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.
7 Cozy Whiskey Drinks to Sip by the Fire
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.