Winter Cocktails

Winter is approaching fast and the temperature is certainly dropping. Each year my Mother in Law hosts Christmas for us and she always asks for some cocktail inspiration. Normally we have a Snowball for our Christmas Day cocktail but this year we are going to be trying something different… I’m just not sure what yet. As the weather is getting colder it is the perfect time for me to start getting out my usual host of cocktails I save specifically for this time of year.

Winter Jack Apple Pie

50mls Winter Jack Daniels

150mls Cloudy Apple Juice

Pinch of Ground Nutmeg

Pinch of Ground Ginger

1 Cinnamon Stick

  1. Heat up the apple juice and spices in a saucepan until boiling.
  2. Simmer for a couple of minutes
  3. Put the Winter Jack in a cup or heat resistant glass.
  4. Add the hot apple juice and stir.
  5. Enjoy!

I actually detest Jack Daniels but the Winter Jack tastes like apple pie in a glass. Hubby and I discovered it last year at the Christmas Markets in Vienna, when we came home it was the first thing we bought so we could make it ourselves.

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We got these boot cups in Vienna last Christmas.  Aren’t the cute?

Frozen Pomegranate Margarita

50mls Tequila

25mls Triple Sec

50mls Pomegranate Juice

  1. Put crushed ice and all the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and looks like a Slush Puppy (Adults only!)
  3. Pour into a glass.
  4. Enjoy

Alternatively if you would prefer a traditional Margarita:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients and shake well.
  3. Pour some salt onto a flat plate.
  4. Wet the edge of the glass (I use a lime or orange wedge for this) and dip into the salt.
  5. Strain into a glass.
  6. Enjoy!

You can’t line the glass with salt if you make a frozen margarita because salt melts ice…. It’s a science this cocktail malarkey!

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So yummy!

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Have you noticed my pine cones?

Mulled Wine

1 Bottle of Red Wine

1 Orange

1 Cinnamon Stick

Star Anise

Ground Nutmeg

Ground Ginger

  1. Add everything to a saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer.
  2. Serve once hot enough, this makes 3 servings.
  3. Enjoy

I haven’t added exact amounts of spices as it hugely depends on your personal taste. I don’t add cloves to my Mulled Wine, even though it is traditional to do so, because I really don’t like them and find them an over powering flavour.

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Look more pine cones!

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And check out that reindeer.. He’s my new favourite decoration!

Snowball

25mls Vanilla Vodka

25mls Advocat

100mls Lemonade

  1. Fill a glass with ice
  2. Add all the ingredients
  3. Stir well
  4. Enjoy!
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Image from goodtoknow.co.uk I figured I had drunk enough by this point (I may have had more than one margarita)

All of these serve 1 with the exception of the Mulled Wine.

Didn’t I do well not to add a gin one in?!

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37 Comments

    • November 26, 2016 / 8:37 am

      They were a little special… I may have had a couple, just to double check they were blog worthy you understand 😉 X

  1. November 27, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Mulled wine for me is a must, but your frozen magarita looks amazing! #KCACOLS

  2. November 27, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Oh these look so yummy! Right, they are on my list for xmas! #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. November 28, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Ooh, the margaritas are right up my street – they sound amazing! I’m not a fan of Jack Daniels either, but I do love a warming winter cocktail so might try out the Apple Jack at some point to see what I think! #bigpinklink

    • November 28, 2016 / 10:20 am

      I love the winter jack but would never drink normal Jack Daniels.. The margaritas were the best! X

  4. November 28, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Oh my word these all look amazing – even on a Monday morning! I think I may try the winter jacks for christmas days instead of mulled wine so thank you for sharing this post xx #BigPinkLink

    • November 28, 2016 / 10:21 am

      Oh they would definitely go down well on Christmas day! X

  5. November 28, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    I’m liking the sound of the first one, warm apple pie in a mug – yum! #BigPinkLink

    • November 29, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you they were very yummy!

  6. November 28, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    ewww im loving the sound of the frozen margarita. we have an ice crusher as i used to love cocktail making. become lazy though and it’s quicker to just pour a wine now haha! #KCACOLS

  7. November 28, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I’d love to try the first one! I also can’t wait for my first mulled wine of the year!

    #bigpinklink

    • November 29, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      It is the best winter warmer I think X

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    November 29, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    The Pomegranate one looks lovely, A refreshing way to get tipsy lol.
    #KCACOLS

    • November 29, 2016 / 9:08 pm

      It really is, I highly recommend it X

  9. November 29, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    I am completely on board with alcoholic recipes! I’ll definitely be pinning this to my personal board as well as the #kcacols one! I actually hate Jack Daniels too but you’ve sold me on trying that recipe. Snowballs make me feel a bit queasy too but only because I think they’re usually made with 100-year-old Advocat, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t age the same as whiskey. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • November 30, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      I recommend the JD one highly, it is nothing like normal JD. No I’m not sure Advocat ages the same but I think the bottle my mother in law has is about to see its fourth Christmas! Alcohol kills bacteria doesn’t it? X

  10. November 29, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    With all those cocktails you’ve been drinking I’m amazed you managed to do this post at all!! Lol. These all look amazing. Any of them could replace your 70s snowball. I haven’t had ears of those for donkeys haha. I’m actually quite partial to a bit of JD. Haven’t had it in ages though so need to dig through the cupboards and dust it off.

    P.s Yes I noticed the pine cones!

    • November 30, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      HAHAHA! That made me cackle! Now my husband is looking at me sideways… I think I did well to write the post too! X

  11. December 1, 2016 / 4:59 am

    Nothing better than a cocktail to warm you up in the winter, or to dull your senses with family drama! haha #GlobalBlogging

    • December 1, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      Haha! Oh yes many a family drama needs dulling this end X

  12. December 1, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I’m a mulled cider fan (which i’m gutted to not see on your list!) but I’d give a Winter Jack Apple Pie a try! #kcacols

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      Oh sorry! I didn’t think of that, I’m not a huge cider fan so I often forget it… silly really because I actually like warm cider… work that one out 😂

  13. December 4, 2016 / 12:49 am

    Oooh! These cocktails look delicious! Especially the Winter Jack Apple Pie! Very festive! Thank you for sharing! #globalblogging

    • December 4, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      It is yummy, I highly recommend it X

  14. December 4, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Oh, hell yes Chickadee! These are so up my alley! Loving them all. Very merry christmas indeed! 😉 xx #bigpinklink

    • December 4, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      They are super tasty… they down very quickly 😉

  15. December 4, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    You had me at the first one especially when you said you hate JD as do I. But I’m definitely swayed by your apple pie comment. Thanks! #bigpinklink

    • December 5, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      It is very nice, it took me by surprise considering the JD element X

  16. December 7, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Mmmmm winter jack apple pie sounds delicious! I love making Christmas drinks so this is really good inspiration! I just tried mulled wine for the first time and it is amazing, almost like Christmas in my mouth. Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Mulled wine is brilliant! I was so reluctant to try it at first many years ago, now I make hubby trawl the town with me to try and find some, then inevitably just go home and make it myself!

  17. December 8, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Yummmmmm. Although I had my Christmas party last night so the thought of alcohol right now is making my stomach turn a bit lol. But the mulled wine sounds like something I could probably drink right now, easy on the stomach and a nice Christmassy taste ; ). Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Hehe! ‘wine flu’ as I like to call it. Hope it passes X

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