Your Guide to 10 Cozy (& Healthier) Winter Cocktail Recipes
When the air is chilling and the snow is falling, cozy up to these healthier winter cocktail recipes!
Not only are these drinks festive to the winter season, but are poised with better-for-you ingredients. So when the air is chilling and the snow is falling, cozy up to these healthier winter cocktail recipes!
10 Winter Cocktail Recipes
1. Spiked Eggnog
Instead of relying on that notorious eggnog carton to pop up during the holidays, you can produce a homemade eggnog not only in the comfort of your own kitchen, but with total ingredient control!
• 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1 vanilla bean
• 2 large eggs
• ¼ cup Stevia (or other tolerable sugar substitute or sweetener)
• 1 tsp. cornstarch
• 1 tsp. each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
• Shot of dark rum or bourbon
1. Heat two and a half cups of the milk in a medium saucepan, saving the other ½ for step four. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and add the pod to the saucepan with the milk. Simmer together over medium heat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, Stevia, and cornstarch until the mixture is fully incorporated.
3. Whisking constantly, add one cup of the heated milk at a time into the egg mixture. Once fully incorporated, pour mixture back into the saucepan.
4. Place saucepan back over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken. Immediately remove from heat, stir in the remaining ½ cup of milk, and displace the vanilla pod.
5. Whether enjoyed warmed or chilled, spike the the nog with a shot of dark rum or bourbon, along with dressing it with fresh ground nutmeg or garnishing with a cinnamon stick, for a winter mixed drink.
2. Rosemary Gin Fizz
This easy winter cocktail takes just a few minutes to mix up and features fresh ingredients!
In a small drinking glass, muddle a few sprigs of rosemary, the juice of a lemon, and a teaspoon of honey. Fill the glass ¾ full with ice cubes then pour 3 ounces of seltzer water and 1.5 ounces of gin. Gently stir then garnish with a lemon wedge.
3. Clementine Cocktail
Prepared with clementines, dark rum, lemon, and bay leaves, this winter cocktail recipe is a refreshing, tropical delight to relish this cool winter season.
4. Earl Grey Hot Toddy
Tea times takes a whole new meaning with this earl grey hot toddy!
The hot winter cocktail is also completely versatile, so feel free to use your favorite tea bags to accompany your personal preference, along with swapping out lemon for orange juice.
5. Spiked Hot Chocolate
With the cool air blowing and snow falling on the ground, hot chocolate is a cherished wintertime staple to keep you warm and comforted inside. But you can also transform that traditional mug of hot cocoa into your next favorite hot winter cocktail!
What’s the secret ingredient in this spiked hot chocolate recipe? Let's just say it was mint to be…
6. Purely Pomegranate Mojito
Standing at a mere 90 calories per serving, this pomegranate mojito is sure to impress your guests and keep your goals on track this winter season!
• 1 oz. Pomegranate juice
• 1 oz. light rum
• ½ oz. lime juice
• Mint leaves
• Club Soda
1. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with the lime juice.
2. Add ice, pomegranate juice and rum.
3. Top with club soda and stir and garnish with additional mint sprig.
7. Crockpot Mulled Wine
Making that classic winter cocktail just got easier…
Pour and stir the following ingredients in a large crockpot: Two bottles of red wine, ½ cup brandy, ¼ cup maple syrup, 4 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, and an orange and lemon peel.
Cover and heat on the low for about an hour then lower the heat to warm. Pour through a strainer then ladle the mulled wine into mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange wedge.
8. White Russian
Colored as white as the snow, a white Russian is one of the most perfect winter cocktail recipes to relish on!
But rather than loading it up with heavy cream, lighten the fat and calories with this skinny white Russian! Also feel free to add swap coffee liquor with a cold-pressed coffee concentrate as desired.
9. Maple Pumpkin Steamed Almond with Bourbon
Have leftover canned pumpkin from the fall season? Put it to use and prepare this warm cocktail recipe, featuring the infamous pumpkin itself, almond milk, maple syrup, and an optional (but highly recommended) coconut cream for garnish!
Oh, and did we mention the deep finish of bourbon…?
10. Winter Sea Breeze
Dreaming of sweet summertime? Take a flavor trip to the tropics with a sea breeze drink!
Along with its healthier-for-you ingredients, preparing it is a breeze! Simply add 3 ounces of cranberry juice and 1.5 ounces each vodka and grapefruit juice to a tall glass with ice. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig and pomegranates.