Top 5 Whisky Cocktails that you can try this winter
The arrival of winter also spells the resurgence of our preference for hot beverages. Now for whiskey lovers that do not know what we do, this might come off as quite the predicament, but who says you cannot stir up a quick winter themed whiskey cocktail?
This is the perfect occasion to crank open the spice cabinet, reach into your ever-open bar cabinet and put the ol’ kettle on the flame because we’re bringing you the most amazing winter whiskey cocktail ideas ever.
Including classic favourites such as the Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee, we also have a few surprises up our sleeve that you will most definitely be itching to try out as soon as you get the chance. The love for whiskey may not be seasonal as any whiskey veteran may tell you, but you can definitely put the most interesting seasonal spin to it. Check out the five most delicious winter whiskey cocktails that we recommend you try immediately.
No one knows their whiskey like the Irish do, and it was only their ingenuity that led them to discover how mixing two of the world’s most beloved beverages can do something this extraordinary! Coffee and Whiskey, that’s a match made in Irish heaven and believe us, this is as comforting as a winter drink can get.
The Irish Coffee is what you need on a cold winter morning, or to accompany your light reading during the night when there’s a nip in the air, or maybe whenever you feel like it!
Here’s what you will need to make a quick, delicious Irish Coffee within minutes.
Ingredients for Irish Coffee
Jameson Irish whiskey – 30 ML
Double Whipped Cream – 30 ML
Fresh Espresso Shot – 90 ML
Demerara and Muscovado Sugar Syrup – 15 ML
Cinnamon Stick – 1 Piece
Grated Nutmeg – 1 Pinch
Now that you know all the ingredients you will need to whip up an Irish Coffee, let’s get started on how to make one. Follow these easy steps and you will have your Irish Coffee ready in no time.
Dissolve the Demerara and Muscovado Sugar into boiling water to form a sugar syrup. Then add the Jameson into your favourite coffee mug, and mix the sugar syrup into the whiskey.
Add an espresso shot, roughly 45 ML, into the coffee mug and gently stir the mixture. Whip up some cream into a separate bowl until its stiff and set it aside.
Now add the second espresso shot into the coffee mug, then gently add the whipped cream on top using the back of a spoon. Garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle some grated nutmeg powder on top.
There you have it! Enjoy your Irish Coffee and have a wonderful and lazy winter morning
Cinnamon Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is one of the greatest whiskey based cocktails to have ever been created, and although it may be true when they say ‘Don’t fix what isn’t broken’, this is an exception. With the simplest of twists, you can turn the grand Old Fashioned into the perfect winter whiskey cocktail for you.
Not only do the ingredients not change much, the Cinnamon Old Fashioned presents a phenomenal new infusion of flavour into the drink. No prizes for guessing the secret ingredient but you may know that the result is going to be breath-taking.
Ingredients for Cinnamon Old Fashioned
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition – 30 ML
Havana Club Dark Rum – 30 ML
Cinnamon – 2 Sticks
Powdered Sugar – 50 Grams
Angostura Bitters – 2 Dashes
Orange Peel – 1 Pc
An order to prepare the Cinnamon Old Fashioned, you will first be required to prepare a Cinnamon Sugar Syrup which makes this recipe just a little tedious. Don’t worry, when you take the first sip of the drink you’ve made, it will all be worth it.
Add the sugar and 100 ML water to a saucepan with the 2 cinnamon sticks. Stir the mixture until a syrupy liquid is formed, then strain the syrup and allow it to cool.
Now add the cinnamon sugar syrup, Angostura Bitters, Jameson Caskmates Stout whiskey and the Havana Club dark rum into a cocktail shaker filled with two large ice cubes. Stir the mixture for a few seconds.
Place a large ice cube into an Old Fashioned glass, and pour the mixture over the ice cube. Add the orange peel to the glass for garnish and the Cinnamon Old Fashioned is ready to be devoured. We suggest preparing some extra Cinnamon Sugar syrup in advance because you may end up drinking a lot of these!
Bourbon Hot Chocolate
When you bring the two drinks you have loved all your life, one as a child and one as an adult, the result can be truly magnificent. Ask anyone that’s tried the Bourbon Hot Chocolate and they will tell you exactly the same, it’s quite simply the next best thing to heaven on Earth.
There’s just something about a cup of hot chocolate that works wonders on a person’s mood. More so during winters when one yearns for warmth and comfort, after a long day at work or perhaps in the morning on a day off. Now you bring talk of Bourbon into this and things just get a whole lot more interesting don’t they?
Whole Milk – 1 Cup
Chocolate Bar – 1 Ounce
Honey – 1 Tbsp.
Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon – 60 ML
Vanilla Extract – 1 Tsp.
Whipped Cream – Per Taste
These are essentially very easy ingredients to grab a hold of, and you can get started on preparing the Bourbon Old Fashioned as soon as you can get them. Let’s get started on how you can start preparing the Bourbon Old Fashioned in four easy steps.
Heat the milk in a saucepan on a low flame until bubbles begin to form at the sides, then turn off the flame and set the saucepan aside.
Break the chocolate bar into pieces and add it to the saucepan along with the honey. Stir the mixture with a whisk until the chocolate and honey have dissolved. Return the saucepan to a low flame and stir until the mixture is hot.
Add the mixture to a mug, and gently pour in the vanilla extract and Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon. Stir the mixture and garnish with a dollop or two of whipped cream. You can opt for marshmallows too if you like!
That’s all you need to do to make a quick cuppa of spiked hot chocolate while you lay in bed reading, or watching your favourite movie.
The Hot Toddy is the ideal nightcap after a long, exhausting day but its appeal is enhanced multi-fold when it’s colder outside. What makes the Hot Toddy an ideal whiskey cocktail for winters is not simply that it’s a warm drink, but the soothing comfort offered by the ingredients.
Cinnamon, cloves, honey, lemon juice and of course, the pivotal whiskey all come together to create something equivalent to a warm hug, but on the inside. The Hot Toddy is a must try for everyone that isn’t particularly fond of coffee, or needs to catch up on some overdue slumber. It’s easy, it’s quick and most of all it’s going to make you want to drink more than one!
Ingredients for Hot Toddy
Jameson Irish whiskey – 60 ML
Honey – 1Tbsp.
Fresh Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp.
Cinnamon – 1 Stick
Cloves – 4 Pcs
Lemon – 1 Slice
Simple, scrumptious and soothing are the three words most often associated with this drink and in that particular order. Now that you have the list of ingredients, all of which you will find lying around the house, let’s get started on preparing the Irish remedy for a good night’s sleep.
Stick the cloves into the lemon slice and set it aside. Now add some boiling water, honey, lemon juice and Jameson Irish whiskey to a teacup and stir it gently until the honey has dissolved.
Add the cinnamon stick to the mixture, then stir it gently. Fill the teacup with boiling water and gently stir it for a few seconds again.
Now add the lemon slice with cloves to the teacup and your drink is ready.
Enjoy the Hot Toddy, and make as many as you like because there’s nothing better than the comfort of this delectable concoction.
It may not be the typical warm winter whisky cocktail that one may expect, but the Penicillin does carry a spicy kick that does grace you with warmth as it goes down. It’s the ginger that does the trick, and if you use a whisky that has hints of spiciness, even better.
The Penicillin is a whisky cocktail created by Sam Ross, a New York based bartender
Ingredients for The Penicillin
Ballantine’s blended Scotch – 60 ML
Lemon Juice – 20 ML
Honey-Ginger Syrup – 20 ML
Laphroaig 10 single malt – 10 ML
Candied Ginger – For Garnish
The Penicillin is another easy-to-make whisky drink that can be ready to enjoy in no time, but carries some truly refreshing flavours. Now you must first make the honey-ginger syrup in order to get started so let’s;
Thinly slice a large piece of ginger and combine it with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey in a saucepan on medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and lower the flame, allowing the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, then strain and chill it in the refrigerator.
Add the Ballantine’s blended Scotch, Lemon Juice and Honey-Ginger syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and mix well. Strain the mixture into a lowball glass filled with two ice cubes.
Top the drink with the Laphroaig 10, and garnish with a piece of candied ginger.
Voila! Your delicious winter whisky cocktail is ready to be served. Make sure you prepare lots of honey-ginger syrup because you end up having a few more Penicillin’s than you expected.
The Irish Coffee, Cinnamon Old Fashioned, Bourbon Hot Chocolate, Hot Toddy and Penicillin are our top five recommendations for winter whiskey cocktails that you will most definitely fall in live with. Cheers!