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Festive Winter Wedding Cocktail Ideas

About 8 month(s) ago by Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

Make the most of this sweater weather with some festive, cozy cocktails! Whether you prepare them for a party, or just for yourself after a long day, these three delicious beverages will make you forget all about your cold-weather troubles.

Nutella Melt

Ingredients:

4 cups of whole milk

¼ cup of Nutella

A pinch of salt

6 oz. of hazelnut liqueur

1 cup of heavy cream (chilled)

¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder

¼ cups of toasted hazelnuts, chopped for garnish

Toasted coconut flakes for garnish

Directions:

  1. Bring milk, Nutella and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until Nutella is completely dissolved. Stir in liqueur. Turn off the heat but leave the pot on the stove while you whip the cream.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat cream, confectioners' sugar and espresso powder on medium speed in a large, chilled bowl until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, beat by hand using a large wire whisk.) Ladle drink into warm cups and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and coconut.

Mulled White Wine

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of black peppercorns

2 teaspoons of whole cloves

1 (750ml) bottle of white zinfandel

¼ cup of granulated sugar

1 small bunch of sage

1 small bunch thyme

The rind plus 2 tablespoons of juice from 1 lemon

1 cup pear eau-de-vie or brandy

1 firm, ripe pear (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)

Directions:

  1. Place peppercorns and cloves in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add wine, sugar, sage, thyme, and lemon rind and juice and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids.
  4. Return mixture to saucepan and stir in eau-de-vie and pear slices. Simmer over medium-low heat until pears are fork-tender but still retain their shape, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve. For a more decorative touch, leave the skin, seeds and stems on the pears.

Irish Coffee

Ingredient:

Coffee, your favorite blend

1 oz. (a shot glass worth) of Irish whiskey

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

Whipped cream

Chocolate or cinnamon for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brew hot coffee and pour into mugs. Add whiskey and brown sugar (add or reduce depending on sweetness preference) into mugs of coffee.
Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate or cinnamon.
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