3 tablespoon ginger spice

Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake, strain and enjoy.


Hot Caramel Buttered Rum
Courtesy of Ron Abuelo

3 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo
1 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
¼ stick unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. nutmeg
Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Combine all ingredients (excluding rum and vodka) into a hot drinking cup or mug. Mix together with a spoon then add Ron Abuelo Añejo and Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka. Pour in hot water (1 cup or more to personal taste) and stir vigorously until the mixture has dissolved. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Winter Blackberry Ginger Margarita
Courtesy of Perfect Puree of Napa Valley

½ oz. Corzo Silver Tequila
¾ oz. Campari
2 oz. Perfect Purée Blackberry puree, thawed
1/8 oz. Perfect Purée Ginger puree, thawed
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice Agave nectar
Fresh blackberries and a lime twist, for garnish

In a mixing glass, add the ingredients with ice. Shake and pour over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a lime twist.



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