Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Winter

11 Essential Cocktails to Try in January

Matcha Sesame Punch. Image: Tim Nusog

The holiday season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. Grab your friends and whip up one of these 11 cocktails to chase the winter blues away.

  • Fennel Countdown

    Linnea Covington

    Need something to keep you company as you cozy up under the blankets? This is sure to do the trick. Rum, calvados and citrus-clove liqueur provide the perfect wintery mix of flavor. Fennel syrup and apricot puree add another layer of flavor, and Strongwater Wildfire bitters help round it all out.

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  • Winter Mojito

    Kirsten Opsahl

    This spin on the quintessential summer cocktail proves that it can work in all seasons. Classic lime and mint meld beautifully with more winter-appropriate spiced rum and Licor 43, while a splash of soda water helps to keep it all from becoming too heavy.

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  • Golden Purl

    Linnea Covington

    Traditionally made with hot ale and gin, the Golden Purl is a classic warming drink that we’ve updated to include warm sparkling cider instead of ale. The resulting cocktail may sound strange, but the slight fizz makes it equal parts refreshing and warming, whether you decide to add booze or not.

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  • Lazy Sunday

    Grand Army Tavern

    Even if you have a resolution to be healthier this year, you can still enjoy a cocktail or two, especially if they include good-for-you ingredients like this one. Turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice known for its healing qualities, stars alongside tequila, grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup so you can toast to your health and the new year.

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  • Curiosity Killed the Cat, You Know

    Linnea Covington

    Curiosity may have killed the cat, but this cocktail definitely won’t do any harm. A sophisticated twist on a Hot Toddy, this drink combines gin, génépy and Macvin du Jura liqueur wine for a boozy base that’s lightened and warmed up with some honey, lemon and chamomile tea.

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  • Temple Toddy

    Travis Lincoln

    Chase away winter colds with this hot drink. Apple, lemon, mango and ginger mingle with spices and water in a Crock-Pot until heated through, then are mixed with honey and whiskey to create the ultimate boozy health boost.

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  • Kombucha Mimosa

    Sara Addy Photography

    Give your Mimosa an upgrade by swapping out the orange juice for kombucha. Depending on what kind you use, you can completely change the flavor profile and health benefits of the drink to suit your preferences. Plus, it couldn’t be easier. Just pour a few ounces of sparkling wine into a glass, then top with kombucha.

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  • Beet On

    Michael Tulipan

    Get your veggies in with this ruby-red tipple. Beet juice lends its stunning color to arak, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint leaves. The drink alone is well-balanced and just a little sweet, but an optional sprinkling of goat cheese will take it over the edge and lend a unique savory tang.

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  • Forest Sprite

    Tim Nusog

    You don’t have to leave pine-flavored cocktails in December. In fact, this drink is a perfect way to use up any leftover pine syrup you have. Mix it with gin, fresh lemon juice and seltzer, then top with a dash of Cocktailpunk Alpino cocktail bitters for a little extra flavor. It’s refreshing and wintry all at once.

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  • Northern Exposure

    The Dawson

    This twist on an Irish Coffee is upscale enough to impress all your guests without requiring a ton of work. Just combine whiskey, Kronan Swedish punsch liqueur and cinnamon syrup in a glass, then top with hot coffee, fresh whipped cream and a dusting of chai masala powder.

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  • Matcha-Sesame Punch

    Matcha Sesame Punch. Tim Nusog

    Give your milk punch a savory taste you won’t be able to stop sipping. Sencha-tea-infused vodka, sesame-infused vodka and matcha powder bring their rich and earthy flavors to half-and-half and cane syrup. Shake until frothy, and serve in a teacup.

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