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7 Cozy Whiskey Drinks to Sip by the Fire

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When you think of whiskey by the fire, you might imagine a snifter-full of scotch. But there are plenty of fireside-appropriate whiskey cocktails. Pull your recliner a little closer to the fire, watch the flames dance and complete your Hallmark moment with a glass of one of these cozy whiskey cocktails.

A classic Manhattan, with its spicy rye whiskey and dark, richly sweet vermouth, is a perfect fireside “up” cocktail. Chilled but not icy, it’s delightfully sippable and, served in a coupe, makes for a fashionable fireside accessory.

The Essentials

Whiskey
Sweet Vermouth
bitters
Fire is warming. But a fireside Hot Toddy? That’ll melt even the coldest of winter wanderers. Made with scotch, bourbon or rye, the honeyed cocktail is a great way to double down on a fireside drink.

The Essentials

hot water
whiskey
honey
Sometimes whiskey alone isn’t enough. The Vieux Carre calls for Cognac in addition to bourbon, allowing the spirits to join forces in the fight against chilliness. Add a touch of sweet vermouth and bitter Benedictine, and you have a delicious glass of comfort.

The Essentials

Rye
Cognac
Sweet Vermouth
Not all tiki cocktails are out of place by a fireplace. When the weather turns wintry but that tiki bug is still biting, make a Poison Dart, one of the few bourbon-based Polynesian cocktails. If you close your eyes, the fire almost feels like sunlight beating down on a beach.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Orgeat
Cynar
Those who really want to feel the fire inside and out should opt for a quick, chest-warming shot of Fireball. Skip the brand name hooch for this homemade version from the folks at San Francisco’s Trick Dog.

The Essentials

Becherovka
Bourbon
Cinnamon Syrup
There are plenty of scotch cocktails, but the Godfather is all about easy mixing, which makes it great for fireside relaxation time. Just add scotch and amaretto to a rocks glass with a bit of ice and stir.

The Essentials

Scotch
Amaretto
A post-dinner dessert cocktail next to a fireplace is as close to wintertime nirvana as it gets. Bourbon is definitely the best choice for creamy eggnog, especially buddied up with a splash of a sweeter, rounder spirit like rum or brandy.

The Essentials

bourbon
dark rum
eggs
cream

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