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Spruce up your spirits with winter cocktails

india Updated: Jan 28, 2012 13:53 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Gone are the days when all you could have to satiate your cocktail craving, was a Margarita, a Mojito or one of those old traditional cold concoctions, even on a chilly winter evening. Today, with warm winter cocktails such as toddies, spiced rums and even good ol’ brandy brews served across bars and restaurants, there is no dearth of options for guzzlers to beat the chill.

“While cocktails are generally served chilled at 6-7 degree, in winters, warming ingredients such as brandy, red wine, rum and cognac are used, and served at a temperature of 12-13 degree,” says mixologist Deepak Fartyal of Club Quantum, The Leap.

Most winter cocktails are also loaded with natural warming ingredients such as allspice, cinnamon, ginger syrup and even tea decoctions.

“Allspice and ginger help fight cold and bad throat. Winter cocktails often contain Kahlua, which is high in caffeine that keeps the body warm,” says Ashish Malhotra, bar manager, F Bar & Lounge.

Winter Sunrise
3 tbsp cognac
1 tbsp triple sec
(preferably Cointreau)
2-3 star anis
2-3 sticks of cinamon
2-3 cloves
2-3 elaichi (big and small)
2 slices of fresh ginger
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 black pepper

Muddle all the ingredients with four tablespoon hot water, and strain in a cognac glass. Heat the alcohol for 30 seconds, and pour it into the glass with orange juice, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Garnish with a slice of orange.

By mixologist Uday Prakash Upadhyay, Royal China Brandy Toddy

3 tbsp brandy
1tsp sugar
1 lemon peel, twisted

Mix brandy, sugar and lemon peel in a Boston shaker. Mix it well. Put the mixture over the ice in the cocktail glass. Serve on the rocks.
By Mohammad
Mazid Mansuri,
Urban Cafe

Mexican Dusk
2tbsp tequila
2tbsp kahlua
1 cup espresso coffee
Chocolate powder
2.5 tbsp whipped cream

Barring the cream, mix all the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour in a tall glass or coffee mug, top it with whipped cream and serve.

By Ashish Malhotra, bar manager, F Bar & Lounge
House Spice Warm

Rum Toddy

1 cinnamon stick
4-5 cloves
1 star anise
1 slice fresh ginger
1tsp honey
2tbsp black tea decoction
2tbsp hot water
4tbsp white rum
Mandarin tuile

Muddle all the ingredients and add warm water, tea decoction and rum. Serve warm in a warm wine glass or brandy balloon. Garnish with a star anise.

By Sherine John, bar manager, Smoke House Grill and Shroom, Kentucky Mulled Cider

2.5 tbsp bourbon whiskey
Hot apple cider
1 thinly sliced lemon with rind
1 dash of allspice
1 tall cinnamon stick

Add the whiskey to a footed mug. Then, fill the mug with hot apple cider and a dash of allspice. Garnish with a tall cinnamon stick and lemon slice and Kentucky Mulled Cider is ready to warm up your winter.
Recipe courtesy, Maker’s Mark