Winter Warmers

11 Nov 2015

We’re feeling the cold and we’re sure you are too so we have been experimenting behind the bar with our mixologists to create some fantastic winter warmer drinks.

We’re feeling the cold and we’re sure you are too so we have been experimenting behind the bar with our mixologists to create some fantastic winter warmer drinks and we caught up with Tariq, our Food and Beverage Manager to get his ideas and inspiration on how to heat up your dinner party... Serving cocktails warm is a great way to enjoy your favourite concoctions without freezing your hands off trying to hold a glass filled with an ice cold drink.

For Tariq he says that Mulled Wine is a classic and flavours such as cinnamon, apple and spices are perfect for this time of the year! These recipes are just a few ideas to get you started but go with the flow and experiment to see what you like and Tariq’s advice is ‘always taste as you build’ – one extra ingredient can change the flavour and dynamics of the drink completely.

Cinnapple Surprise – This cocktail is perfect for winter and the Christmassy flavour of cinnamon makes this a great one for the festive season dinner party.

You will need:

  • 500ml x Fresh Apple Juice
  • 6 x Cinnamon Sticks
  • 150ml x Pear Juice
  • 80ml x Vanilla Vodka
  • 30ml xLemon Juice
  • 30ml x Orange Syrup

Pour the Apple Juice into a large pan with the 6 Cinnamon Sticks and boil, and then reduce to a simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Keep on a low heat, stir in the remaining ingredients and serve in a glass mug with a Cinnamon stick.


Earl Twilight – based on the traditional Earl Grey tea but with a wicked alcoholic twist, it’s perfect for after-dinner – it’s sweet, warm and comforting.

  • 150ml x Hot Earl Grey Tea
  • 30g x Brown Sugar
  • 50ml x Bulleit Bourbon
  • 40ml x Bees Honey
  • Orange Peel (for garnishing)

Dissolve the Brown Sugar into the hot Earl Grey Tea, mix in the honey until it has all warmed through, pour a shot of whiskey into each glass and top up with the hot sugary tea, stir well and garnish with orange peel.


Glühwein – Make this in a large pan with lots of spices and garnishes, keep warm and serve throughout the night, the extra kick of Vodka will keep your guests lively all night long!

  • 1 x Bottle of Red Wine (Tariq’s Tip – ensure you use a Red wine that you would usually enjoy)
  • 4 x Cinnamon Sticks
  • 100g x Brown Sugar
  • 6 x Star Anise
  • 2 x Cloves
  • 2 Oranges – peel on and sliced
  • 1 Lemon – peel on and sliced
  • 100ml x Grey Goose Vodka

Tip: If you have the time beforehand, dry-fry the spices whole in the bottom of a deep pan before adding the liquid so that they release their flavours and spice.

Throw all the ingredients into a big pan, simmer (do not boil!) for 6-8 minutes and then keep on a low heat and serve in large wine glasses with the Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Star Anise, Orange and Lemon peel in the glass. It’s colourful, delicious and looks impressive – just make sure it’s not too hot to hold the glass... Enjoy!