9 Winter Cocktails That are Better Than Dessert
So you’ve given up desserts as your New Year’s resolution and you’re looking for a loophole? Here’s one: cocktails shouldn’t count. Desserts refer to the likes of cakes and cookies, not a delectable drink. And while you’re slaving away to meet your “New Year, new you” goals, we think you ought to reward yourself every once in awhile. We’ve rounded up some decadent, wintry cocktail recipes for when you’re in the mood to treat yourself. After all, you’ve earned it.
Growing up is never easy, but this Adults-Only Hot Chocolate makes it feel at least slightly more worthwhile. Created for Porchlight’s New Year’s Eve menu themed around camping, this cocktail composed of rich hot chocolate, Elijah Craig and Green Chartreuse will satisfy all winter long.
We’d be remiss not to include Arnaud’s classic Tom and Jerry on this list. The classic variation on eggnog sets the standard for decadent wintry drinking. Bonus: it can be easily batched for serving (or drinking) in bulk.
For a cocktail to take the place of dessert, it doesn’t have to be rife with heavy cream and baking spices — Bittered Sling’s Lauren Mote proves that with her Finnish Cobbler.
Dreaming of holidays spent by the seaside? The Cuyamel Cartel satisfies. Decadent Bacardi Ocho, banana butter and Evangeline's Pralines and Cream Liqueur come together for a boozy islander treat. (Photo: Sharon Pye)
Fans of the seriously sweet: this one’s for you. Combining boozy banana butter, Evangaline’s Pralines and Cream Liqueur and Bacardi Ocho, this is the stuff your sweet tooth begs for.
Espresso, chai, ice cream and rum — need we say more? We might keep The Big Farg-O in our cups all season long. (Photo: Sharon Pye)
Why aren’t all cocktails garnished with ice cream? Alas, this one is. The Big Farg-O brings together flavors of chai, espresso, ginger and smoke, topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. We’d call that irresistible.
The Doc Holliday Grog is an instant classic, like the man himself. (Photo: Sharon Pye)
Winner of the Judges Choice Award at Tales of the Toddy, this stunner is comforting and satiating in all the right ways. Giving up dessert for this drink? No problem.
Pear and rhubarb cream add a delicate, fruity sweetness to Irish whiskey in this cocktail from Tyler Chauvin of Treo and Gretchen Moore of Peche and Treo. (Photo: Sharon Pye Photography)
Creamy, fruit forward and not at all lacking in booze, The Elves That Killed the Pear Tree won’t disappoint. The orange zest and seltzer also add a delicate pop of flavor and texture.
This heavenly nog recipe involves an armagnac whipped cream, so you know it has to be good. (Photo: Sharon Pye Photography)
We can’t talk wintertime treats without including an update on eggnog. This recipe calls for brown butter-washed Tuaca and armagnac-infused whipped cream, two elements that take the classic over the top.
With coconut cream, sweet vermouth, coffee and allspice dram, this cocktail combines complex wintertime flavors for a delicately balanced but sumptuous drink. How soon is too soon to drink your dessert?