Winter Cocktails

Aromatic sweetly spiced and warming, we love experimenting with different flavours and combinations when it comes to cocktails. Summer cocktails are full of tangy gin and fruity Pimms, but for winter, something rich and soul warming is needed.

We’ve put together our three favourite winter cocktails to keep you toasty warm on a Friday night.

These cocktails will turn up the heat and chase the cold away, so spend a night in in front of the fire with these tantalising recipes. 

Mulled wine


2 x 750ml Bottles of red wine (we use Merlot)

1/3 cup caster sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

4 whole cloves

1 orange, thinly sliced

Combine wine, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and cloves in a large saucepan over low heat.

Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is heated through.

Add orange to wine mixture. Stand for 2 minutes.

Pour into heatproof glasses and serve.

Warm Spiced Rum Apple Punch


4 cups cold water

1 cup caster sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup rum

2 cups pure apple juice

½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

Combine the water, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the rum and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

Add the apple juice and mint leaves to the warm spiced rum and stir to combine.

Serve punch warm.

Warm Spiced Whisky Cider


750ml sparkling apple juice

2 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

2 tablespoons brown sugar

¾ cup Pure Malt Scotch Whisky

Combine the sparkling apple juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar in a medium saucepan.

Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high.

Bring to the boil. Cover. Set aside for 5 minutes to develop the flavours.

Stir in whisky. Strain the mixture into a heatproof jug, pour into glasses to serve.