Winter is certainly not my favorite season, but there's nothing better on a cold and dark night than warming up with a cocktail and watching cheesy holiday movies on the Hallmark channel. The people in my house (names withheld - you know who you are) don't believe in turning up the heat, so sometimes a little bourbon has to serve as my heat substitute. Check out 3 easy cocktail recipes (via) that you should absolutely try this winter:
Rosemary Prosecco: is so simple it’s barely a cocktail, this is an easy way to make a glass of sparkling wine more interesting, and you can make the syrup several days ahead of time.
To make the rosemary simple syrup: simmer equal parts water and sugar, add one sprig of rosemary per cup of sugar, simmer for about five minutes, let cool. Taste—if the rosemary isn’t strong enough, add more and re-simmer. If it’s too strong, dilute with more sugar and water.
Per champagne flute (or, you know, mason jar): half an ounce of rosemary simple syrup, fill with prosecco (about four ounces) and add a dash of bitters.
Lion's Tail: is a bourbon lover’s cocktail, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my fave for the next few months. Lion’s Tails are traditionally shaken and then served up, but it turns out they’re also great on the rocks. You could even mix the entire thing into a punch bowl or drink and serve it on the rocks when needed. Drink carefully, because these suckers are strong.
Mix together: one part allspice dram (should be available at any well-stocked liquor store), one part lime juice, one part simple syrup, six parts bourbon.
Serve over ice, with two dashes of bitters and a lime wheel.
Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate: need I say more? Booze + hot chocolate = it doesn't get any better!
Make spicy hot chocolate from mix (I found this one at Whole Foods) using water instead of milk, and twice the called for powder for the amount of liquid.
Per cup of hot chocolate, add three ounces mezcal and seven dashes chocolate bitters.
Serve with a cinnamon stick garnish. Or better yet - marshmallows!!!
Have a favorite favorite winter cocktail? Share it in the comments! I’m always looking for something fun to serve, so don’t hold back. Cheers!