When the temperature drops, it doesn’t mean the party has to stop. These 15 winter cocktail recipes offer something for everyone, from whisky beginners to aficionados who love a classic drink.
Maybe you’re looking to get cosy with a warm winter cocktail? Or are you after a refreshing whisky cocktail for winter with classic warming spices? Whatever your taste, we’ve got something that’ll take your fancy.
Grab your cocktail shaker, favourite playlist and closest mates – let’s get mixing!
1. Mulled Mizunara Highball Winter Cocktail Recipe
‘Tis the season of mulled wine and cider – but have you ever thought of using those flavours in a highball? Focusing on classic mulled cider ingredients, the syrup in this easy winter cocktail is ideal for making in advance so that drinks are quick to whip up when friends come by.
2. Rob Roy Winter Cocktail Recipe
A great cocktail for winter is one that’s simple to make, complex in flavour and ideally, not icy cold. A classic Rob Roy is stirred instead of shaken, meaning you can control the temperature and dilution for a short and strong drink that’s not too chilly. With a simple mix of Chivas, sweet vermouth and bitters, this is one for the purists.
3. Hot Toddy Winter Cocktail Recipe
It’s cosy season. You know what that means? It’s officially time to warm up with a classic Hot Toddy! As the OG warm winter cocktail, it really is the best cure for cold winter nights.
4. Family Gathering Winter Cocktail Recipe
A twist on a classic Mimosa, the Family Gathering is the perfect whisky cocktail for winter when you’re ready to celebrate. Swapping orange juice for more complex dry curacao enhances the orange notes within Chivas 18 without overpowering the whisky.
5. Spiced Apricot Highball Winter Cocktail Recipe
Did you know that you can use tea to create a range of syrups? This Spiced Apricot Highball is the perfect highball for winter, as it uses chai tea to bring warming cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg spices to a tall and refreshing drink.
6. Penicillin Winter Cocktail Recipe
The fiery trio of ginger juice, peated single malt and blended Scotch whisky makes for the ideal winter cocktail recipe as it’s sure to warm you up from the inside out. Balanced by sweet honey and a touch of lemon, this modern classic is sure to make it into your repertoire.
7. XV Champagne Cocktail Winter Cocktail Recipe
The festive season is made for champagne cocktails. This classic champagne whisky cocktail is made using our celebratory whisky, Chivas XV, for a luxurious drink that’s just waiting for you to make a toast.
8. Mamie Taylor Winter Cocktail Recipe
Ginger is the ideal ingredient for warming up throughout winter – but that doesn’t mean it has to be in a hot drink. The refreshing Mamie Taylor features fresh ginger juice and ginger ale for a crisp winter cocktail recipe that even whisky beginners will love.
9. Chivas Martinez Highball Winter Cocktail Recipe
Sweet and rich, you’ll want to invite the Chivas Martinez Highball along to any winter soirée. Maraschino, Chivas Extra 13 and sweet vermouth create a complex base, perfectly lifted by a touch of crisp soda. Cheers!
10. Forest Fruit Old Fashioned Winter Cocktail Recipe
This is a winter whisky cocktail for those who love a classic. This twist on a traditional Old Fashioned uses blackberry syrup to add a rich depth to the drink, while not distracting from the iconic strong flavours synonymous with a recipe loved the world over.
11. Chocolate Skyline Winter Cocktail Recipe
Winter is all about indulging, and what better way to indulge than with a chocolate cocktail? Chocolate Skyline is the perfect winter cocktail for those with a sweet tooth. Fat-washing Chivas 18 with melted chocolate enhances the chocolate notes in the blend while keeping the drink light and fresh.
12. Chivas Red Collins Winter Cocktail Recipe
If you’re only using redcurrants as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side, you’re missing a trick. These little winter berries are sweet, tart and make a delicious highball syrup for a fruity winter cocktail to make at home.
13. Chivas Sour Winter Cocktail Recipe
We couldn’t not include a classic Whisky Sour on this list. Perfect all year round, this drink is welcome at any time of year. With a creamy texture, sweet yet tart flavour and beautiful foam top, a Chivas Sour will never be out of season.
14. Bobby Burns Winter Cocktail Recipe
Burns Night falls in the depth of winter in Scotland on 25th January. The Bobby Burns is enjoyed every Burns Night to celebrate the great Scottish poet Robert Burns – making it the perfect whisky cocktail for winter for you too, wherever you are. Now, everyone (try to) say ‘Slàinte mhath’!
15. 12 Days of Christmas Winter Cocktail Recipe
Step aside eggnog – we’ve found your new favourite festive tipple. Sweet, creamy and delicious, this easy winter cocktail is bound to become a new tradition in your life. Who needs dessert when a drink tastes this good?