1) Ginger Snap
2 oz Bourbon
.25 oz Amaretto
.25 oz ginger liqueur
.25 oz Allspice Dram
.25 oz mulled simple syrup
Prepare your simple syrup as usual, but cook it down with a cinnamon stick, a full clove, allspice, and an anise star.
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Top with ground nutmeg. A ginger snap cookie is optional, but a nice touch.
2) Butterscotch Delight - or - Double Hot Chocolate
2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
8-10 oz Hot Chocolate
.5 oz Amaretto
(If butterscotch isn't your thing, replace the Schnapps with 2 oz of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur)
Pour Schnapps (or Liqueur) and Amaretto into an Irish Coffee glass. Pour in hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, and add chocolate shavings to the top.
3) Uptown Manhattan
2.25 oz Rye Whiskey
.75 oz Amaro Nonino Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist an orange peel over the cocktail for a spray of orange zest and rest the peel on the edge of the glass. Add a cherry if you wish.
4) Agi's Winter Grasshopper
.5 oz Old Tom Gin
.5 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
.25 oz Creme de Menthe (or Licor43 or vanilla liqueur)
.25 oz Kahlua or coffee liqueur
5 oz Coffee
Pour spirits into a coffee glass then add coffee. Add whipped cream to top. If you chose the mint route on this drink, add a mint leaf for decor. If you chose the vanilla route, a cinnamon stick would add a nice touch. Old Tom Gin is a little sweeter than traditional dry gins, but if you only have access to dry gins you may want to change the recipe from .5 oz Irish Cream Liqueur to .75 oz to sweeten it.
5) Mulled Wine
This traditional European recipe takes a little more time and effort than the average cocktail. Think of it as a warm winter version of the Sangria.
4 cups apple cider
1 750mL bottle of red wine (preferably one with more bite like a Cabernet Sauvignon)
.5 cup of Allspice Dram (optional, for a little kick)
.25 cup of honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, halved and juiced
3 anise stars
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into mugs. Adding a cinnamon stick, anise star, or orange zest looks great.
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Max Lizotte is a lead bartender and mixologist for multiple top level caterers in the Seattle area. He loves the showmanship of bartending as well as the fine art of delicately creating modern flavor profiles based on classic cocktails. His current passions are infused drinks and modern takes on Prohibition-era cocktails.