5 YUMMY, Warm Cocktails To Get You Through This God-Awful Winter

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5 Cocktails To Get You Through This God-Awful Winter

Freezing to death never sounded so delicious.

The never-ending cold of winter seeps through your bones, and blankets just aren't enough sometimes. How can we survive this god-awful winter?

Luckily, our friends at Drizly have the perfect and delicious solution. Chief Cocktail Officer Trisha Antonsen is always mixing up delicious cocktails for all occasions, and she's sharing her one-of-a-kind recipes with us.

With ingredients that are easy to find at home, or at the nearest liquor store, these five cocktails will get you through the bitter cold of winter, and they're sure to warm you from your hat-clad head to your fuzzy-socked toes. 

And the best part? You don't have to be a master bartender to try them yourself. Enjoy them in solitude or with (age-appropriate) friends.

1. Blanche Chaud

Are you a hot chocolate aficionado? Try this classic hot chocolate recipe with a liquor twist.

"Herbaceous green chartreuse and rich chocolate is an unexpected but delightful combination that can never go wrong," says Antonsen. "The classic version of this drink with milk or dark hot chocolate is an apres-ski favorite in the French and Swiss Alps. We threw in our own little twist and opted for white chocolate, resulting in a sweeter, more sugary mixture."


2 ounces green chartreuse liqueur

4 ounces white hot chocolate

Whipped cream

Combine ingredients in a mug, stir then top with whipped cream.

White Hot Chocolate: Heat 4 cups of whole milk in a saucepan. Add 1 bag of white chocolate chips (11 ounces) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until melted, cooking until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Do not boil. Serve immediately.

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Blanche Chaud
2. Blood Orange Bourbon Hot Toddy

Refreshing, even in the cold of winter, Antonsen calls this "the cure to all your winter ailments."

"It's sweet, smooth, and soothing all in one," she says. "For added blood orange flavor, we infused the bourbon with blood orange and also steeped the tea in a warm blood orange soda."


1 1/5 ounce blood orange-infused bourbon

3 to 4 ounces hot tea

1 teaspoon honey

1 Cinnamon stick

1 Lemon

Combine bourbon, hot tea, and honey in a toddy glass or mug. Stir with a cinnamon stick until honey dissolves. Garnish with a fresh lemon wheel. Note: Some people may not like the bitterness of the tea. Try boiling some water with a cinnamon stick, or for added flavor, steep the tea in a blood orange soda warmed in the microwave.

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Blood Orange Bourbon Hot Toddy
3. Pear And Ginger Sparkler

Antonsen calls this drink a twist of the classic mimosa. Instead of orange juice, use pear juice instead.

"Adding the juice last enables the alcohol to rise and the drink to mix itself as you pour," she says.


4 ounces dry sparkling wine or brut Champagne

1 1/2 ounces pear juice

1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

In a Champagne glass, combine Domaine de Canton and sparkling wine. Top with pear juice. Optional: Garnish with fresh pear. 

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Pear And Ginger Sparkler
4. Snow Day Sling

At first glance, this drink looks more like it fits for the summer. But Antonsen assures us that it's the perfect drink to get you through an especially harsh snow day.

"The Irish whiskey flavor and clove aroma combine with fresh fruit juices to deliver a cocktail that will cure even the worst case of winter blues and frozen fingers," she says.


1 1/2 ounces Jameson Whiskey

1/2 ounce mulled wine

1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

1 ounce pineapple juice

3/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Pineapple and clove to garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until shaker base is frosty and cold. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and garnish with a fresh piece of pineapple and cloves.

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Snow Day Sling
5. Bourbon Ginger Cider

Who doesn't love a good cider to battle the cold? Antonsen calls this "a smooth cider cocktail" that will make non-Bourbon fans make an exception.

"It's sweet but still has a fresh bite from the liqueur and fresh grated ginger. Make a large batch of this the night before and impress friends at your next get together," she says.


3 ounces apple cider

1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey

1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

Freshly grated ginger

In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice and shake until cold. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with your favorite seasonal accompaniment.

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Bourbon Ginger Cider



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