warming' up for the winter: can't-miss cocktails to make your cold nights less lonely

By Rent A Bartender | Dec 19, 2022

Have the winter doldrums hit in full force this year? While some of us love winter, many more of us dream of spring so we can leave the short days and freezing cold nights behind.

How about a cocktail to while away the season? The following winter-friendly cocktails which are whiskey and prosecco heavy will make any winter event on your calendar far more festive:

  • Winter Aperol Spritz
  • Newton’s Law
  • Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour
  • Tiramisu White Russian
  • Negroni Sbagliato
  • Sazarac
  • Pom Fizz
  • Mint Julep
  • Caramel Irish Coffee
  • Sunrise Over the Fjord
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1. winter aperol spritz

A touch of the bubbly isn’t only for those New Year’s celebrations. Even as you leave January behind but still have enough winter in front of you, a dash of prosecco will always create a celebratory mood.

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This winter Aperol Spritz is ruby red, so it’s a nice drink to usher in the holidays but will add a pop of color to your day if served later in the winter. The red color comes from the cranberry juice.

Here’s how it works when you hire a Rent a Bartender for your upcoming event. You provide the LCBO and bar space, and we’ll work with what you give us, making mixology masterpieces.

Here’s what you need for the Winter Aperol Spritz:

  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 orange zest, twisted
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 2 ounces of club soda
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces of prosecco
  • 3 ounces of Aperol
Our mixologists will take care of it from here. First, we’ll mix the cranberry juice, prosecco, and Aperol in a glass, then we’ll add ice. Next, it’s time for the orange, including the orange twist and zest.
Finally, we’ll garnish it with the rosemary sprig for additional color and cheer. This easy-to-prepare drink is ready to serve!

2. newton's law

We all know the association between Isaac Newton and apples. He’s the creator of gravitational theory, created partly by watching apples fall and pondering why they fell down rather than in any other direction.

Naming an apple-based whiskey cocktail Newton’s Law is quite clever. This cocktail gets its rich apple flavor not from apple juice or concentrate but from apple butter. It tastes even better if you make it yourself, but store-bought is just as suitable.

Rent a Bartender’s pro mixologists will help you build a custom cocktail menu for your upcoming winter event, whether a birthday party, holiday event, corporate mixer, bachelor or bachelorette party, anniversary, or wedding.

Your cocktail menu will be an expression of you and your tastes. In the case of a wedding or anniversary, we consider both your tastes when building the menu.

Here are the recipe quantities for the

  • Newton’s Law:
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Orange twist, freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons of apple butter
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
Here’s how a delightful cocktail like this whips together. The hot water and brown sugar go into a cocktail shaker. Our mixologists will dissolve the sugar  and then allow the ingredients to cool.
After several minutes, we’ll add the apple butter, lemon juice, and bourbon with ice, shaking for about 15 seconds. Finally, we’ll strain the cocktail into a rocks glass with ice, adding the cinnamon and orange twist garnish.

3. cranberry orange whiskey sour

Bright, tart, colorful, and delicious, the Cranberry Orange Sour checks many boxes. It’s a zippy cocktail great for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any day in the winter that calls for a strong cocktail.

How do we assure such well-rounded, talented bartenders and mixologists at Rent a Bartender to serve you? That’s simple. It’s the result of training.

At Rent a Bartender, we provide one-on-one intensive training designed to foster the next great school of mixologists. They learn by doing, and in gaining that invaluable experience, can make any cocktail, including custom creations.

If you want our team to make a Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour for your upcoming winter event, just say the word, and we’ll add it to the menu.

Here’s what to pick up at the store for this cocktail:

  • Sprig of thyme
  • Sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Fresh cranberries
  • 0.75 ounces of simple syrup
  • 1.5 ounces of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce of orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces of whiskey

This cocktail may look complex, but our bartenders will show you how easy it can be with the right experience. We’ll fill a plate with sugar, then take a lowball glass and moisten the rim with lemon juice to line it with the sugar.

Next, we’ll fill the glass with crushed ice, allowing the glass to chill. Our bartenders will then begin working on the cocktail, mixing simple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and whiskey in a cocktail shaker with ice.

After 15 seconds of shaking, we’ll pour the cocktail into the chilled glass, then garnish with thyme and whole cranberries.

When you hire us at Rent a Bartender to work your winter event, we’ll arrive hours before the guests show up to prepare your cocktails. There will be more than enough time!

4. tiramisu white russian

This next cocktail is as decadent as they come, the Tiramisu White Russian. This delightfully sumptuous cocktail feels more like dessert in a glass. Don’t worry, the taste of whiskey and rum comes through delightfully strong.

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The ingredients required to make the Tiramisu White Russian might read very familiar if you’ve baked tiramisu from scratch before, but it’s all in the name of authenticity and flavor. Here’s what you need:

  • Ice 
  • 4 ounces of dark rum, divided
  • 4 ounces of kahlua, divided
  • 4 ounces of heavy cream, cold
  • 1 ladyfinger, cut in half
  • Cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar

Ready for toasting, this cocktail will be ready lickety-split. Rent a Bartender’s mixologists will add ice to a short glass, then pour the liquid ingredients into the glass. The cream goes atop that, then a heavy dusting of cocoa powder.

Finally, we’ll insert the sole ladyfinger into the cocktail and serve.

5. negroni sbagliato

This romantic-sounding Italian cocktail has interesting origins, as “sbagliato” means wrong in Italian. Supposedly, this memorable prosecco-based cocktail was supposed to be made with gin but was mistakenly prepared with prosecco instead, the ultimate happy incident.

Those who have tried this tasty cocktail certainly don’t think it’s a mistake, so the Negroni Sbagliato has been around ever since.

Its bright red hue and sophisticated flavour profile make it a jaunty addition to a bachelor party or wedding cocktail menu.

Are you ready to begin planning drinks for your upcoming winter event? Get a quote from Rent a Bartender today.

You must have the following ingredients handy for this cocktail:

  • Orange wheel or peel
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce of prosecco (can add more)
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce of Campari

Here at Rent a Bartender, we know that it’s your party, so we can make the cocktails however you think they taste best. If you want more prosecco than what this recipe calls for, just let us know. If you want less, that’s fine, too. We’re here to serve!

To make the Negroni Sbagliato, our mixologists will begin by filling a glass with ice and adding the sweet vermouth and Campari. After stirring, we’ll pour in the prosecco, add an orange peel for garnish, and this drink is ready for celebration.

6. sazerac

The Sazerac is a New Orleans classic! This whiskey cocktail, sometimes made with cognac, is named for a cognac brandy company called Sazerac de Forge et Fils. Cognac was originally the main ingredient, as you probably could have guessed, but whiskey has found its place as the star of this cocktail over time.

If you want whiskey in yours, may we recommend rye whiskey? It will lend it an authentic taste. Also, don’t be scared by the inclusion of the absinthe in the recipe, as you don’t drink it. It’s for rinsing.

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We have a helpful liquor calculator that will let you confidently determine how much alcohol you need based on the number of guests, type of event, type of drinker, and type of alcohol served. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to use the calculator for every big gathering!

Making the Sazerac calls for these ingredients:

  • Lemon peel
  • 2 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey
  • 4 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cold water
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Absinthe

Our mixologists will begin by using absinthe to rinse a rocks glass. We’ll chill the glass in the meantime.

Next, we’ll use a mixing glass to muddle the Peychaud’s bitters, water, and sugar cube. Then, we’ll pour in the rye whiskey and ice, stirring for around 20 seconds to chill the ingredients.

We’ll pull the rocks glass from the fridge, which should be chilled by now. From there, we’ll strain the ingredients from the mixing glass into the rocks glass.

Twisting the lemon peel expresses its oils, so we’ll do that over the drink, then use the twisted, spent peel as garnish.

7. pom fizz

Fizzy, fun, and seasonal, the Pom Fizz is more flavorful than champagne, and it’s also a better color. It’s one of the best picks for toasting to a lifetime of happiness together if you have winter nuptials planned, but this cocktail is also right at home on a winter birthday, anniversary, or New Year’s Eve party menu.

Are you curious to learn more about what we can do at Rent a Bartender to make your upcoming party special? Here’s a sample cocktail menu to give you an example of our expertise and versatility.

The strong pomegranate flavour the Pom Fizz is named after is achievable with these ingredients: 

  • 4 pomegranate seeds, fresh 
  • 4 ounces of prosecco
  • 1 tablespoon of pomegranate syrup
  • 4 cups of pure pomegranate juice

The pure pomegranate juice goes into the pom syrup, which our bartenders will begin with first. The syrup requires turning a stovetop over medium-low and pouring the pomegranate juice into a large saucepan.

We’ll stir on occasion, allowing the juice to become syrup. This can take up to two hours, but we’ll get it done with time to spare. 

Once the pomegranate syrup is ready, we’ll set it aside, cover it, and store it in the fridge while we prepare the rest of this cocktail. We’ll need coupes or champagne flutes, which we’ll pour the syrup into, then the pomegranate syrup and prosecco. The pomegranate arils or seeds make a charming garnish.

8. mint julep

Ah, the Mint Julep. It’s a classic for a reason, beloved for its sweet flavor, minty goodness, and the mountain of shaved ice on top. It’s simple to make but so effective.

You might worry you’ll freeze out your guests serving a cocktail with ice on a cold winter’s day but trust me, the bourbon is more than warming enough. Anyone sipping this cocktail won’t even notice the ice!

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We’ll make the best Mint Juleps you’ve ever tasted. Just provide these ingredients: 

  • Angostura bitters
  • Mint sprig
  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1/4 ounces of simple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Ice

The Angostura bitters are optional, but we find they enhance the flavor. You can skip them if you wish or let our mixologists from Rent a Bartender guide you on the best flavor profiles for all the cocktails on your drink menu.

This cocktail requires a rocks glass or Julep cup for authenticity. We’ll begin by muddling the simple syrup and mint leaves, pouring in the bourbon, and adding crushed ice to the top. After stirring, the cup will begin to frost up, a sure sign it’s ready for serving.

Then we’ll add a dome of crushed ice and, finally, the garnish. Slapping the mint sprig might seem like a strange practice, but our mixologists do it because it releases the mint’s oils, so it smells stronger.

We’ll also sparingly add the Angostura bitters.

9. caramel irish coffee

Here’s a winter cocktail that’s warming in an entirely different kind of way. The Caramel Irish Coffee is named for its literal coffee inclusion, which should be served piping hot. You won’t have guests shivering during your corporate event or bachelorette bash.

This creamy, dreamy cocktail with Irish whiskey is just the right drink for a cold winter’s night!

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Grab these ingredients for the Caramel Irish Coffee:

  • Caramel syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • 3 ounces of coffee, freshly brewed
  • 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce of Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey

Doubling up one the warming effect, our bartenders will warm an Irish coffee glass or mug by turning the faucet on hot and filling the glass. We’ll let the glass sit and warm over several minutes, then dump the water down the drain.

Next, we’ll add the butterscotch schnapps, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey into the mug before it can cool. The 4 ounces of hot coffee will keep the mug warmer for longer and make this cocktail great to sip while the snow falls outside.

This cocktail is incomplete without a big, fat dollop of whipped cream and a generous drizzling of salty-sweet caramel syrup.

10. sunrise over the fjord

Like two cocktails in one, the Sunrise Over the Fjord is the perfect union between the French 75 and grapefruit mimosa. It also aquavit, which adds the unique taste of carraway to this cocktail.

It’s a favorite for brunches, so it’d be great for a long bachelorette weekend, a birthday, an anniversary, or even a wedding. You could even have a brunch party at home and serve the Sunrise Over the Fjord. There’s almost no wrong occasion for this cocktail.

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Let’s make a Sunrise Over the Fjord, which needs the following:

Grapefruit peel, twisted 

Dry sparking wine, chilled

1 teaspoon of brown sugar syrup

1 1/2 ounces of grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed

1 ounce of aquavit

Rent a Bartender’s mixologists can prepare brown sugar syrup from scratch if you have none available. It requires an even ratio of water to sugar, which we’ll stir until the sugar dissolves over heat.

Next, we’ll fill a shaker with ice and add the brown sugar syrup, grapefruit juice, and aquavit, shaking for about 30 seconds until frost develops outside the shaker. This cocktail looks best when served in a coupe glass or champagne flute, so we’ll strain its contents into whichever you have handy.

The sunrise Over the Fjord requires a touch of dry sparking wine and a twist grapefruit peel for garnish.

Better Events Start at rent a bartender

Are you ready to throw the party of the century but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Rent a Bartender has the best bartenders, servers, and mixologists in the Greater Toronto Area.

We know because we train them ourselves. Our hands-on training isn’t how most bartenders learn. We believe in going beyond book smarts and getting our hands dirty (okay, maybe not literally) to learn. And it works!

After we trian the next class of Toronto’s most promising bartenders, we hire them to work small, exclusive area events like yours.Our team changes less than other event staffing agencies but never skimps on quality.

When you contact us, we’ll work with you to put together a custom cocktail menu based on your budget, tastes, and preferences. We’ll reach out to you a few weeks before your event to confirm details like the number of guests. You van count on us to arrive punctually and start the party setup.

Rent a Bartender’s staff doesn’t stand stoically by. We will engage your guests all night, helping them to break the ice and loosen up, especially if you’re throwing a corporate shindig where people need a little help feeling like themselves.

Take your party to the next level. Hire Rent a Bartender today!

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