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Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa at Home

The Chateau in a Wintry Scene

The wonder of winter is something to behold. If a wintry forecast has shivers running up and down your spine, these winter cocktails and cocoa are perfect for a cozy night on the couch in front of a crackling fire.

Curated and crafted by the mixologists and bartenders at Nemacolin for you to make at home, we’re sharing a favorite mocktail mule, a coco cocoa, and a few others to warm you from the inside out. These winter cocktail recipes are simple to make with ingredients that are easy to source. If you happen to get away to Nemacolin over the winter, you might even convince one of the bartenders at the Circle Bar, the Amber Bar, or The Peak to concoct one of these, too.

Whether enjoying an evening at home on your own or inviting friends over for dinner, these cocktails will take you beyond the ordinary winter nogs, tonics, and swizzles. Delight in the extraordinary!

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: Coco-Cocoa Loco - Your Elevated Hot Chocolate

Coco-Cocoa Loco: Your Elevated Hot Chocolate

If you’re a candy lover and Mars, Inc.’s Bounty is one of your favorites, this just might be the drinkable version of the candy bar. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

1 cup hot cocoa
1 tbsp cream of coconut
1/2 cup marshmallows
Garnish: coconut flakes

In a mug, mix hot cocoa and cream of coconut. Top with marshmallows, and garnish with coconut flakes.

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland: Raspberry, Spice & Everything Nice

Cool like its name, this drink is crisp, light, and fruity, finishing each sip with a sweet mint that mixes on the palate in a delightful way. As beautiful as it is delicious, this one may become your new winter favorite.

1 oz raspberry vodka
1/2 oz spiced rum
1/2 oz mint simple syrup
lemon-lime soda
cranberry juice
Garnish: mint and a frosted cranberry

Build drink in a collins glass with ice, combining the vodka, rum, and simple syrup. Top glass with lemon-lime soda, and add a splash of cranberry juice for a punch of color. Garnish with a pick of mint and a sugar-frosted cranberry to look like holly.

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: Warming Sensations - Winter's Comfort

Warming Sensations: Winter’s Comfort

Like a nice hug from an old friend, this drink communicates comfort. Coming on light and refreshing, it finishes warm and toasty with a subtle taste of fruit and hints of vanilla. You’ll find this one bold enough to intrigue Old Fashioned drinkers but also light enough to be enjoyed by everyone.

1/3 oz raspberry vodka
1/3 oz maple syrup
1/3 oz simple syrup
2 oz bourbon
Garnish: cinnamon and orange zest

Build drink in a rocks glass with ice, combining the vodka, maple syrup, simple syrup, and bourbon. Scrape in cinnamon and a bit of orange zest for flavor. Garnish with a thin, curled orange peel wrapped around a cinnamon stick.

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: Pistachio Cookie Coquito - A Kiss of Fantasy

Pistachio Cookie Coquito: A Kiss of Fantasy

This is a perfectly balanced beverage for someone who enjoys a martini with an extra touch of fantasy. With a kiss of green and the flavor of an amaretto pistachio cookie, this is one to be sipped and enjoyed. Without being too overpowering or sweet, the flavors of pistachio and a delightful bit of cookie marry one another well.

1 oz Bacardi Rum
1/2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum Liqueur
1/2 oz Disaronno
1/2 oz white chocolate liqueur
2 dashes of walnut bitters
2 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 dashes pistachio extract
Garnish: matcha powder and dark chocolate

Add ice to a shaker, combining the rum, liqueurs, bitters, milk, and extract together. Shake well, strain, and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of matcha powder and shaved dark chocolate.

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: The Nutcracker - A Mocktail Mule

The Nutcracker: A Mocktail Mule

This mocktail is a wintry version of an alcohol-free Moscow Mule. When you’ve had enough of working outdoors in the cold, this refreshing drink is your perfect sip in front of a warm, cozy fire. The ginger beer adds a little bite at the end muting the sweetness in your mouth.

1 oz freshly squeezed lime
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
ginger beer
Garnish: rosemary

Mix the juices over ice in a rocks glass or copper mule mug. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Wintry Cocktails & Cocoa: Gingerbread Martini - Tickle Your Cookie Craving

Gingerbread Martini: Tickle Your Cookie Craving

If the delectable taste of gingerbread cookies tickles your tongue, this after-dinner dessert cocktail is for you. It’s creamy. It’s delicious. It’s got a kick that’ll warm you up. And it contains just enough festive spice to satisfy your cookies and milk craving.

1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz RumChata Liqueur
1 oz Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz gingerbread simple syrup
Garnish: whipped cream, candy cane, gingerbread

In a shaker with ice, combine bourbon, cream, liqueurs, and simple syrup. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream, crushed candy cane, and a gingerbread man.

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