At the risk of sounding like a 19-year-old frat boy or a 70-year-old retired man, I declare my love for whiskey. There’s something about the dark and slightly sweet liquor that I find irresistible, despite the mornings I wake up cursing its existence. Winter and whiskey go hand-in-hand, because the only thing that beats a super cute and cozy winter coat, is a whiskey coat. I’ve rounded up five recipes for fantastic whiskey cocktails that are classier than shooting fireball (although I won’t judge you if that’s your M.O.—in fact, I may even join you).
Werther’s Hot Toddy: For the gal with the sweet tooth
½ c Caramel
10 Werther’s Butterscotch Candies, crushed
2 c water
10 Werther’s Butterscotch Candies, whole
2 cinnamon sticks
⅓ c lemon juice
4 oz. Whiskey (I like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in this one)
In a shallow plate, pour the caramel (you can even buy the squeezable caramel from Smucker’s and squeeze some out in a circle to save caramel). Dip rims first in the caramel, and then in the crushed Werther’s.
Combine water, full Werther’s, and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the candies are completely melted. Turn heat off, and add lemon juice and whiskey. Add to the mugs and serve!
Irresistible Irish Coffee: When it’s just too cold to get out of bed without a little kick
1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
½ cup Hot Brewed Coffee
Heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water
Empty the water, and add the brown sugar. It’s okay if the mug is a little wet--it helps the brown sugar muddle!
Add in the coffee and stir for one minute, or until the sugar is melted
Add Whiskey, stir again
Top with a dollop of whipped cream
Kiss on the Lips: For the simpleton
2 ounces Bourbon Whiskey
6 ounces Apricot Liqueur
We love this recipe for it’s simplicity--mix the whiskey and apricot liqueur in a tall glass, add in ice cubes and cherry, and enjoy the juxtaposition of warm whiskey and cold ice!
The Socialite: For the more advanced mixologist
1 and ½ ounce Wild Turkey Honey Whiskey
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
¼ ounce Lemon Juice (fresh is best)
In a short chilled glass, mix whiskey and aperol. Stir
Add in sweet vermouth slowly
Sprinkle lemon juice into the mixture
Garnish with raspberries
Whiskey Champagne Punch
3 ounce Whiskey
½ ounce Lemon Juice
¾ ounce Simple Syrup
1 ounces raspberry syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Place two medium sized ice cubes in a stemless wine glass or champagne flute
Add whiskey and lemon juice
Stir in simple syrup, raspberry syrup, and bitters
Top with champagne and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these five fun whiskey cocktails to keep you warm all winter! Cheers!