7 Easy-to-Make Winter Cocktails

7 Easy-to-Make Winter Cocktails

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Hosting this holiday season? Warm up your guests with a creative winter cocktail that won’t break the bank. We have compiled a list of the most festive and easy-to-make cocktail recipes that are sure to impress (and are Pinterest and Instagram worthy, too). Make your favorite holiday drink, snap a pic and tag @BuzzTonight in your post. Let’s get shakin!

1. Peppermint Vodka Martini

Pictured in our featured image (courtesy of Smirnoff), this is by far the simplest cocktail you can make. 2 ingredients, festive flavors, excessively high alcohol content – what else do you need? One trip to the liquor store and your party prep is done!

Ingredients:
Peppermint Smirnoff Twist Vodka
Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
Optional: Candy Cane & Grated Nutmeg for garnish

Directions:
Pour 1.25 oz of Peppermint Smirnoff Twist and 0.5 oz of Baileys into a shaker (or honestly, just eyeball it)
Shake shake shake & pour into a chilled martini glass (if you’re feeling fancy; otherwise, plastic cups work fine)
Garnish or drink as is (drinking in shot form is also acceptable)

2. Spiked Eggnog

Eggnog, while tasty, is only ever talked about and consumed in the three weeks leading up to Christmas. Meaning, don’t waste too much time on it. Party guests will likely have one, maybe two glasses to get in the spirit of the holiday, but that’s it. That’s why we recommend buying your eggnog premade, then simply adding the alcohol. Voila, finished!

Ingredients:
Store-bought Eggnog
Dark Rum or Bourbon
Optional: Nutmeg & Cinnamon Sticks for garnish

Directions:
Pour premade eggnog into cups
Mix in alcohol, to taste (again, the stronger the better)
Add garnish and enjoy your one cup of the year!

3. Bourbon Spiked Cider

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The grown-up version of our favorite childhood drink, this bourbon spiked cider is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This simple recipe will melt all those Frosty feelings that come with the holidays (crowds, bills, work parties, small talk with distant family members, bills) and keep your cheeks rosy and warm all night long.

Ingredients:
1 gal. fresh apple cider
5 tsp. ground cinnamon
2½ tsp. ground nutmeg
2½ tsp. ground ginger
3 cups bourbon (or more, if you like it as strong as we do)

Directions:
Add everything except the bourbon to a pot on the stove
Remove pot when mixture is hot (but not boiling)
Stir in bourbon, then serve in mugs (or solo cups, your choice)

4. Irish Coffee

The drink that’ll keep you going all night long, Irish Coffee is the best (and frankly, only) way to start off your night. How else will you make it through all the holiday small talk without an energetic alcohol-induced buzz? Answer: you won’t. So make sure you make one of these before venturing out into the tundra.

Ingredients:
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (if you don’t know what a jigger is – because we didn’t – it’s 1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Directions:
Fill a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty (nothing beats a toasty glass!)
Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full
Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved
Blend in Irish whiskey
Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon
Serve hot, drink and get ready to OWN that holiday party

5. Mulled Wine

Impress your guests with this European specialty drink that will transport them to the cobblestone streets of Rome with every sip. You don’t have to tell them just how easy it is to make (your secret’s safe with us!). Just be sure to keep your concoction from boiling, unless you want alcohol-less wine. In which case, we don’t know why you’re still reading this.

Ingredients:
1 orange, sliced and seeded
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 bottle red wine

Directions:
Combine everything except the wine into a large pot
Slowly bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes
Add the wine and slowly reheat, but do NOT bring to a boil (you’ll burn off the alcohol, dummy)
Serve it up and after a few rounds you’ll start trying to speak in Italian (unfortunately we know this first hand)

6. Mexican Hot Chocolate

Heat up your holidays with a fiery drink from our Southern neighbors. This Mexican Hot Chocolate is perfect for your spice-loving friends, just make sure they cleanse their palate before stepping under the mistletoe. No one wants to get caught with a fire-breathing dragon.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch chili powder
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup boiling water

Directions:
In a large mug, mix the hot chocolate mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and chili powder
Pour in the milk
Add the boiling water, stir and enjoy your fiery cup of lava

7. Christmas Sangria

We know what you’re thinking – Sangria? In the winter? While sangria is typically known as a summer bev, we have discovered a way to make this drink deliciously festive for cold-weather enjoyment. And it looks pretty, too!

Ingredients:
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Braeburn apple
1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries
1 large Sprig rosemary
1 Bottle Pinot grigio
½ cup white grape juice
¼ cup sugar
1 Can club soda

Directions:
Chop up the apples
Put the fruit into a large pitcher
Add the sugar & rosemary sprig
Pour the wine, juice & soda
Stir well and fill up your glasses with alcohol-soaked fruit (which is healthy, right??)

 

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