Whiskey Cocktails That Are a Perfect Match for Winter Nights

Whiskey is the ideal spirit to keep you warm this winter.  Whether you are entertaining guests or looking for a cocktail designed to sip while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace, you can’t miss with one of these whiskey cocktails.  They are the perfect pairing for cold winter nights.

The Hot Toddy

Not only will this drink warm you up, it soothes the throat and helps fight those winter colds.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon honey, 2 fluid ounces boiling water, 1 ½ fluid ounces whiskey, cinnamon stick, lemon slice, a pinch of ground nutmeg, 3 whole cloves

Directions:

Pour honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mason jar mug. Add cloves, cinnamon, and a slice of lemon. Let it steep for five minutes, then sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy!

The Maple Old-Fashioned

Maple syrup can be used for much more than just pancakes.  Try this twist on a classic whiskey drink.

Ingredients:

2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon, 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, dash of bitters, orange slice

Directions:

Pour maple syrup into a glass. Add ice.  Pour in rye whiskey or bourbon, a little at a time.  Stir in between pours to mix well with the syrup.  Add a dash of bitters.  Rub the orange slice around the inside of a whiskey or rocks glass and add fresh ice to the glass.  Pour the strained mixture into the rocks glass and garnish with orange slice. 

The Manhattan

This simple-to-make classic will keep your insides warm all season long.

 Ingredients:

2 ounces rye whiskey, ½ ounce sweet vermouth, 2-3 dashes of bitters, maraschino cherries, orange peel

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass.  Add ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherries and orange peel.

Reward yourself and your guests by serving your cold-weather cocktails in fine barware.  Bar & Bistro’s hand-crafted glasses and barware are deeply carved and personalized to match any occasion.

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