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Raise A Glass To The Start Of Winter With These Cozy Cocktails

Nicole Barylski

The OTT (over the top) Irish Coffee. (Photo: Analog Digital)

Ready to curl up by the fire with a seasonal sip? Celebrate the first day of winter (Thursday, December 21) with one of these cozy cocktails.

The OTT (over the top) Irish Coffee: (Created by Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons)

 • 1.5 oz. Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey
 • .25 oz. rich (2:1) Demerara Syrup
 • 5 oz. Hot Coffee

Cozy at the Orchard. (Courtesy Photo)

 • 5 drops Saline Solution (or a tiny pinch kosher salt)
 • 3 Cardamom Pods
 • Cream*, for garnish

Directions: Pour coffee into glass. Add the rest of ingredients and stir. Top with cream.


 • 5-6 oz. Heavy Cream
 • 2 tbsp White Sugar
 • Zest from 1 Orange
 • 2 Dashes Regan's No 6 Orange Bitters

Directions: Pour heavy cream, sugar and bitters into bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Add zest.

Cozy at the Orchard:

 • 4 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
 • 1.5 oz. Brown Butter Washed Bourbon*
 • .5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup*
 • .25 oz. Lemon Juice

Directions: Add all ingredients in a pot and heat until warm. Do not boil. When warmed, add to toddy glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

*Brown Butter Washed Bourbon:

 • 4 oz. Butter
 • 750 ml Bourbon

Topsy Turvy. (Courtesy Photo)

Directions: Warm a pan over medium high heat. Add butter and allow to melt. Cook until slightly browned. Pour whiskey into a quart sized container. Add browned butter to the whiskey. Cover mixture and place in the freezer overnight or until butter separates and becomes hard. Strain mixture through a fine strainer. Pour back into original bottle and store in the fridge.

*Cinnamon Syrup:

 • 1 cup Sugar
 • 1 cup Water
 • 5 Cinnamon Sticks

Directions: Add sugar, water and cinnamon sticks to a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove cinnamon sticks with the slotted spoon.

Topsy Turvy: (Created by Jeremy Oertel)

 • 2 oz. Carpano Antica
 • 1 oz. Lock Stock & Barrel Rye
 • 1 tsp. Borghetti Coffee Liqueur
 • 1 dash Mole Bitters (preferably Bittermens)
 • Orange Twist, for garnish

Directions: Add ingredients to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

#SleepyKeech. (Courtesy Photo)

#SleepyKeech: (Created by Ryan Andrews, Prohibition Lounge)

Home for the Holidays. (Courtesy Photo)

 • 2 oz. Jägermeister
 • 1/2 oz. Pear-Clove-Cinnamon Shrub
 • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
 • Top with hot Apple Cider
 • Charred Cinnamon Stick or Caramelized Cinnamon Apple, for garnish

Directions: Combine Jägermeister, Pear-Clove-Cinnamon Shrub, and lemon juice. Top with apple cider. Garnish with charred cinnamon stick or caramelized cinnamon apple.

Home for the Holidays: (Created by Pete Canny, The Wayland and The Lost Lady)

 • 2 oz. Patrón Silver
 • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
 • .75 oz. Allspice Syrup
 • .5 oz. Cocchi Americano
 • 1 Egg White
 • Silver Luster Dust

Directions: Add Patrón, Lemon Juice, Allspice Syrup and Cocchi Americano to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass mug over ice. In separate shaker, dry shake egg white. Add Silver Luster Dust to mug and stir. Top with egg white foam, and garnish with a miniature gingerbread house.

Hot Buttered Boulevardier. (Courtesy Photo)

Hot Buttered Boulevardier: (Created by Kate Bolton of Maven in Portland, Oregon)

 • 3/4 oz. Campari
 • 1 1/2 oz. Russel's Reserve Bourbon
 • 3/4 oz. Cinzano 1757
 • 1 Tbsp. Maple Butter*
 • 1 dash Vanilla Extract
 • 3 oz. Boiling Water

Directions: In a footed glass or mug add bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth, maple butter and vanilla. Pour hot water on top and stir briskly until butter is dissolved and well-integrated. Garnish with a clover-studded half orange wheel and a star anise pod.

*Maple Butter:

 • 1/2 lb Unsalted Butter
 • 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
 • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Directions: Using a robot coup or Vitamix whip all ingredients until smooth.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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