10 Dazzling Winter Cocktails
The best seasonal drinks
When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it's time to gather with friends for drinks that have a distinct seasonal appeal.
Warm and comforting, or with a touch of peppermint, chocolate or other seasonal flavors are the trend for cold-weather cocktails. Here are ten of our favorites that are perfect for a date night, or entertaining with friends.
The sweet, creamy chocolate taste of this chilled cocktail makes it part drink, part dessert. Use Maker's Mark Bourbon for the ultimate version.
This vodka, chocolate liqueur, and Irish cream martini is sure to add spark to any holiday gathering. Dip the rim of the martini glass in cocoa powder and top with a mint sprig.
Coconut milk, rum and evaporated milk are the mainstays of this cocktail. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
Greet your guests with an eggnog martini and you'll be sure to spread plenty of good cheer. This combination of eggnog and brandy is a classic.
Blend pomegranate juice, Champagne and Cointreau liqueur to create this refreshing and festive cocktail.
Blend strawberry vodka, white creme de menthe and cranberry juice together and pour into a glass dipped into crushed candy canes for a beverage as beautiful as it is delicious.
Go ahead, put on The Big Lebowski and pour a couple of White Russians for you and your date. It's the signature drink of the Dude, who refers to it as a "Caucasian." Ever since the movie came out, the cocktail has has a revival in popularity. And we know why. The combo of vodka, coffee liqueur (we use Kahlua) and heavy cream is decadently delicious.
The caramel apple tequini is a low-calorie cocktail with just 120 calories, when using Camarena Silver Tequila. The blend of apple juice, sugar-free caramel syrup and tequila is irresistible.
Try this twist on the traditional Manhattan, with allspice, cinnamon, cloves and a dash of cayenne pepper creating a spicy cocktail for the season.
Use this as your new go-to holiday cocktail for guests. You can keep it warm in a dutch overn on the stove top when people will be stopping by, and you can adapt it as needed. Use rum or bourbon, and leave out the butter if you're vegan. It's delicious no matter what you use, since the flavor lies in the warm and spiced apple cider.