As much as we love winter & all things snowy (including weddings!), it’s understandable that not everyone will embrace the chill. As the bride, the last thing you want to see is shivering guests! Luckily, these winter cocktails will be enough to warm up the chilliest of guests & turn chattering teeth into smiles - even the cold ones! Here are seven cocktail ideas (both hot & cold!) that will perfectly compliment any winter wedding reception.
Mulled Wine with Brandy
With winter well and truly upon us, it's time to break out the mulled wine! For a distinctly Bavarian Christmas market-inspired feeling, have steaming carafes of this spicy, citrusy delight ready. A little brandy adds a unique flavour to this already-loved winter classic. Check out this recipe, which uses fruit such as orange & cranberry to bring out the fruity undertones in your red wine of choice, and dark spices such as cloves & cinnamon to give it that sweet, peppery taste so well-suited to the winter season!
Bourbon-spiked hot chocolate
Hot chocolate isn’t just for kids! It also makes a great addition to any open bar to help beat the cold. Imagine a rich, creamy, frothed hot chocolate, warming you from your toes to your fingertips - and helping you to get back on your feet and back onto the dance floor. Keep it plain for kids in attendance, or spike it with a shot of bourbon for the grownups! Check out this recipe for a twist on the classic spiked hot chocolate; instead of regular hot chocolate, try a white hot chocolate with the added dose of bourbon.
Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whiskey
If you’re more of a whiskey person, then we’ve got the perfect winter drink for you! Not only is this warm, creamy drink going to warm you from the inside out, but has the perfect flavour to compliment any winter wedding. Check out the recipe - the whole milk infused with cinnamon, hazelnut liqueur, and Scottish whiskey makes a perfect homey, buttery drink to spice up the wedding atmosphere. Just imagine a wintry outdoor wedding, snow falling softly on tents thin enough to see the starry sky, while you sip this hot, rich nutty drink. Perfection!
Creamy hot beverages are definitely a popular choice for any December weddings! If you’re a fan of Kahlua, then this is the drink for you. Not only will this thaw the chilliest of guests, but this particular winter drink is coffee-based, making it a perfect post-dessert drink. The delectable mixture of coffee, Kahlua, and Godiva liqueur makes this indulgent hot beverage a must-have at your open bar!
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
Sangria isn’t just for summer anymore! Instead of sweet summer fruits like mangoes and strawberries, this white wine sangria uses crisp winter flavours like apples and pomegranates. This refreshing, chilly, but still wintry drink combines cognac, apple cider, and sparkling wine to create a winter sangria that still manages to be fruity, even without the summer berries. Try making multiple kinds using different flavours of sparkling wine to mix things up a bit! This tart, delicious beverage can also easily be made kid-friendly by using soft apple cider and 7up. Don’t forget to garnish the top with pomegranate seeds!
Bushwick Spice Trade Cocktail
Number six on our list is another drink best served cold: the Bushwick Spice Trade Cocktail, from the cocktail recipe book Shake. This cool & spicy fusion of ginger, basil, lemon & peppercorns, spiked with gin, is another great pairing for a winter wedding. The spicy addition of ginger, & the tartness of the lemon, makes this not too sweet but not too bitter - just the right balance for a December open bar! Enjoy this alongside dinner at the reception...or better yet, refill your glass just before you hit the dance floor!
Calling all ice cream lovers! This frosty drink combines vanilla ice cream and wintry spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. And of course, what would winter be without a little eggnog? Add a splash of bourbon to spice things up even more! Alternatively, turn this tasty drink into a dessert treat by pouring the eggnog & bourbon mixture onto a few scoops of ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. Subtract the bourbon to keep this drink or dessert something that both kids & adults can enjoy. Happy tasting!
Do you have any favourite winter drinks that would be perfect for a winter wedding? Let us know in the comments!
Wow! Such great drinks. Thanks so much for this great info.
This is awesome! Will definitely try out for a cold winter get-together!
Ummm…. Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whiskey. Yum.