The holidays may be filled with nostalgic memories, classic movies on TV, and family visits, but sometimes all the excitement of the season gets to be…a bit too much. There comes a time when every store has been playing the same 4 Christmas albums for weeks, when you still haven’t found gifts for your best friend and your mother-in-law, when you’re tired of the cold weather and you still have a ton of work to do before the holiday break—but no te preocupes, ladies, this confluence of events just means it’s time to break out the winter cocktails. Here is a list of 5 drinks to make when the temperature dips and the pressure rises; each of these works for holiday cocktail parties or just a festive after-work treat.
This drink will wake you up and leave a bitter, sweet aftertaste. Combine 1 oz. vodka with 1 oz. espresso and 1.5 oz. Kalúa. Shake with ice, and serve in martini glasses.
This Mexican-inspired drink mixes the tartness of lemon juice with the deep sweet of blackberry, the bite of tequila, and the refreshing crackle of soda water on ice. Combine 2 oz. tequila with .5 oz. lemon juice, and 2 oz. blackberry liquor. Stir in club soda to taste; add ice and serve.
Christmas Rum Punch
This one is simple and satisfying—perfect for a both parties and quiet nightcaps at home. To make a bowl full, mix .5 gallon apple cider with .5 cup sugar (or .25 cup agave nectar, which doesn’t spike the blood sugar nearly as much), 6.8 oz. rum, orange zest and cloves to taste. There’s enough cider here that the cloves won’t overwhelm the drink, so you don’t have to remove them before serving.
Mexican Hot Toddy
A twist on the Irish classic, this steaming drink is said to cure the common cold—but it might just cure your winter blues. Mix 3.5 oz. hot water, 1 large lemon wedge, 1 cinnamon stick, .25 oz. agave nectar, 1.5 oz. tequila, and 2 cloves (or adjust to taste). Let steep for about 1 minute, then remove cinnamon and cloves, and serve.
Brazilian Mulled Wine
Any Hip Latinas of Brazilian origin may recognize this as the typical drink from the Catholic festival Junina, which celebrate saints John, Paul, and Anthony. We’ve repurposed it here for use anytime during the winter season. This drink takes a bit more time, and certainly more ingredients than the others, but we believe it’s worth it. In a large saucepan, place 1 cup sugar, 1 each sliced pear, peach, and apple, 2 pieces of lemongrass, 2 teaspoons cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Add a pint of water and bring to a boil. After 3 minutes, slowly pour in a bottle of red wine of your choosing. After 2 more minutes, add 1.5 oz. Cointreau and 3 oz. rum. Ladle into glasses and serve hot.
Enjoy these winter cocktails all season, and don’t forget to tweet us with pictures of you with your favorite! @Hip_Latina