The 6 Best Winter Cocktails You Need to Curl Up With

The 6 Best Winter Cocktails You Need to Curl Up With

Holiday parties are full of music, fun and lots of toasts. This year, make your party more festive with drink recipes designed just for winter. These are the most comfortable cocktails you've ever tasted - all of which you can make at home. Infuse your own vodka, upgrade it with mulled rosé, or go crazy and top it with a marshmallow. No matter what you choose, you certainly won't be stuck with basic options this year.

1. Mistletoe Mule

Shake 2 oz. Citrus Gin, 1 oz. Lime juice and 2 drops cranberry bitters over ice. Pour into mule cups. 4 oz on top. Ginger beer. Garnish with cranberry skewers and mint leaves.

2. Spiced Chocolate Sour

Shake 1 oz dry cognac, ¾ oz. Mozart Dark Chocolate, ¾ oz. Lemon, ½ oz, clove syrup and ¾ oz egg whites. Then shake with ice. Pour mixture into a large rock glass, then pour ⅓ oz. ports at the top. Garnish with cloves pierced in dehydrated oranges.

3. Aunt Clara's Pink Bunny Pajamas

Shake 1.5 oz. Custom Bourbon Cream, ¾ oz. Citrus Forward Gin, 3 Dashes Cranberry Bitters, ½ oz. Simple syrup with ice. Strain into a martini or coupe. Decorated with orange wheels.

4. Hibiscus Lemongrass Tequila Toddy

Tea: In a small saucepan, combine 1 3-inch piece of lemongrass and ¼ cup hibiscus full lead tea. Cocktails: Mix 1.5 oz. Patron Silver Tequila, 1/4 oz. Green Chili Liqueur, ½ oz. Simple Syrup, ½ oz. fresh lime juice and 3 to 4 oz. A cup of hot hibiscus lemongrass tea. Garnish with lime slices, lemongrass stalks and tea leaves.

5. Red Sangria Smash

Combine 2.5 oz Vanderpump Red Sangria, 2 fresh raspberries, 2 fresh blackberries, 5 oz simple syrup, 3 mint leaves, 0.5 oz lemon juice and muddle. Add ice and shake to cool and further blend flavors. Double filter into double rock glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and fresh berries.

6. Dirty Chai Martini

Heat 2 ½ cups JOI Plant-Based (Cashew or Almond) milk in a saucepan over low heat. Once heated, place 2 to 3 chai tea bags in the pot and steep for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the sweetener of your choice into the milk tea. Brew 4 ounces of espresso. Into each of 2 martini glasses, pour half the chai tea, then add 2 espresso shots to each, then add 1 ounce of vodka to each. Stir and garnish with star anise and cinnamon sticks.