Published on November 23, 2023.
Let’s get cozy together.
As winter’s chill descends upon us, it’s time to cozy up with a steaming mug or a well-crafted cocktail to warm both body and spirit. Winter of 2023 brings a fresh set of trends to the world of winter beverages, offering exciting twists on classic flavors and innovative concoctions that will delight your palate.
In 2023, there’s a noticeable return to classic cocktails with a winter twist. Mixologists are revisiting timeless recipes like the Hot Toddy, Irish Coffee, and Old Fashioned. These cocktails are getting a modern makeover by using high-quality spirits and unique ingredients. Think bourbon-infused Hot Toddies with artisanal honey and spiced bitters, or Irish Coffees featuring locally roasted coffee beans and hand-whipped cream.
Winter is synonymous with spices, and this season’s cocktails are no exception. Bartenders are experimenting with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg to create aromatic masterpieces. Spiced cocktails like mulled wine and cider with a twist are sure to warm your soul. The use of exotic spices is elevating traditional drinks to a whole new level.
The allure of smoky and barrel-aged flavors is on the rise this winter. Whiskey and mezcal enthusiasts will appreciate cocktails that embrace the rich, smoky notes of these spirits. Barrel-aged cocktails, where drinks are aged in barrels to develop complex flavors, are also making a comeback, providing an intriguing depth to traditional recipes.
Sustainability continues to be a driving force in the beverage industry. Many bars and distilleries are focusing on eco-friendly practices, using organic spirits and locally sourced ingredients. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in winter cocktails, with farm-to-glass concoctions featuring fresh, seasonal fruits and herbs.
For those seeking lighter options during the winter months, low and no-alcohol cocktails are gaining popularity. Bartenders are crafting sophisticated zero-proof drinks that capture the essence of traditional cocktails without the alcohol content. Expect to find alcohol-free mulled wine, virgin versions of classic cocktails, and herbal elixirs that offer a soothing alternative.
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Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine.