I’m writing this post in October 2020, so for posterity’s sake I want to say that there is snow on the ground. In fact, we just had a record-setting October snowfall. If that doesn’t call for a drink, I don’t know what does. With holiday parties and gatherings (virtual or otherwise) right around the corner, I have cocktails on the mind. I put together some of my favorite drink recipes. Some of these will warm you up on a cold fall or winter night, and others are perfect for summer (or that summer feeling in the dead of winter). Whatever you’re looking for, I have the cocktail concoction for you.
There's a lot of heat in this drink. From the Twisted Shrubs habanero shrub to the Skaalvenn Distillery peach rum, this cocktail will give you and your guests a jolt. I like it as a warming drink during the winter to remind me of a warm, sunny beach, but you can also drink this one at a pool party or on the beach itself if you like a little spice with your summer weather.
An ice cold margarita is, of course, great for a hot day, and watermelon is a quintessential summer flavor, so this is another warm weather drink. I usually think of warm weather happy hours with a drink like this, but it's also great for a tropical themed party any time of year.
This martini is made from my delicious Juneberry syrup. The sweet, juicy fruit ripens in summer so this is a great drink for summer patio nights, but you can also save the syrup all year so you can have a little taste of summer at your winter parties too.
Nothing says "party" like a little bubbly. But you can kick your champagne toast up a notch with this tasty cocktail. It includes a mix of gin and lemon that can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is add the champagne when it's time to serve.
This twist on Pimm's Cup, a classic British summer drink is a perfect option for a fall or winter party. Like the apple cider cocktail, it includes fresh apple. Throw in the sweetness of fresh pear, and you have a tasty drink that can be served in a punch bowl for a crowd.
Apple cider is the official drink of fall, and this cocktail is a tasty switch from your favorite hard apple cider. I love the combination of fresh apples with the tartness of lime, and a splash of soda water gives it bubbles to really round out the drink. You'll be drinking this one all fall and winter.