The leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping but your choices for the season’s elegant cocktails should never die off.   You can still enjoy many of your favorite concoctions by just substituting in other liqueurs.   One particular way is by switching out gin or vodka with an Irish Whiskey or a smoky Bourbon. With the start of autumn and winter just lurking around the corner, let’s count down our top five cocktails that can keep us warm from the inside out.

5. The Penicillin

A classic cocktail that blends scotch, ginger, honey, lemon and topped off with a delicious Laphroaig.


  • 2 oz. blended scotch
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. honey syrup
  • .5 oz. ginger syrup
  • .25 oz. Laphroig scotch

4. New York Sour

With rich aromatics like these you will take your traditional whiskey sour all they way through winter. To make it a New York Sour, you add just a bit of red wine.


  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • Red wine float

3. Boulevardier

Take a classic Negroni and turn it mysterious. Substitute the gin with a rye whiskey.


  • 5 oz. rye whiskey
  • .75 oz. Campari
  • .75 oz. sweet vermouth

2. Applejack Sazerac

There’s never been a more appropriate fireplace cocktail.   Using an apple brandy mixed with the comfort of maple syrup will no doubt keep you cozy.


  • 2 oz. apple brandy
  • .25 oz. maple syrup
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1. The Classic Hot Toddy

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Our favorite cold season sip is the perfect toddy. Do not forget the cinnamon sticks and star anise to complete winter’s best friend.


  • 5 oz. brandy or whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish

With these sophisticated concoctions in your hand, you’ll not only be able to survive the cool months to come but you’ll be able to enjoy them for the refreshment they are.

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