Creative Cocktails Vol. 26 No. 01

Wondrous Winter Warmers


Ahhhh, winter. It’s a jackpot for those who love outdoor activities involving skates, skis or snowshoes. But for many others, the winter months are simply a cold void between the end of fall and beginning of spring. No matter your propensity for winter sports, we’ll keep you occupied with warming libations sure to delight whether you’ve spent your day out on the slopes or on the couch in front of the fire.


Photo credit: Nolet’s Gin

Have leftover candy canes from the holidays? We have a great use for them!

1.25 oz NOLET’S Silver Gin
0.75 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
Peppermint Leaves
Crushed Candy Canes

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a crushed candy cane rimmed Martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of peppermint.


Photo credit: Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon

2 oz Bib & Tucker 6-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon
.75 oz Sour cherries syrup
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon wedge

Mix all ingredients and serve in a double rocks glass over ice.


Photo credit: Redemption Whiskey

1.5 parts Redemption Rye Whiskey
2 parts apple cider
2 parts prosecco
½ part lemon juice
Bar spoon of cardamom honey*

*For cardamom honey: Add 5-10 cardamom pods to a ratio of 1:1 honey and water. Heat on low until honey is dissolved in water and cardamom is fragrant. Let sit for a few hours to cool.

Shake all ingredients (except prosecco) with ice. Pour into a champagne flute and top with prosecco.


Photo credit: Black Button Distilling

Whiskey and cream naturally go well together and this delicious spirit combines Black Button Distilling’s hand-finished Bourbon and local farm fresh New York State cream for a drink that delights. Bourbon Cream is similar in concept to that of an Irish Cream, but has a more complex flavor profile. The bourbon base creates a rich feel with sweet vanilla and smooth caramel taste.

1 ½ oz Black Button Distilling Bespoke Bourbon Cream
2 oz Black Button Distilling Bespoke Coffee Liqueur
½ oz Chai Simple Syrup
½ oz Maple Syrup

Shake all ingredients over ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with 3 (or more) coffee beans.

GINGERBREAD OLD FASHIONED by bartender Millie Tang

As pictured above, this cocktail is served with Lebkuchen–a traditional German version of soft gingerbread.

50 ml Pure Scot Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
5-15 ml ginger & cinnamon honey* (to taste)
1 dash aromatic bitters

Stir down and serve on block ice with orange peel and gingerbread biscuit. 

*Ginger & cinnamon honey recipe ​(makes 350 ml)
1 part honey (250 ml)
.5 part hot water (125 ml)
4 cinnamon quills, broken apart
4 dime sized pieces of fresh ginger
Pinch of salt

Add hot water to honey in a saucepan and stir until honey and water are well mixed. Add broken up cinnamon quills and fresh ginger (can give the ginger a slight press to gently break apart). Heat on low until simmering, remove from heat and let stand until cool. Strain to remove ginger (cinnamon can be left in if a more intense flavour is desired). Store in an airtight food grade container in the fridge.


Photo credit: Mingle Mocktails

Mingle Mocktails is a line of Ready-To-Drink (RTD) effervescent, low calorie, alcohol-free mocktails, clean crafted with fruit juices and botanicals and no artificial ingredients. With only  20 calories per 4 oz serving,  Mingle contains natural ingredients, is low in sugar, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO and Kosher.

Five fun flavors include Cucumber Melon Mojito, Blood Orange Elderflower (the newest flavor) Blackberry Hibiscus Bellini, Cranberry Cosmo and Moscow Mule.

Feature image by Galina N on Unsplash

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