ITS WINTER!

Its winter... Which means its time for hot drinks, winter warmers, Sherry, Baileys, Chocolate, Cream and all things cosy. Not to forget, Christmas! and even better than that, Christmas cocktails!! This section is designed to help you with all things seasonal. Simply scroll down to find, seasonal cocktail recipes, articles, flavour guides and just general chit chat on all things winter.

Winter Cocktail Flavour Pairings

Below is a guide to winter cocktail ingredients, and what pairs well with them. You could come up with hundreds of winter cocktails using this guide. The hard part is naming them all. Simply pick a main ingredient, then use the pairing notes to build on your said ingredient. As a rule of thumb, its best to pick one main ingredient and make that the dominate flavour of your cocktail, then pick one or two of the pairing ingredients, and use them subtly to enhance the main flavour, till you develop a interesting, tasty tipple.

INGREDIENT

PAIRS WITH

Apple

 Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg, Cranberry, Citrus, Currants, Pumpkin, Rosemary, Caramel, Chestnut, Maple, hazelnut, Walnut, Pecan

Blood Orange

Fig, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, Rosemary, Almond, Honey, Chocolate

Cardamom

Apple, Lime, Orange, Ginger, Anise, basil, Rose, Honey, Agave

Cherry

 Sage, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, Vanilla, chocolate, pecan, caramel, apricot, citrus, peach, plum

Cinnamon

Apple, Lime, Pineapple, Papaya, Ginger, Anise, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Almond, Coconut, Honey, Agave

Clove

Apple, Raisins, Prune, Pear, Cinnamon, Anise, Nutmeg, sage, Liquorice, Chocolate, Walnut

Cranberry

Apple, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, sage, almond, Hazelnut, Honey, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Blueberry, Cherries, Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Sage, Rosemary, Almond, Caramel Hazelnut, Maple, Coffee, Vanilla

Fig

Pear, Cherry, Date, prune, date, quince, black pepper, cinnamon, anise, Thyme, rosemary, Hazelnut, vanilla, walnut

Ginger

Apricot, Apple, Guava, Plum, Cinnamon, Thyme, Rosemary, Almond, Juniper

INGREDIENTPAIRS WITH
HoneyApple, Cranberry, Peach, Cinnamon, Anise, Ginger, Basil, Sage, Thyme, Juniper, Chocolate

Nutmeg

Apple, Cinnamon, cardamom, Cloves, Rosemary, Caramel, coffee, maple syrup

Pear

Apple, Blackberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Currant, Date, Fig, Pomegranate, Prune, Raisin, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Ginger, rosemary, almond, caramel, chestnut, chocolate, Macadamia, Honey, hazelnut, Pistachio, vanilla, walnut

Persimmons

Cherry, Cranberry, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, basil, Almonds, Honey, Vanilla

Pomegranate

Cranberry, pear, Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Juniper, Vanilla, Chocolate, Honey, Maple syrup, Agave

Pistachio

Plum, peaches, cranberry, apricot, Nutmeg, cardamom, fennel seeds, Basil, parsley, rosemary, Vanilla, chocolate

Pecan

pear, grapes. Fig, basil, Cardamom, Vanilla, maple, chocolate

Rosemary

Apricot, Apple, Lime, Cranberry, Lemon, Pomegranate, Ginger, Cardamom, Rose, Olive, Honey, Basil, Thyme

Star Anise

Apple, Plum, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Almond, Chocolate, Honey, Maple, Walnut

RECIPES

10 Easy Sipping Christmas Cocktail Recipes

The best thing about Winter is Christmas. And what makes Christmas better? Cocktails do. Need a Christmas menu for that bar or restaurant you work in? Throwing a Christmas party and want to seem fancy? Sitting at home alone, watching Bridget Jones with a tub of ice cream? Well whatever the reason is, click here for all the inspiration you need.

Easy Sipping Eggnog Recipe

I love me some eggnog, so much so that it deserved its very own section. You haven't lived till you have had eggnog at Christmas.

Easy Sipping Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine has been around for a very long time. From the Ancient Greeks to the Roman empire, it seems that where ever wine has been made or enjoyed. people have made mulled wine. Check out the full easy to follow step by step guide on creating the perfect mulled wine here.