3 Winter Cocktails That Will Make You Forget It's Snowing Outside

Updated 12/14/18
Winter cocktails from the editors of PUNCH
Lizzie Munro

This is veering on blasphemous, but we must confess: We've had one too many mugfuls of  this season. Don't get us wrong, we love the , but now that it's mid-December, we're looking for a fresh crop of cocktails to get us through to spring. Enter winterized versions of our favorite . (Yes, ice included.)

Because we're of the mindset that ice in a glass is always preferable to ice on the ground, we tapped the editors of , a James Beard Award–winning online magazine, for a selection of winter cocktails so bright that they'll make us forget it's snowing outside. Spanning a wintery take on a classic summer spritz to a cold-weather variation on a tropical piña colada, these sippable beverages are essentially a vacation in a glass.

Keep scrolling for three delicious winter cocktail recipes straight from the pages of Punch latest cookbook, Winter Drinks.

Sanguinello Spritz

Sanguinello Spritz
Lizzie Munro

The spritz—the bitter, bubbly, low-alcohol icon of Italian aperitivo culture—is a perfect candidate for riffing and experimentation. This wintry adaptation wrangles the holiday season with the addition of in-season blood orange, spicy Barolo Chinato (a lightly bitter aromatized wine), and vanilla syrup for a spritz with enough stuffing to stand up to the season. 

Ingredients for the spritz

1 oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato
1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 oz Campari 
1/2 oz vanilla syrup (recipe below)
Prosecco, to top 
Garnish blood orange half-wheel 

1 oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato
1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 oz Campari 
1/2 oz vanilla syrup (recipe below)
Prosecco, to top 
Garnish blood orange half-wheel 

Directions for the spritz

Combine the Barolo Chinato, orange juice, Campari, and vanilla syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain over ice into a tall Collins glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with a blood orange half-wheel. 

Ingredients for the vanilla syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean

Directions for the vanilla syrup 

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Piña Colada Milk Punch

Piña Colada Milk Punch
Lizzie Munro

The piña colada so singularly symbolizes summer, it seems an almost impossible feat to make it winter appropriate. Almost. This punch maintains the drink's tropical essence, but transforms it by adding comforting scalded milk. Serves 8. 

Ingredients

14 oz aged rum
8 oz coconut water
4 oz Velvet falernum 
4 oz pineapple juice 
3 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 
1 oz demerara syrup (see Note) 
6 oz whole milk 
Garnish freshly grated nutmeg 

14 oz aged rum
8 oz coconut water
4 oz Velvet falernum 
4 oz pineapple juice 
3 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 
1 oz demerara syrup (see Note) 
6 oz whole milk 
Garnish freshly grated nutmeg 

Directions for the punch

Pour the rum, coconut water, Velvet falernum, pineapple juice, lime juice, and demerara syrup into a heat-safe mixing bowl. Over medium-low heat, heat the milk in a saucepan, stirring continuously until the milk begins to bubble around the edges (taking care not to let it boil). Add the milk to the mixing bowl, stir until it begins to coagulate, and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth or coffee filter until the mixture is clarified. Ladle into cups over ice and garnish with grated nutmeg.

 

Note: To make demerara syrup, follow the recipe for simple syrup (recipe below), substituting rich demerara sugar for regular cane sugar.

Ingredients for the simple syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water

Directions for the simple syrup

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Winter Pimm's Cup

Winter Pimm's Cup
Lizzie Munro

While there is no official category for ostentatiously garnished classics, we refer to them as "chain-reaction drinks." One hits the bar and, soon, everyone's drinking one. The Pimm's Cup—a simple mix of Pimm's No. 1 liqueur and ginger ale, garnished with abandon—is one of those drinks. Here we replace ginger ale with American lager and then garnish the drink with a bounty of fresh winter herbs, apples, and cranberries for a head-turning holiday take on the classic summertime cooler. 

Ingredients

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
3/4 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz Pimm's No. 1 
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 
American lager, to top 
Garnish seasonal fruit and herbs 

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
3/4 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz Pimm's No. 1 
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 
American lager, to top 
Garnish seasonal fruit and herbs 

Directions

Combine the ginger and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to lightly crush the ginger. Add the Pimm's and lemon juice. Add ice, shake, strain over ice into a tall Collins glass, and top with lager. Garnish with seasonal fruit and herbs. 

Ingredients for the simple syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water

Directions for the simple syrup

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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Reprinted with permission from Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails by the Editors of PUNCH, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photography by Lizzie Munro © 2018.

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