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Audrey Saunders’ Ginger Beer

While Pegu Club proprietor Audrey SaundersGin-Gin Mule can be made with canned ginger fizz, it gets even better when mixed with house-made ginger beer, which is remarkably easy to make at home.“Store-bought stuff has a peppery, more than gingery, profile,” says Saunders, interviewed in newly released book “New York Cocktails” (Cider Mill Press, $19.95) by Amanda Schuster. In addition, many brands can be “insipid,” she says.While Pegu Club makes ginger beer by the gallon, here’s a smaller-scale version to try at home. It takes a little time—note the one-hour wait for the ingredients to fully integrate—but yields enough for several cocktails, since only an ounce of this intensely gingery elixir is all that’s needed for maximum piquancy. (Note: Some variations on this recipe call for two ounces of ginger beer when canned versions are used.)This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Secret Weapon That Is Homemade Ginger Beer.”

Cinnamon French Toast

Rum , Modern Classics

When it comes to cooking with rum, you can’t completely eschew the sweet. At the weekend brunch at San Francisco’s Kaya, chef and co-owner Nigel Jones serves this Caribbean-inspired French toast topped with maple syrup infused with dark aged rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Another Thing to Do with Good Rum? Cook with It.”

Charleston Breakfast Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Jerry Slater, a bartender and forthcoming owner of The Expat in Athens, Ga., and co-author of “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails”—has created a Southern take on the Irish Coffee that’s a much more grain-forward, slightly richer version of the drink.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Gran Rosta Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Ray Burns, the owner of Prohibition in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., says there’s never a wrong time of year to drink an Irish Coffee, but it’s especially perfect for winter sipping.

“As Irishmen, we take our Irish Coffee very seriously. The Gran Rosta Coffee has become one of our signature drinks at both Prohibition locations,” Burns says of the drink, which derives its name from the Gaelic words for “popcorn.” “The secret ingredient is a sprinkling of popcorn powder on top.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Fort Defiance Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey Whiskey , Hot

Listed under the “Hot Helpers” category on the drinks menu at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, this Irish Coffee by owner St. John Frizell was once dubbed "the best in the known world" by The New York Times.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”

Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey

Irish Coffee may not be the first coffee drink with alcohol, but it has become one of the most famous. Combining coffee with Irish whiskey, brown sugar and lightly whipped cream, Irish Coffee is a hot, creamy classic.There are many tall tales about the Irish Coffee’s origins. The most credible version attributes the cocktail to Joe Sheridan, the head chef of the restaurant at the Foynes Flying Boat terminal in County Limerick in the early 1940s. Legend has it that when he first served it and was asked if it was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan cheekily replied that it was “Irish coffee.”The drink was later made famous by Staton Deplante, who worked at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco during the 1950s. Deplante wrote about the drink frequently in a travel column that was read widely across the States and piqued curiosity about Irish Coffee.Our version of the Irish Coffee is created by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff and has all of the right ingredients to warm you to the bone.

Pinot Noir Chocolate Brownies


Deep, dark chocolate is every so slightly accented with pinot noir in this decadent adults-only dessert.

These Pinot Noir Chocolate Brownies originally appeared in our DrinkWire channel.

Harvest Time

Scotch Whiskey , Hot

Both locations of RedFarm are local NYC go-tos for hip dim sum and a red-and-white-checkered farmhouse vibe. During these cold winter days, Shawn Chen serves the warming Harvest Time. BenRiach scotch’s smoky campfire notes are given tart, bitter and spiced balance from warm apple cider, a touch of Campari liqueur, house-made ginger syrup and fresh yuzu citrus.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Cold Enough? Try These 11 Warm Cocktails in Bars Now.”

Cafe Correcto con Coco

Rum Whiskey , Hot

Created at Upstairs at The Gwen in Chicago, this original recipe uses a house-made coffee cordial and coconut water, but home bartenders can easily replicate it by substituting brewed coffee and a bit of almond milk. Either way, it’s a slightly sweet, rich coffee drink that’s great for any time of day.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.”

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Guava Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Hot

When temperatures drop and you’re looking for a sipper to warm your bones, check out this tropical twist on a classic Hot Buttered Rum from bartender Juan Coronado. The secret ingredient? Guava paste, a popular ingredient in the Spanish Caribbean.

Hot Buttered Fun


“There’s something so comforting about a good ol’ Hot Buttered Rum—the spices, the rich mouthfeel and a good barrel-aged rum,” says lead bartender Bryan Galligos. He adds Plantation five-year-old rum, lemon juice, hot water and a syrup made from apple tea and demerara sugar. But the pièce de résistance? A pat of butter filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, star anise, cardamom, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and brown sugar, floated so the spices melt into the drink and the flavor develops as you drink it down. “You can’t beat butter,” he says. Um, nope.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “7 Hot Buttered Rum Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

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Rum Fireplace

Rum , Hot

Kick your feet up beside this winter-worthy cocktail, a cozy blend of BACARDÍ Ocho eight-year-old rum, cinnamon-star anise syrup and a trio of fresh fruit juices. Be sure to make extra syrup as it’s an easy way to winterize your favorite classic drinks.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Winter Charm

Rum , Hot

The season’s best sippers bring a little brightness to the warm and fuzzy. The Winter Charm cocktail does exactly that—a balancing act of spiced and tropical flavors held together by a backbone of BACARDÍ Black rum. And if barley syrup sounds too strenuous an undertaking, don’t worry—it’s easier to make (and more delicious) than you think.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Rum Cider

Rum , Hot

This boozy hot cider touches all the bases: BACARDÍ Carta Oro gold rum, apple cider, chamomile tea and a one-two punch of simple syrup and citrus to round out the edges. For an added snap of seasonal spice, don’t miss the grated nutmeg garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Belvedere Unfiltered Hot Cider

Vodka , Hot

What happens when you mix unfiltered premium vodka and unfiltered apple cider? You get a unique and delicious spin on a classic winter drink.

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Belvedere Toddy

Vodka , Hot

It won’t take much to warm up this refined take on the Hot Toddy. Great vodka and all the right garnishes add up to an unforgettable cocktail.

Hot Red Rum


Danny Sawyer, a bartender at Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, describes this glögg riff as warm, rich and spicy.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Hot Mulled Rum


In addition to spices, bartender Aaron Joseph at Baltimore’s uses citrus, ginger and dried hibiscus flowers in his heady rum sip. He recommends reserving the strained out flowers and ginger slices and using them to garnish the drink. Select a lighter-style pinot noir so it won’t compete with the delicate, lightly aged rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Is It a Full Moon?


This drink by owner and bartender Brian Nixon of Washington D.C.’s McClellan’s Retreat has a big dose of fall in the form of a house-made liqueur of vodka and toasted pie spices that’s the liquid equivalent of pumpkin pie. He starts with Scarlet Ibis Trinidad rum, a spirit originally commissioned for New York cocktail bar Death & Co, and mixes it with warm apple cider and the liqueur.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Mama, I’m Coming Home

Scotch Whiskey

Head bartender Jenn Knott calls this cocktail "a one-stop shop for all of the flavors reminiscent of the changing seasons." For it, she infuses Cutty Sark scotch with roasted pecans, then simmers it with apple cider, Fonseca Bin No. 27 port, honey syrup, cinnamon sticks and cloves. It's served in an Irish coffee mug and garnished with a soft caramel candy. It reminds Knott of growing up in Michigan and picking apples at the orchards with her family during the fall.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Nuts for Pecans? Go Drink These Cocktails in Bars Across the USA.”

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Bacardí El Espresso de San Juan

Rum , Modern Classics

Coffee-based rum cocktails are perfect for warming you up. This recipe was created for the coldest winters, using hot coffee, spicy Mayan chocolate, rum and a kick of chili.

Simple Syrup


Learn how to make this easy syrup for all your cocktailing needs.

Allspice Irish Coffee


An Irish Coffee is all about the ingredients. And this one by Mary Chojnacki of the Chicago Athletic Association features amazing coffee, incredible whiskey and a pleasant dash of spice.

Northern Exposure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee from The Dawson is both soothing and luxurious. It’s an upscale cocktail you can make at home.

Irish Goodbye

Modern Classics

Say hello to this beer-centric update on the Irish Coffee by Matthew Frederick of EZ Inn in Chicago. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a beer lover to enjoy it.

Butter & Scotch Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee, great whiskey and a little sweetness turns this Irish Coffee by Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch into something special.

August Laura Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

A few unexpected ingredients and artisanal touches separate this cocktail by Alyssa Sartor of August Laura in New York City from your average Irish Coffee.

Breakfast of Champions

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee and great whiskey make this an unforgettable Irish Coffee riff by Natalie Streiter of Fools Gold in New York City and the perfect addition to any meal.

The Irish Cure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee by Dave Buggy of The Copper Still in New York City hits all of the right fruity notes. It’s an Irish cure-all for bad coffee and cocktails.

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Rob Giles, the beverage director at Until Tomorrow in New York City, would still be a soothing and subtle Irish Coffee without it, but it’s not truly finished until you’ve added the whipped cream.

The Lark Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Hot

You probably don’t associate root beer syrup and nutmeg with Irish Coffee, but that’s exactly why you have to try this recipe from The Lark in San Francisco.

Fallen Leaf

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin created this intricate take on the Hot Toddy. It gets a nice spice from ginger liqueur, a round sweetness from house-made honey syrup and plenty of spice from cinnamon and allspice. Keep in mind this tipple proves strong, so it's best to sip slowly.

Bone & Bacon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Yep, that’s a baby back rib garnish.

Duck Hunt


Consomme gets boozy on this woodsy adventure.

Chicken Soup Hot Toddy

Gin , Hot

Spike your Jewish Penicillin with a shot of gin.

Chicken & Apple Wassail


Whoa: applejack, cider and a shot of stock.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Toddy

Gin , Hot

Your favorite Chinese takeout in boozy form.



Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

Hot Apple Pie


Looking for something to warm you up when it’s cold out? Try this cocktail from Smith & Whistle at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.

Steeply Devoted

Gin , Hot

This boozy tea by bartender Elia Covino at Chicago’s Rebar in Trump hotel will warm you up during winter. “I wanted to make something to replace the mulled wine we would serve around the holidays that would appeal to the Hot Toddy drinkers and that spirits people wouldn't generally think would go well in a warm cocktail,” says Covino. “I knew I wanted vermouth to be a component, and the gin was a wonderful addition, adding more depth and a floral component. The milk chocolate elixir plays off both of those so well, and the ginger snap liqueur and honey add a touch of sweetness.”

Buddy’s Busy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“This cocktail is an ode to the ’85 Bears and the fleeting Honey Bears cheerleaders. I have vivid memories of watching them both during that season, even at six years old,” says bartender Christiana DeLucca of Chicago’s Formento’s. “It's also an homage to Buddy Ryan's 4–6 defense. That man is a legend, and this is my tip o’ the hat to him in cocktail form. Served Toddy style, this cocktail is all about embracing the fall season. Make a large batch, grab a thermos, and you've got the perfect tailgating cocktail to impress your friends.”

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum , Hot

No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.

X-Mas Sin

Armagnac , Modern Classics

OK, sure, the name of this cocktail has a naughty Christmas sort of vibe. But that doesn't mean you can't sip this steamy drink all throughout the colder months, enjoying the pick-me-up hint of coffee paired with the rich bite of Armagnac.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Brandy / Cognac , Hot

It tastes like a warm spiced apple, despite an unlikely list of ingredients.

Maple Beet Shrub


The beautiful thing about shrubs is that there are only two rules: something sweet and something acidic. And although the beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness.

Tea & Sympathy

Cachaça Liqueurs , Hot

Forget the whiskey. This warming Toddy replaces the brown spirit with cachaça laced with chai and spicy ginger liqueur.


Liqueurs , Hot

Give your winter Toddy a Greek vacation by adding Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Spiced Cocoa

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Spice up your next cup of cocoa with this cayenne-spiked recipe mixed with nutty walnut liqueur and bourbon.

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