17 Winter Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Winter chill is in the air and the snowflakes are flying. Are you ready for winter? Thankfully, we are here to keep you warm during those cold winter months with delicious cocktails…and, think beyond just warm drinks. Billie Keithley combined seasonal ingredients, home-made syrups and shrubs with our award-winning spirits. Stay warm with these 17 winter cocktails.

NUTS OVER RUM CASK

Nuts Over Rum Cask
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Rum Cask Finish (Buy Now)
4 oz oat milk
1/2 oz orgeat ( or make your own orgeat*)
4 drops Bitterman’s Xocolatl Mole bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain & serve over ice.

Garnish: crushed nuts.

*Homemade Orgeat-
Ingredients:
12 oz raw almonds
3 cups sugar
3 cups water

Instructions: Heat oven to 375. Spread 12 oz of raw almonds on a cookie sheet. Cook 10 minutes. Let cool (you can hear them crackle a bit). Add into spice grinder a few pulses at a time. Over medium heat add 3 cups water and 3 cups sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add Almonds. Turn off heat and cover. Let rest for 8 hours and strain.

PASSION FOR PEACE

Passion For Peace
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum (Buy Now)
2 oz passion fruit juice
3/4 oz brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup*
1/2 oz lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain over pebble ice.

Garnish: lime wheel and fresh ground cinnamon

*Brown sugar/cinnamon simple syrup: over medium heat add 8 oz water and 8 oz brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add 5 cinnamon sticks and let rest.

BRECK WINTER TEA

Breck Winter Tea
*Can be served hot or cold
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Gin (Buy Now)
2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz tea syrup*
1/2 oz fresh blood orange juice
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain up.

Garnish: blood orange slices

*Tea simple syrup: over medium heat add 8 oz brewed tea and 8 oz sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.

SWEATER WEATHER

Sweater Weather
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Espresso Vodka (Buy Now)
1 oz Five Farms Irish Cream
1/2 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 oz espresso
1 egg white (optional)
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice excluding the egg white. Remove ice. Add egg white and Hawthorne strainer spring. Shake again and strain into a coupe glass.

Garnish: orange zest and dark chocolate shavings

BRECK APRES CIDER

1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey (Buy Now)
1/4 oz cider vinegar
1/4 oz honey
1/4 oz lemon juice
Fill with hot cider and stir
Top with whipped cream & apple chip

FIGGY TODDY

Figgy Toddy
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum (Buy Now)
1/2 oz Colorado honey
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
2 bar spoons fig preserves
Top with hot water
Stir all ingredients

Garnish: lemon zest

BRECKENRIDGE SMASH

2 oz Breckenridge Bourbon (Buy Now)
3/4 oz 365 Turbinado simple
1 orange wheel cut into quarters
1 lemon wheel cut into quarters
4 mint leaves
In a rocks glass, add 4 mint leaves, orange, lemon & Turbinado. Gently muddle. Add half glass crushed ice. Stir to incorporate. Add Breckenridge Bourbon & top with crushed ice.

Garnish: mint bouquet and powdered sugar

*Turbinado simple syrup: over medium heat add 8 oz water and 8 oz Turbinado sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.

FLANNEL PAJAMAS

Flannel Pajamas
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka (Buy Now)
4 oz unfiltered apple cider
1/2 oz lemon juice
Top with pear cider beer
Shake top 3 ingredients with ice. Strain over ice, top with cider beer

Garnish: apple slices

JUNIPER NUT TART

1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Gin (Buy Now)
1 oz tart cherry juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/4 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice

Garnish: mint sprig, lime and a couple of Luxardo cherries

SOLSTICE SPIRIT

Solstice Spirit
2 oz Breckenridge Bourbon (Buy Now)
1 oz tart cherry/vanilla bean/cinnamon/allspice syrup*
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve over pebble ice.

Garnish: mint bouquet.

*Tart cherry syrup: 0ver medium heat add 16 oz tart cherry juice, 16 oz sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste. Stir until dissolved. Add 1 cinnamon stick, 2 oz crushed allspice, 1 teaspoon cider vinegar. Stir and let rest for 6 hours. Strain and bottle.

TIKI ANYTIME

1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey (Buy Now)
2 oz almond milk
1 oz cream of coconut
1 oz orgeat
3/4 oz butterscotch liqueur
Shake all ingredients with ice.

Garnish: fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla bean sugar.

BLOOD ORANGE HARD SODA

Blood Orange Hard Soda
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Vodka (Buy Now)
1-1/2 oz blood orange shrub*
Top with soda

Garnish: blood orange

*Make the shrub: over medium heat, add 1 cup of blood orange juice, 1 cup sugar and 2 oz of cider vinegar. Stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat. Let rest for 2 hours.

BOURBON & BOLD

1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Bourbon (Buy Now)
1/2 oz  cherry brandy
1/2 oz Falernum
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Breckenridge Bitter
2 dash cherry vanilla bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice & serve up.

Garnish: brandied cherries

OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS

Of all the Gin Joints
2 oz Breckenridge Gin (Buy Now)
1 oz apple & sage simple syrup*
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve up.

Garnish: mixed basil

*Make the simple syrup: over medium heat, combine 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Add 12 basil leaves and let rest for 2 hours.

WINTER IS COMING

1 oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum (Buy Now)
1/2 oz Breckenridge Espresso Vodka (Buy Now)
1 oz almond milk
1 oz whole milk or heavy cream
1/4 oz macadamia nut liqueur
1 egg white
2 bar spoons of powdered sugar
Shake all ingredients with ice.

Garnish: grated nutmeg and cinnamon

SIERRA VISTA MULE

1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka (Buy Now)
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz Colorado honey simple syrup*
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes cranberry bitters
Top with ginger beer

Garnish: lime and cranberries

*Make the honey simple syrup: over medium heat, add 1 cup water, 1/2 cup honey & 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved.

Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Check out our Thanksgiving cocktail and dish pairings, Christmas cocktails and summer cocktails. Cheers.

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