As winter approaches, the nights grow longer and the air gets colder. It's the season of cozy gatherings and intimate get-togethers with friends and family.
And what better way to warm up the occasion than with a batch cocktail?
Batch cocktails are the perfect solution for winter entertaining. They allow you to create large quantities of cocktails in advance, freeing up your time to mingle with your guests.
Plus, they're a great way to showcase your bartending skills and impress your guests with your creativity.
But with so many winter flavors to choose from, it can be tough to decide on the perfect recipe.
Do you go for something warm and spicy, or something sweet and fruity? Do you stick with classic flavors or try something new and unexpected?
That's where we come in. We've scoured the internet and consulted with some of the most talented bartenders around to bring you the best winter batch cocktail recipes.
From classic eggnog to innovative concoctions featuring seasonal fruits and spices, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests. So sit back, grab a warm blanket, and get ready to sip your way through the best winter cocktails around.
1. Winter Cranberry Margarita
The Winter Cranberry Margarita is a festive and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. This cocktail combines the classic margarita flavors with sweet cranberry juice, resulting in a delicious and strong drink. The addition of fresh cranberries, lime, and thyme or rosemary as garnish gives the cocktail a beautiful presentation that is sure to impress your guests.
If you're looking for a batch cocktail to serve at your holiday party, this Winter Cranberry Margarita is a great choice. It's easy to make in a pitcher and will be a crowd-pleaser among your guests. Don't miss out on this show-stopping cocktail that will add a touch of festivity to your winter gatherings.
2. Spiced Holiday Sangria
The Spiced Holiday Sangria is a perfect addition to any winter gathering. This fruity and punchy cocktail is infused with seasonal spices that will warm you up from the inside out. It's a total crowd-pleaser and couldn't be easier to make, making it perfect for entertaining.
This large batch cocktail can be made in advance, which is always a plus during the busy holiday season. The recipe yields 6-8 servings, but can easily be scaled up for a larger crowd. If you're looking for a sophisticated and festive cocktail that will make everyone happy, the Spiced Holiday Sangria is a must-try.
3. Winter Moscato Punch
Winter Moscato Punch is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for any winter gathering. Made with a few simple ingredients, this sangria is a crowd-pleaser and will have your guests coming back for more. The combination of moscato wine, winter garnishes, and flavorful ingredients make this cocktail a must-try for any holiday party.
Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas party, or New Year's Eve celebration, this cocktail is sure to impress. So, gather your friends and family, and serve up a batch of Winter Moscato Punch for a festive and flavorful drink that everyone will love.
4. Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail
The Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is a perfect drink for those who want to warm up during the colder months. The combination of cranberry and orange flavors with the whiskey creates a cozy and comforting taste that is perfect for sipping by the fireplace.
This cocktail is versatile enough to be enjoyed year-round, making it a great addition to any bartender's repertoire. The recipe can be easily adjusted to make a large batch for parties or gatherings. If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make winter cocktail, the Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
5. Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch
"Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch" is a must-try Winter Batch Cocktail recipe for those who love a fresh and fruity drink. This large-batch cocktail is a perfect combination of tequila, grapefruit and citrus juices, fresh cranberry puree, and soda. The tartness of cranberry, lime, and grapefruit is balanced by the sweetness of fresh squeezed orange juice, making it a light and refreshing holiday punch.
The cocktail is easy to make and perfect for parties, as it can be prepared ahead of time and served in a punchbowl. The addition of citrus slices, cocktail straws, and rim salt or sugar makes it more personalized and special. So, if you're looking for a fun themed beverage to impress your guests, "Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch" is the perfect choice.
6. Wisconsin Brandy Slush
If you're looking for a classic winter cocktail that's perfect for a crowd, look no further than the Wisconsin Brandy Slush. This frozen cocktail is made with black tea, orange juice, lemonade, and, of course, good quality brandy. It's a staple during the holiday season in Wisconsin and is known for its bright and bubbly flavor.
What's great about this cocktail is that it can be made ahead of time and in large quantities, making it perfect for gatherings of all kinds. Plus, you can adjust the amount of brandy to suit your tolerance. Whether you're from Wisconsin or not, the Wisconsin Brandy Slush is sure to become a winter favorite.
7. Pomegranate Champagne Spritzers
Looking for a festive and refreshing cocktail to serve at your next holiday party? Look no further than the Pomegranate Champagne Spritzers! This cocktail combines the bubbly goodness of champagne with the sweet and tart flavors of pomegranate, making it the perfect winter cocktail.
The recipe is simple and easy to make, and the end result is a beautiful and delicious drink that is sure to impress your guests. So why not add a little sparkle to your holiday season with the Pomegranate Champagne Spritzers? Give it a try and see for yourself!
8. White Russian
White Russian is a classic cocktail that is perfect for a winter gathering. This cocktail is inspired by the Bad Moms movie and is a large batch recipe that is easy to make. It is a combination of Kahlua, chocolate, and vodka, which gives it a rich and creamy taste.
The recipe is perfect for those who want to get a little bad and have fun with their mom friends. The White Russian is a perfect drink for those who want to enjoy a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail during the winter season.
9. Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour
The Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour is a refreshing twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for winter gatherings. This seasonal batch cocktail features the unique flavor of Meyer lemons, which are smaller, rounder, and sweeter than regular lemons.
The combination of fresh Meyer lemon and lime juices gives this cocktail a tangy and zesty taste that is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of simple syrup and the boldness of whiskey. This cocktail is easy to make in advance, freeing up your time to enjoy the party. If you're looking for a delicious and unique winter batch cocktail, the Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour is definitely worth a try.
10. Cranberry Vodka Christmas Punch
The Cranberry Vodka Christmas Punch is a perfect addition to any winter party. This festive cocktail is a combination of vodka, cranberry and lime juices, simple syrup and lemon-lime soda. It is light, refreshing and easy to make, making it a great choice for any host who wants to serve up a big batch of party drinks.
The bright and bubbly flavors of this punch are sure to please any guest who loves a good vodka cranberry or cosmopolitan cocktail. If you're looking for a seasonal party punch that is both easy to make and delicious, the Cranberry Vodka Christmas Punch is definitely worth trying.
11. Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that has been a tradition in the author's family for generations. It's a simple yet delicious mix of whiskey, fresh lemon juice, orange liquor, and homemade simple syrup. This large batch recipe is perfect for a winter gathering or party and is sure to please any crowd.
The addition of orange juice adds a touch of sweetness to balance the tartness of the lemon juice. The cocktail is best served with maraschino cherries and orange wedges to add a pop of color and flavor. The Whiskey Sour is a timeless cocktail that is easy to make and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
12. Winter Margarita
The Winter Margarita is a refreshing twist on the classic Margarita that is perfect for the winter season. This cocktail combines gold tequila with pomegranate and cranberry juices, and a touch of orange liqueur to create a tangy and slightly sweet flavor.
The addition of salt on the rim of the glass provides the perfect balance to the cocktail's tartness. This cocktail is easy to make and is perfect for festive holiday parties or any winter occasion. If you're looking for a unique and delicious winter cocktail, the Winter Margarita is definitely worth trying.
13. Perfect Manhattan Cocktail
The Perfect Manhattan Cocktail is a classic drink that every whiskey lover should try. This cocktail is a perfect blend of bourbon, vermouth, bitters, and cherry juice. It is said to have originated in the 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City and became very fashionable after a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill.
The cocktail is easy to make and can be enjoyed with friends during the winter season. The Perfect Manhattan Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves the taste of whiskey and wants to experience a classic cocktail.
14. Whiskey Ginger Cocktail
The Whiskey Ginger Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for any winter gathering. With just three simple ingredients – whiskey, ginger ale, and fresh lime juice – this cocktail is a crowd-pleaser that even non-whiskey drinkers will enjoy.
The combination of the spicy ginger ale and the tart lime juice perfectly complements the smoothness of the whiskey, making this drink a must-try for anyone looking for a simple and delicious winter cocktail. Whether you're hosting a party or just looking for a cozy night in, the Whiskey Ginger Cocktail is sure to be a hit. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?
15. Elderflower Martini
The Elderflower Martini is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to warm up this winter. This light and bright drink is a perfect balance of flavors, not too sweet and not too tart. The cocktail is made with gin, vodka, and elderflower liqueur, and is topped off with a homemade sweet and sour mix.
The drink is served in a martini glass with a squeeze of lime for an extra kick. The Elderflower Martini is a great cocktail for parties, and is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it. So why not give it a try this winter and see for yourself why it's one of our favorites?
16. Bourbon and Sage Cocktail
If you're looking for a refreshing and aromatic cocktail to serve at your winter party, the Bourbon and Sage Cocktail is a must-try. This cocktail is made up of only three ingredients – bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and sage-infused simple syrup.
The earthy and aromatic flavor of sage complements the bourbon and lemon juice perfectly, making it a delightful and smooth sip. The adorable cocktail garnish of a baby sprig of sage adds a touch of cuteness to the drink. It's a simple yet elegant cocktail that will impress your guests. Give it a try and see for yourself why this cocktail is a winter favorite.
17. Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail is a timeless and sophisticated drink that has been around since the 1800s. This cocktail is not your average whiskey sour, as it includes egg whites, which add a frothy and silky texture to the drink. The egg whites are shaken with the other ingredients to create a foam that sits on top of the cocktail, giving it a beautiful presentation.
The whiskey sour is perfect for winter nights, as it warms you up from the inside out. It's a classic cocktail that never goes out of style and is sure to impress your guests. So, if you're looking for a winter batch cocktail that is both elegant and delicious, the Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
18. Cranberry Wine Punch
Looking for a festive and easy-to-make cocktail to serve at your winter gathering? Look no further than the Cranberry Wine Punch. This delightful cocktail features Llano Estacado Pinot Grigio, cranberry-pomegranate juice, and a homemade simple syrup made with honey, cinnamon, star anise, fresh ginger, and orange peel.
The garnish of fresh cranberries, pomegranate arils, and cinnamon sticks adds a beautiful touch to this already stunning cocktail. Best served chilled or over ice, this cocktail can be made in advance, making it the perfect addition to any winter batch cocktail lineup. Whether you're hosting a party or just looking for a cozy night in, the Cranberry Wine Punch is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
19. French 77 Pink Champagne Cocktail
The French 77 Pink Champagne Cocktail is a twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, with the addition of Elderflower Liqueur and pink gin. The pink color of the gin comes from the addition of herb and spiced bitters.
The result is a well-balanced gin with juniper still at the forefront, along with a harmonious balance of herbal and spiced bitters. The French 77 Pink Champagne Cocktail is perfect for those who want to try something new and different from the classic French 75 cocktail.
20. Spiked Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for a cozy and decadent winter cocktail, look no further than Spiked Hot Chocolate. Made with real chocolate and just a handful of ingredients, this rich and creamy drink is perfect for sipping by the fire on a chilly evening.
What sets this cocktail apart is the option to customize it with your favorite alcohol – from aged spirits to flavored liqueurs. Whether you prefer it with a kick of bourbon or a splash of peppermint schnapps, Spiked Hot Chocolate is sure to warm you up from the inside out. So grab a mug, snuggle up, and indulge in this delicious winter treat.