6 Exotic Cocktails For A Festive Winter Season

Cocktails are the most popular beverage for celebrations all over the world. From simple martinis to exotic caipirinhas, the world of boozy drinks is enormous, and there is something here for everyone. Made with ingredients like spirits, liqueurs, juices, syrups, and garnishes, cocktails can amp up any occasion. These mixed drinks can be prepared according to one's preference, allowing you to improvise on your cocktail-making skills. 

It is true that preparing a perfect cocktail is an art, but there are many simple recipes that can easily be made at home with basic bar essentials like a cocktail shaker, bar spoon, strainer, opener, spirit, fruits, and some pantry essentials from the kitchen. Winter is also on the way, which might be bringing a gust of cold air to your doorstep. So, why not sip some warm and cozy cocktails and welcome festivals and winter together?  

Here are six exciting cocktails you can enjoy in this chilly weather. Made with alcohols like whiskey, brandy, rum, and bourbon, these drinks will keep you warm during the winter, and the hint of spice and other ingredients like cinnamon, chocolate, and cocoa powder will give you a festive vibe.  

Big Apple Manhattan  

This drink is a fruity twist on the classic Manhattan. If you are into strong cocktails, try it for sure. The Big Apple Manhattan is made with just four ingredients: rye whiskey, apple brandy, angostura bitters, and an apple slice. If possible, use a dehydrated apple slice as a garnish instead of a fresh one. It is best enjoyed during or after meals.  

Peppermint Eggnog 

This rich and creamy cocktail is perfect to sip before or post-meal as a dessert during the cold winter season. Made with eggs, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, white chocolate, and heavy cream, this drink is shaken with a splash of rum or bourbon for warmth. You can serve this jazzy and bright cocktail in candy-rimmed mugs for a festive look. 

Hot Buttered Rum

This classic drink is perfect for any winter occasion, and you can enjoy it at any time of the day. Hot buttered rum is a warm and comforting cocktail that has a hint of sweetness. The recipe is very simple, making it perfect for house parties. All you have to do is place sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and spices into an Irish coffee glass and muddle. Then pour in the rum and top it with hot water. You can also garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick. Hot buttered rum is best enjoyed as an evening drink. 

Bourbon Negroni  

Also known as Boulevardier, this is a very easy cocktail for your happy hour. Made with just three ingredients, Bourbon Negroni perfectly fits into your winter celebrations. To prepare it at home, combine bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, pour over fresh ice, and garnish with an orange peel.  

Pumpkin Spice White Russian  

If you love sipping pumpkin spice lattes during the autumn season, then this is the perfect winter drink for you. Pumpkin Spice White Russian is an exciting twist on the classic autumn cocktail and works best as a pre-dinner aperitif. It is made with vodka, Kahlua, pumpkin spice creamer, and cinnamon sticks. You can make the rim with pumpkin pie spice and crushed Graham crackers.  

Chocolate Martini  

Chocolate martini is an excellent combination of booze and sweetness. It is best served as a post-dinner treat with toppings of shaved chocolate, a pinch of cocoa powder, and crushed Oreo. This rich and chocolaty drink is prepared with vodka, chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, ice, and chocolate syrup.