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These winter cocktails are perfect for chilly weather! From hot drinks to seasonal spins on classics, they’ll warm you from the inside out.

Winter Cocktails
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Is it chilly outside? That’s the only excuse you need to make these Winter Cocktails! Tis the season for warm mugs, cozy spices, and robust liquors like bourbon and rum. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re cocktail experts with 300+ cocktails under our belt. We’ve tested and tried all the recipes to find the best drinks for the season.

Try winter classics like the Hot Toddy, Mulled Wine, and Spiked Hot Chocolate, or cocktails that warm you from the inside out like a Bourbon Old Fashioned. Flavors like cranberry, apple, pear, pomegranate, coffee, Baileys, and chocolate make this a deliciously satisfying list of wintery hits. Want to browse by liquor type? Go to Winter Gin Cocktails or Winter Vodka Cocktails.

And now…the top winter cocktails to try!

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Winter Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This cranberry orange whiskey sour is a tasty spin on the classic cocktail! Cranberry juice adds a tart fruity finish to the drink.


  • 2 ounces whiskey (we prefer bourbon)
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup or maple syrup
  • Clear ice, for serving
  • Orange wheel or twist, cocktail cherry, cranberries or rosemary sprig, for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
  2. Add ice to a lowball or Old Fashioned glass and strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with an orange slice, cocktail cherry or fresh cranberries, and rosemary sprig (if desired).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!