This year has been particularly weird for most of us, so let’s just assume that there are no hard-and-fast rules about cocktail drinking this winter. And, now that it’s freezing all across the globe, what better way to stay warm indoors than to embrace the cold with delicious, seasonally-minded winter cocktails? There’s nothing like winter alcoholic drinks and this year, you do not even have to hop on to the bar to get yourself a winter cocktail. Winter cocktails are so easy to make, that you can do it at home, all by yourself, with your favourite alcohol, whether it is bourbon, rum, or tequila. And if you like your winter drinks fancy, you can always garnish yours with candy canes to liberate the cold within. To make your life easier, we have curated for you some of the best winter cocktails to sip on this year. And, to save your time in looking for ways to prepare one, we have also included the winter cocktails recipe; thank us later, maybe? Autumn in New England The Autumn in New England truly lives up to its name as it fills the room with the fragrance of fall and feels like fresh autumnal produce. For this colorful winter cocktail, you will require a spring or two of fresh sage leaves, 0.25 oz maple syrup, 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz apple cider, and 0.25 oz cider vinegar. In a cocktail shaker, add 2-4 sage leaves and syrup and shake until it is fragrant enough for you. Add bourbon, apple cider, vinegar and fill the shaker with ice. Shake again until everything is well combined and chilled. Double strain the cocktail into chilled old-fashioned whiskey glasses half-filled with ice and garnish with a sprig of sage and a lemon twist. Toby’s Toddy The Toby’s Toddy is made using a split base of cognac and rum. The mixture of the two alcohols adds a depth of flavour and makes it a little delicate. Although it is subtle and won’t beat you over the head, this one still makes for a warm sippable winter cocktail. To make a Toby’s Toddy, you will need 1 oz cognac, 1 oz aged rum, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup and 5 dashes of bitters. Add all the ingredients to 3 ounces of boiling water and serve it up with a straw made out of cinnamon, a lemon wheel and stud your mug with a few cloves. Winter Margarita Winter Margaritas are just like traditional margaritas, but with an egg white. Yes, you read it right! The base of this winter cocktail is split between reposado tequila and mezcal. The reimbursed summer flavours with the thickness of the body accompanied by the smoke of the mezcal are to die for. For a winter margarita, you will need 1 oz slightly aged reposado tequila, 1 oz mezcal (preferably Del Maguey Vida), 1 oz lime juice, 0.75 oz simple syrup and the white of an egg. Shake all the ingredients without ice and then shake it again with ice followed by straining into a coupe glass with a salted rim. This one will surely fight the freezing snow of a December night. Champagne cocktail Champagne cocktails are like everything Renaissance and French, really beautiful, minimal and aesthetic. It also makes for the perfect drink at an elegant party as it elevates the pomp and circumstance of the traditional glass of Champagne. And, it is simply the easiest drink to serve up, whether it is to a room full of people or to make yourself feel special after a hard day at work. All a Champagne Cocktail requires are 4 oz of sparkling wine, a sugar cube per serving and Angostura bitters. Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters and drop it into a champagne flute, followed by filling the flute with sparkling wine or a dry prosecco. For freshness’ sake, garnish with a lemon twist. Cognac French 75 Nobody ever said that winter is all about drowning yourself in alcohol as you bid adieu to the refreshing drinks, but we do say that winter is all about adding alcohol to the refreshing drinks. C’mon, it’s the end of the year and the season of festivities, even your regular gin and tonic deserves to be jazzed up with cognac because how else will you make it more seasonally appropriate? Swapping the gin for the richer and silkier flavours of the cognac definitely turns it into its wintry best. To upgrade your winter cocktail, you will need 1 oz cognac, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup and a splash of sparkling wine. Shake the cognac, lemon juice and sugar syrup with ice and strain it into a Champagne flute. Finally, top it with a dry sparkling wine of your choice and garnish it with a lemon twist. Trust us, it’s better than the Regular 75. Good Tidings You can never go wrong with cranberry and allspice, can you? Cranberry and allspice are so wholesome in itself, that it is hard to mess up this particular winter cocktail. It smells like Thanksgiving and it surely makes you miss your near and dear ones with its traditional winter flavours and fragrance, even though it is basically a tall, easy Collins. All you need for a Good Tiding are 1.5 oz vodka, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz cranberry juice and a bar spoon of allspice dram. Mix and shake all the ingredients with ice and strain it into a Collins glass over ice as you top it with club soda. To make it fancier, garnish with a wheel of lemon and a couple of cloves. Boulevardier Boulevardier is basically a Negroni, but instead of the traditional gin, it makes use of good rye whiskey. The evolution is natural as it introduces a dark spirit into a classic drink that people love and adore. It is an absolute fall favourite for the fellas, even though you can drink it year-round. The ingredients in a Boulevardier are simple as it only requires 1.5 oz rye whiskey, 0.75 oz Campari and 0.75 oz sweet vermouth. Stir all the three ingredients with ice and strain it into a coupe glass AND DON’T FORGET TO SERVE IT UP WITH AN ORANGE TWIST.