Here's a collection of simple and delicious recipes to greet the winter season. For more recipes and hosting ideas, take a look at the Recipes section in NH Liquor & Wine Outlet's "Mix It Up" blog.
Baileys Glamour Shot
A little Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon and a dash of Goldschlager make the ‘Glamour Shot’ a warming shot. Rim with cinnamon if you don’t have any edible gold flakes in your home bar.
1 oz. Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon
0.5 oz. Goldschlager® Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur
1 dash(es) edible gold flakes
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If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you know Bordeaux wine as Claret and what better way to stay warm this winter than in Downton style? This simple cocktail is sweet and rich and sure to please even the pickiest wine lover (Dame Nellie anyone?).
3 oz. claret
1/3 oz. triple sec
2 oz. soda water
1/4 oz. sugar syrup
This recipe from DrinkMixer.com can be found here. Input the number of servings you'd like and the calculator on the site will convert the recipe to the correct amount of ingredients.
Two variations of an all-time favorite - hot mulled wine!
Crock Pot Mulled Wine
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle of red wine
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
To make this festive drink, we adapted Ina Garten’s mulled wine recipe to be crock pot friendly. You can view the original recipe and directions at Foodnetwork.com.
4 bottles dry red wine
1 cup Cognac, brandy, kirsch or Grand Marnier
1 ½ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
Zest from 1 organic orange
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
Put everything in the pot, bring to a boil, and then immediately turn down the heat to a low simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Serve hot or leave at a simmer to scent the room.
Classic Eggnog Recipe
A traditional holiday drink that's more pie than cocktail? We love this classic home made eggnog recipe from Alton Brown's Good Eats.
The Old Fashioned
First known as a “whiskey cocktail,” the Old Fashioned evolved into something different as bartenders started changing up the cocktail and adding extra ingredients. As a result, purists started requesting whiskey cocktails “the old-fashioned” way. Read Spirited History: The Origins of 3 Classic Cocktails for a background on how these cocktails evolved.
2 oz. Bourbon
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 cube of sugar
Lemon or orange peel
Place the sugar cube in an old fashioned glass (or short tumbler). Soak the cube with several dashes of bitters, add a bar spoon of water and muddle. Fill with ice and add bourbon. Twist a thin lemon or orange peel over the top.