Drink This Now: 41 Warm Cocktails to Help You Survive Winter Woes
As much as we try to avoid the (very) cold, hard truth, winter is fast approaching. Although I love winter and the excitement it brings, frigid temperatures tend to leave me walled in, wearing five layers and huddled next to a space heater. But to Jack Frost I say two can play this game, so I'm equipping you with delicious and warm libations to take on whatever he throws your way this winter.
Batten down the hatches, the end is nigh! The weatherman just confirmed the blizzard to end all blizzards is headed your way. You may think you're going down, but at least go down fighting with a boozy peppermint patty hot cocoa in your hand.
Make This: Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa
It's Christmas Vacation — only real life. You open your front door to find your own version of Cousin Eddie and his dilapidated RV parked in your driveway. "This is a surprise, Clark. This is just a real nice surprise." Have no fear, a coconut cream pie cocktail is here. This is when the cocktail portion of this survival guide becomes particularly relevant.
Make This: Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail
You were going to be productive and go Christmas shopping, but then your car's push start failed. Let's be honest, it's no longer worth the effort. Go ahead and pat your back, you gave it all you've got. It's now time to sip a hot ginger toddy. Never forget, it's the thought that counts.
Make This: Hot Ginger Toddy
You're faced with the arduous task of getting the mail. The seemingly endless 30 feet to the mailbox feels more like 30 miles. Congratulations, you deserve a medal or a warm apple pie cocktail. Enjoy sweet, sweet victory.
Make This: Positively Warm Apple Pie
Baby, It's Cold Outside
You're gearing up for the holidays and you hear the popular winter anthem "Baby It’s Cold Outside." You tell the rather pushy Johnny Mercer that he does indeed have a point and that's all the justification you need to sip a chai yai yai.
Make This: Chai Yai Yai
Bills, Bills, Bills
You're trying to save money on your electricity bill. Avoid dialing up the heat and sip on traditional mulled wine for a win-win situation. Although your house might feel like Antarctica, you can revel in knowing about all of those precious dollars you're saving and take a moment to look at the glass half full. Or just go ahead and top it off.
Make This: Traditional Mulled Wine
Need more reasons to sip winter cocktails? Look no further.
You're Stuck at the Kids' Table Again
If you have to spend another year eating at a rickety card table in the company of your four-year-old cousin, you might as well enjoy an adult drink that will be the envy of your pint-sized companion. The Hot Peppermint Rod's bright peppermint stick and whipped cream topper evokes your childhood days, but a healthy helping of vodka makes it distinctly adult.
You Want to Help Friends Through the Season
Pass on some holiday cheer (and help friends preserve their sanity!) by sharing small bottles of liquor infused with seasonal ingredients like vanilla and anise. Get our step-by-step instructions and printable labels.
Your Great Uncle Won't Stop Talking About the Election
If you want to get through dessert without taking the political bait, you'll need to find some common ground. Something we can all agree on: The dirty martini is a year-round crowd pleaser that's just as popular today as it was during the swinging '60s. The only issue on which to vote: shaken or stirred.
Your Brother Brings Five Extra Guests to Dinner
Oh, you didn't get the text he sent about extending an invitation to his new neighbors? It's OK. Just smile and pour a little bit more cranberry juice into the Cranberry Hot Toddy; it's easy to stretch this mix of cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon.
You Want to Be in Anguilla, But You're in Annapolis
You love your family, but after hours at the airport and a harrowing car ride, you're ready to escape to the Caribbean — if only in a glass. This frozen cocktail hails from sunny Anguilla and combines coconut, rum and pineapple juice for a tasty, fruity mini-vacation.
Your Aunt Won't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Shouldn't you be using cinnamon in that pie? Where's the green bean casserole? Skip the pre-dinner interrogation this year by asking your relative to be in charge of the morning Bloody Mary station. She'll be so busy setting out the Tabasco sauce, celery spears and olives that she might forget to critique your every move.
You Want to Sip Something Iconic
This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and the women of Sex and the City. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
You Get a Group of Surprise Visitors
You're glad friends were "in the neighborhood," but you wish you'd had time to shop for supplies. Never fear: Keep a bottle of gin, a few limes and some tonic water on hand for a quick, classic cocktail that can be modified as you please. Cranberry juice? Pomegranate seeds? Campari? Add a bit for festive color and flavor.
Someone Ate the Last Slice of Pie
When someone else calls dibs on your after-dessert treat, mix up this drinkable pumpkin pie replica. Combine vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half, then garnish with the perfect "crust" made of crushed graham crackers.