Trends to WOW Now: 10 Easy Winter Cocktails to Heat up Business


Whether you’re in sub-zero Minnesota or cool California, diners are looking for delicious ways to warm themselves—from the inside out. If you’ve searched the internet for winter cocktails lately, you’ll discover many complex and messy concoctions that are difficult for a working bar to replicate repeatedly.

That’s why we did the work for you. We found ten uncomplicated cocktails, made with ingredients that you likely have on hand. Feel free to customize the names and maybe make a few tweaks to offer signature winter cocktails that will warm souls, build your bottom line and have diners telling their friends.

1. The Pierre Hotel’s Classic Irish Coffee
This proven recipe uses brown sugar, an ingredient often missed, to serve a smooth, even flavor. From The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

2 oz. Irish whiskey
3-1/2 tsp. light brown sugar
4 oz. hot coffee
Garnish with whipped cream

Stir whiskey, brown sugar, and coffee together in a glass mug. Add whipped cream on top.

2. Bourbon Chai Toddy
Based on a Side Car, this concoction includes Chai tea, one of the most popular spiced teas in the U.S. From Cotton Row Restaurant.

1 oz. Kentucky bourbon
1/2 oz. orange-flavored liqueur
1 oz. freshly prepared chai tea
Splash of bitters
Dollop of honey
Garnish with cinnamon sugar and orange twist

Prepare hot chai tea, measure 1 ounce, and pour into a tall glass. Add the remaining liquids. Stir well and serve with cinnamon sugar and orange twist.

3. Hot Obama
Named after our 44th President, this twist on the hot toddy is sweet, tart and a little spicy. From Joe & Misses Doe.

1-1/2 oz. dark (not spiced) rum
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. hot apple cider
1 oz. hot water
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together all ingredients. Grate fresh cinnamon over top. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Serve in a heat resistant glass mug.

4. Hot Shotty Cocktail
This boozy take on Mexican hot chocolate gets an extra kick from a dash of chili powder. From

1 oz. aged tequila
4 oz. hot chocolate
Garnish with whipped cream and chili powder

Add the tequila and hot chocolate to a half-pint glass. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of chili powder.

5. Winter Solstice
Crisp and clear as a cold winter’s day, this cool sip-able cocktail will heat up your brunch or dinner menu. From Martha Stewart.

1-1/2 oz. orange vodka
1/2 oz. orange-flavored liqueur
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes
Club soda
Garnish with 1 mint leaf and 1 raspberry

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice and ice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda. Fold mint leaf in half lengthwise and slip the stem end into the opening of the raspberry and float on top of cocktail.

6. Grand Coffee Cocktail

Warming the cognac first releases an extra-delightful fragrance that diners will drink up. From

1 oz. warmed orange cognac
3 oz. hot coffee
3/4 oz. brown sugar syrup (or stir in brown sugar)
Garnish with whipped cream

Pour all the ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir. Spoon about two tablespoons of whipped cream on top.

7. The Blizzard

Boozy, beautiful and delicious, this cocktail is sure to be a new classic. From Martha Stewart.

1-1/2 oz. Irish whiskey or rum
1/2 oz. hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
Hot coffee
Garnish with whipped cream

In a glass coffee mug, stir together whiskey, hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream; top with coffee. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.

8. Butterscotch Martini
This dessert in a glass warms spirits with the old fashioned taste of butterscotch. From Living Locurto.

1-1/2 oz. vanilla vodka (regular vodka will work)
1-1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
4 oz. cream soda or ginger ale
2 oz. lemon-lime soda

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice cubes, shake and serve straight up in a martini glass.

9. Arctic Kiss
This cool, elegant cocktail adds a sophisticated twist to winter celebrations. From Midnight Mixologist.

2 oz. vodka
3 oz. champagne

Pour vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into champagne flute and top with champagne.

10. Archer’s Peppermint Patty
Inspired by the tasty drink that Archer, the animated secret agent, created as he sped toward the tundra on yet-another dangerous mission. From The Drink Blog.

8 oz. hot chocolate
1 oz. peppermint schnapps
1 oz. dark crème de cacao
¼ oz. crème de menthe
Garnish with whipped cream and optional chocolate shavings

In a glass mug, stir together the peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao and crème de menthe. Then stir in the hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.