3 Tasty (& So Easy!) Winter Cocktails To Warm Up Winter Nights

UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 23.
That January thaw was nice while it lasted, but now that we're back on track with legit winter temps, we're thinking about how we'll spend a grown-up snow day (assuming the flakes ever actually fall). The essentials? Good company, a roaring fire (or a cranking space heater), and some wintry refreshments — spiked, naturally. For the latter, we tasked bartender Tim Burt of the so-cozy Tabard Inn to lend a hand, with a trio of cocktails that incorporate all the rich, spiced, smoky flavors of the season. These super-sophisticated concoctions are guaranteed to impress any guest you're snowed in with, but still simple enough to make at home with just a few ingredients. And we promise you can master these toasty, belly-warming drinks in minutes.
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Appetizer l'Italienne
This cocktail has a dark, almost cola-like quality that makes it perfect for a cold day. Between Fernet Branca, absinthe, and a vermouth that dates from the 1800s, you'll earn some serious trendy-cocktail cred with this one.
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You'll need:
1 oz Fernet Branca
2 oz Carpano Antica
1 dash absinthe
1 dash simple syrup
Orange peel for garnish
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Add ice to a martini glass to chill it. Pour liquid ingredients into a mixing glass.
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Add ice to the mixing glass and stir.
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Strain into the chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of orange peel.
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This after-dinner drink is on the sweeter side, but with a quirky, subtle kick of salt and spice. It's tailor-made for sipping fireside on a snowy night.
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You'll need:
1 1/2 oz white port
3/4 oz Cognac
1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse
1 dehydrated orange slice (optional)
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
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Add ice to a mixing glass. Pour in the port, Cognac, and Chartreuse and stir.
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Strain into an old-fashioned glass. To make the optional orange garnish: Run orange slices through a home dehydrator after tossing with a bit of cinnamon and clove. Float the dried orange slice on top, then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
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Black Caullin Toddy
This hot toddy may not technically cure your cold symptoms, but it's certainly a delicious course of treatment. It's juicy and bright with just a bit of spice and smoke (and, yes —even the Scotch-phobes out there will enjoy it).
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You'll need:
1 oz Oban 14 Year Scotch
1 1/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp minced dried ginger
Slice of lemon
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First, place the dried ginger in a paper tea bag and steep in freshly boiled water to create a ginger tea. Then, pour the Scotch, amaro, and lemon juice into a tall mug and stir.
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Add the hot ginger tea and honey. Stir to combine.
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Garnish with the lemon slice and serve hot.

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