5 Easy Winter Cocktail to Keep the Winter Blues Away
If you are spending a wonderful escapade with your loved one during winter season in a cozy Branson log cabin, find a way how to keep the winter blues away. If you are bored with hot toddies, Irish coffee, and mulled wine, update your winter beverages with cocktail drinks that are sure to warm you up from the inside out. Branson log cabins always feature fully furnished kitchen complete with modern appliances, so that if you follow the detailed cocktail recipe listed here and with complete ingredients, you can actually prepare your own winter cocktail drink.
Here are some 5 easy winter cocktails that you can make inside your fully furnished log cabin accommodation which include Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, Bourbon Chai Cocktail, Maple Syrup Sipper, Hazel Nut Coffee Cocktail, and Sweet & Salty Buttered Apple Cider. Each recipe listed for every cocktail drink makes two adult beverages but there is one for just one cocktail glass. These winter cocktail drinks are usually served best in a glass Irish coffee-style mug with a handle unlike the usual clear cocktail glass.
1—Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. Melt ½ cup milk chocolate chips and ½ cup milk in a saucepan over low heat, then stir often. When the chocolate chips are already melted, add two more cups of milk, ¼ cup pumpkin puree and ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
½ cup milk
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup whipped cream
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
Add all ingredients to list.
Directions: Whisk together the milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted and hot chocolate is smooth, up to 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated. Pour hot chocolate into 2 mugs. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over whipped cream.
2—Bourbon Chai Cocktail. The spicy chai which is usually warm is a perfect drink for a cold winter’s day, and it’s even made more warming with the addition of a bourbon like Maker’s Mark, its clove, vanilla, and caramel mix perfectly with the ingredients in the chai. This recipe uses almond milk, but you can substitute it with whole milk instead.
8 bags black tea, paper and string removed
8 green cardamom pods, crushed
8 whole allspice berries, crushed
8 whole black peppercorns, crushed
8 whole cloves
3 star anise
2 whole cinnamon sticks
1⁄2 whole nutmeg, chopped
1 (2") piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds and pod reserved
6 cups hot water
6 cups unsweetened almond milk
1⁄3 cup honey or agave
1 cup spice-forward bourbon, like Maker's Mark
Instructions in making the chai: In a 4-quart saucepan, combine tea, singer, spices, and vanilla bean seeds and pod with 6 cups of hot water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and add almond milk and honey or agave, and whisk to combine. Return to a simmer, remove from heat, and allow to steep 10-15 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing down on solids to extra flavours. Then transfer the chai to a heat-proof serving vessel (like an earthenware pitcher) and stir in bourbon. Alternatively, ladle chai into 8 individual mugs and portion 1 oz. bourbon into each.
3—Maple Syrup Sipper. This delicious maple syrup cocktail is sweetened with maple syrup and garnished with waffles and bacon bits. A unique way to enjoy your lunch in a glass.
1 oz. dark rum
2 oz. Irish Cream
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 oz. milk
¼ cup crumbled bacon bits
2 mini Bisquick frozen waffles
Directions: Cook a few pieces of bacon, let them cool, then cut into small pieces. Following the waffle recipe, make mini waffles to garnish and dip into the cocktail. Add the Irish Cream, milk, rum and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds until they are combined. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Sprinkle a few bacon bits on the top. Add two waffles onto a skewer and place in the cocktail to garnish.
Vermont Sipper is another cocktail that uses maple syrup. This drink will make you feel like you’re right here in the midst of a Vermont fall day.
1 part Apricot Brandy
1 part Gin
A part Benedictine DOM
1 part Calvados
1 part Maple Syrup
Directions: Fill a shaker with ice cubes, add all the ingredients, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4—Hazelnut Coffee Cocktail. Prepare approximately one cup of hot coffee and brew. In each of two glass coffee mugs, add ½ ounce of hazelnut liqueur (such as Fangelico), ½ ounce of Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey’s), and one ounce of bourbon. Top them off with the hot coffee, stir well and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.
3 ounces fresh brewed coffee
2 ounces 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
1 ounce Frangelico
1 ounce half and half
Optional: Chocolate powder of rimming glass or sprinkling on top of the drink.
Directions: Optional, rim glass with vodka and then dip in chocolate powder. Pour fresh brewed coffee, Frangelico, vodka, and half and half into a rocks glass. Add ice and stir. You can also add some chocolate powder on the top of your cocktail. Sip on the back patio with your favourite muffin, read newspaper, or surf the internet. This makes only one cocktail drink. You can share it with your loved one.
5—Sweet & Salty Buttered Apple Cider. Mix together one tablespoon of salted butter (softened or melted), three tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract in a small bowl. Set aside the mixture. Now use a small saucepan and add eight ounces of spiced apple cider and four ounces of dark spiced rum. Now simmer it over medium heat, then pour the mixture carefully into two glass of coffee mugs. Pour half of the butter mixture in each mug, and garnish with a lemon wheel dipped in kosher salt.
Half of a lemon
1 tablespoon softened butter
2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped out
4 ounces dark rum
8 ounces apple cider
Directions: 1. Scatter Maldon salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of two heatproof glasses or mugs with the half lemon, then dip in salt. 2. Combine the butter, maple syrup, and vanilla bean seeds in small bowl. Then set it aside. Combine rum and cider in a small saucepan and simmer it over medium-high heat. Pour into prepared glasses, then top each with half of the butter. Serve immediately while it’s still hot.
So, if you want to stay at some of the best Branson log cabins and want to keep away the winter blues away, this is your chance to make easy winter cocktail drinks to help warm you up from the inside out.