Three Easy Winter Warmer Cocktail Recipes

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

Three Simple Winter cocktail recipes


A well made drink is welcome all year around, but one that’s built specifically for the season might be the most perfect of all. We’ve finally been forced to put the heating on at home this week and thought that a little list of winter warmers might be nice.

The rules for this list are simple, with the exception of water, ice and dried spices you’ll have in-house already, each drink ought to have no more than three ingredients and require no shaking. Simple, delicious and warming. Nothing more, nothing less.


First up, The Whisky Mac

Timeless in it’s simplicity but wonderfully warm, rich and complex, it’s a perfect winter drink to get us started.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Blended Scotch Whisky

  • Green ginger wine (Stones’ is the one here)

To make it you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Combine equal parts Scotch whisky and Green ginger wine into your favourite tumbler.

  2. Optionally add a few cubes of ice, the ice will make it slightly less rich but also much less aggressive.

  3. A quick stir and a wedge of Lemon and you’re good to go.

Despite the drink’s full name being a Whisky Macdonald, it works surprisingly well with American whiskey as well. If you plan to use Bourbon or Rye, simply adopt a 2:1 ratio of Ginger wine to American and you’ll come out with something as-of-yet unnamed which easily stands up to the original.


Our second drink is something gloriously silly, The Snowball.

Now this is a real Christmas classic, but it’s so good that I feel it deserves more airtime than it’s festive association allows it. This is one of those drinks which at first glance doesn’t sound like it ought to work but is many, many times the sum of its parts and for us, probably top of the list for Winter cocktails.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Warninks Advocaat (Essentially alcoholic custard. Yum.)

  • Lime cordial

  • Lemonade

To make one you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Into a high-ball glass, add plenty of fresh cubed ice and lime cordial as if you were going to make a glass of cordial for yourself.

  2. Add a big slug of Advocaat and top with Lemonade. You’re looking for about a 50:50 ratio of Advocaat to lemonade although feel free to experiment and find your perfect balance.

One of our favourite things about this drink is that it’s not an exact science, it’s also not that boozy so it’s perfect for a bit of a session, even Christmas Day (Sorry, we know it’s early) So you aren’t asleep before the Turkey is ready.


Our final winter drink in this boozy trinity is a simple Hot Toddy.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Blended scotch whisky

  • A nice aged Brandy, Rum or maybe even an old Tequila

  • Runny Honey

  • Some dried spices, star anise, cloves, a cinnamon stick (or powdered) and a twist of black pepper are great choices

To make it you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Into a mug of boiling water, combine a shot of each of your chosen spirits, add a heaped teaspoon of honey and stir it all in together.

  2. Add your spices and leave for 2 minutes to infuse. If you want to, you can take the spices out at this point although for maximum punch, we would choose to leave them in. Obviously you can’t take powdered spices out, but the whole stuff, go nuts.

  3. If you want a little more acidity, a squeeze of Lemon or fresh Orange is optional.

The hot toddy, even more so than the Snowball is an inexact science. In fact, this is a bit more like black magic than science. Like a Bloody Mary, or a good stew, you can chuck almost anything into it and it’ll taste good. Try it with your favourite liqueur or even with a base of green tea instead of hot water. The options are limitless!!


We hope you enjoyed this little list of great winter drinks. If you’re looking for a bar at an event or some expert knowledge when putting together drinks for your event or venue, we’d love to hear from you.

There are forms all over our website to get in touch but if that really doesn’t work for you, email sam@copperpotbar.com directly.

We also love seeing your efforts when it comes to drinks you’ve made at home or behind a bar. If you’ve got a shot of one of our recipes you’ve made, or a story to share, get in touch with us @copperpotbar across social media platforms.

Stay warm this winter!!

Love, Sam.

Photo by Toa Heftiba

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