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25 Favorite Winter-Weather Drinks

25 Favorite Winter-Weather Drinks

Recipes for great drinks to celebrate the season

Maryse Chevriere

There is a lot to love about the December season, but sometimes the pressure of getting everything done in time for the holidays, combined with that frightful, biting cold can turn even the biggest wintertime fan into a Grade-A Grinch.

Nothing a nice, warm mug of perfect hot chocolate or a glass of rich, creamy eggnog can't fix. (No? OK, how about some pomegranate mulled wine, or a strong Irish coffee?)

Just as fall called for cocktails predictably inspired by farmers market favorites — apples, pears, and pumpkins — the winter-weather drink roster also has its band of usual suspects. The aforementioned hot chocolate, of course, and all of its delightful variations — spiced, spiked, or served topped with a homemade marshmallow. Then there are holiday party staples: boozy eggnog, warm punches, and a bevvy of mulled beverages. And for those days cozied up by the fire? Few things satisfy more than a cup of rosemary-infused tea or a warming spiced latte.

It's important to note, however, that not all seasonally appropriate winter drinks are required to be served warm. Rich, creamy concoctions like the classic Brandy Alexander perfectly fit the bill (brandy does have a warming effect, after all).

To that end, we've compiled a collection of 25 favorite recipes to inspire your next seasonal sip.

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24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!


24 Totally Delicious Classic Cocktails to Make at Home

Use this handy guide for making classic cocktails, from Daiquiris to Old-Fashioneds and more.

There are some things that one should know as an adult: How to make pasta (yes, even if you&rsquore avoiding carbs), how to sew on a button, and how to make a killer classic cocktail.

If you&rsquore craving a well-crafted vodka cocktail, a classic Old-Fashioned or a beautifully bitter Negroni (à la Stanley Tucci!), chances are good that neither hard seltzer nor sangria recipe will get the job done.

Some of these popular mixed drinks require learning how to use a shaker or breaking out the blender &mdash hello, perfect crushed ice! &mdash but it&rsquos fun to practice and will guarantee you eager volunteer tasters. On the other hand, many classic cocktail recipes call for only two or three ingredients and a few don&rsquot even need any special equipment. An easy cocktail stirred together after a long week can go a long way to making you feel just a little more civilized. (If you're wondering about the calories, take note that choosing wisely &mdash and drinking in moderation &mdash is key.)

Grab some mixers, some fresh citrus, and your favorite spirit and get shakin'!