Whether you prefer your winter drinks toasty or frosty, you’re sure to be pleased with this beverage selection. Some of Flower magazine’s favorite designers and entertaining gurus shared recipes for their special sips for holiday parties and other cold-weather gatherings.
Frozen Whiskey Sours
Julia Reed fills her holiday punch bowl with Frozen Whiskey Sours, and shares her favorite recipe for the party-worthy, slushy treats. Photograph by Paul Costello.
Spiced Orange and Maple Coffee
P. Allen Smith shares his recipe for Spiced Orange and Maple Westrock Coffee, the perfect pick-me-up for après-party conversation. Photo from P. Allen Smith
Cranberry Shrub Cocktail
Author Jessica Strand's homemade shrub (a syrup made from fruit, vinegar, and sugar) plus a splash of ginger ale puts a holiday-worthy spin on the classic cranberry-and-vodka cocktail. Photograph by Ren Fuller.
Warm, fragrant, and delicious, with just a touch of maple syrup, this Mulled Cider hails from the “zero proof” chapter of Jessica Strand's Very Merry Cocktails (Chronicle Books 2020). Photo © Ren Fuller
Interior designer Marjorie Johnston shares her recipe for Winter's Kiss, a citrus and herb Champagne cocktail, to toast the season. Photo from Marjorie Johnson
Hot Chocolate with Chilli
Two kinds of heat combine in sweet, rich cups of Hot Chocolate with Chilli. Chiles take this chocolate concoction from Hot Drinks to another dimension! Photography by Steve Painter
This pleasingly herbal drink, excerpted from VERY MERRY COCKTAILS by Jessica Strand, will be a satisfying way to spread cheer after a day of decorating or a walk in a wintery forest. Photograph by Ren Fuller.
Drink or dessert? This recipe for Christmas Milk from the Hot Drinks cookbook is like mince pie in a mug! Photography by William Lingwood
James T. Farmer's grandmother said that he drank his holiday ambrosia rather than ate it. "The nectar and juices in the bottom of the bowl was the best part to me, with all the fruit flavors infused together." The memory inspired this holiday recipe for Ambrosia Nectar with Coconut Rim. Photographs by James T. Farmer III and Maggie Yelton from Sip & Savor by James T. Farmer III.
Gin & Pear Cocktails
Guests at Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley’s fall harvest gathering sipped on Gin & Pear Cocktails. The drinks were blended with Liberty Gin, handmade in Philadelphia by family friend and distiller Walter Palmer. Photography by Alison Conklin
Brandy Milk PUnch
A Christmas morning tradition for stylist Amanda Smith Fowler's family—these are perfect for brunch or dessert, and easily made kid-friendly. Photograph by Brent Hofaker
Atlanta based interior designer Danielle Rollins kicks off her Fall Harvest party by giving classic Old Fashioned cocktails a seasonal twist with blood oranges. Photo from Soirée: Entertaining with Style (Rizzoli New York).