End of Winter Whiskey Cocktails That'll Keep You Warm
As we transition from winter to spring, it takes a while for that warmer weather to kick in. Whiskey cocktails are perfect to aid the move from this season to the next.
Pair heat-inducing liquors with many other ingredients to give you the perfect drink experience.
Our absolute favorite liquor is whiskey and it’s also ideal for the move toward spring. The bright amber-colored liquid exudes warmth and is the perfect antidote to cold nights. Whiskey on its own or on the rocks can provide a quick hit of heat to the throat. To prolong its warming properties, we recommend mixing it up with other great ingredients. Take a look at these whiskey cocktails that will keep you toasty whenever the temperature drops, whatever the season. And remember, any cocktail will undoubtedly taste better in a Greenline Goods glass…
The Quality of Whiskey Matters
To make great whiskey cocktails, the quality of your whiskey is crucial. We recommend that you always purchase the best quality whiskey you can afford. With that said, the whiskey you buy doesn’t have to be the most expensive. You can find excellent quality whiskeys at reasonable price-points.
Cheap whiskeys will give you a hit of warmth, but they will be harsh and uncomfortable. The better the whiskey, the more comfortable the hit will feel. Think of it as the difference between swallowing sand and silk!
Here are our favorite affordable brands of whiskey. All of them are available for under $50:
- Kentucky Bourbon: Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut ($23 approx)
- Scotch: Shackleton ($35 approx)
- Canadian: Pike Creek 10 year ($35 approx)
- Irish: The Sexton ($28 approx)
- Bourbon: Old Grand-Dad ($25 approx)
- Japanese: Suntory Toki ($40 approx)
Whiskey Cocktails to Enjoy from Winter to Spring
Now you know which whiskeys to purchase and sample, here are two of our absolute favorite cocktail recipes. We've narrowed it down to two because we believe these are the best of the best. Grab your glasses and cocktail-making equipment and get to work!
Maple Cinnamon Old Fashioned
It is claimed that the old-fashioned was invented in 1881 at a gentlemen's club in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, it has remained a firm favorite amongst whiskey enthusiasts. The earliest published recipe dates back to 1895 and consists of a lump of dissolved sugar, two dashes of angostura bitters, a piece of ice, a piece of lemon peel, and "one jigger of whiskey."
We think this modern take on the old-fashioned lends itself perfectly to those chilly spring nights. The sweetness of the maple syrup together with festive cinnamon is sublime:
- 2 oz cinnamon infused whiskey
- 2 oz maple syrup
- Two dashes of bitters
- Orange peel
- Cinnamon stick
- Add the whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass.
- Add ice. Stir with a spoon until the drink has chilled through.
- Pour over one large ice cube in a Greenline Bourbon & Scotch Tasting glass.
- Express the oils of an orange peel over the glass and drop in.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Black Raspberry Manhattan
The classic Manhattan cocktail originated at the Manhattan Club in NYC during the 1870s. The original recipe consisted of American whiskey, Italian vermouth, and Angostura bitters. During prohibition, Canadian whiskey was used because it was more readily available.
This take on the classic recipe includes deep, rich blackberry flavors to heal the soul.
- Two parts Bourbon, Whiskey, or Rye
- 1 part Chambord - black raspberry liquor
- One dash bitters
- Maraschino cherry
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
- Add the whiskey, Chambord, and bitters
- Shake the mixture well and strain into your favorite Greenline Goods glass (Chicago Flag & Neighborhood Rocks Glass shown here)
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry
Voila! Two incredible cocktails with the soothing warmth of amber liquid. We recommend sipping your cocktail while lamenting about the spring cleaning coming your way – It’ll take the edge off.
Alternatively, share the warmth with others. These cocktails will add the wow-factor to any soiree. The bonus is that they're quick and easy to make, so you can keep them flowing all night long.
Level Up Your Glassware
We believe that if you're going to serve a high-class drink, you need a glass to match. Good glassware enhances your drinking experience and can even provide a lasting memory long after the drink has been consumed.
Here at Greenline, we design beautiful sand-etched glassware in our Chicago-based workshop. Whatever your taste, we have something to match it. Enjoy these all-season whiskey cocktails in glassware that helps define you.