Looking to spice up your bar this winter?  Look no further!  I’m coming at you with some tasteful and tasty libations that will both refresh and impress your guests.

Mulled Apple Cider

This one’s a classic, and for a reason.  It’s so easy to make on your own that buying the premade stuff is criminal.  Trust me, you’ll notice the difference and when your guests hear that you made it yourself they’ll be wowed.


59 ounces bottle Simply Apple Juice

4 Cinnamon sticks

5 cloves

2 star anise pods

1/3 cup light brown sugar

½ tsp ginger powder

1 navel orange

8 ounces brandy

8 ounces 80 proof vodka

Add all ingredients through ginger powder to stock pot and turn heat to medium, stirring occasionally.  Rinse off your orange, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice into your stock pot.  Add the orange peels into the stock pot.  Once your cider has reached a boil add your alcohol.  Reduce heat to a simmer and let it go for a half hour.  Don’t overdo it our you’ll cook out too much of your alcohol!  Fish out your spices and pour into a serving container.  Makes 8 servings.  Great for the campfire!

Cask Aged Boulevardier

The boulevardier is an acquired taste, as one of its main ingredients is Campari.  But it’s perfect for winter with its smoky whiskey, smooth sweet vermouth, and sharp Campari coming together to form a concoction that calms the soul.  To make it even better for winter, you can make a batch of boulevardier and age it in a fresh oak cask for several months!  It takes some planning but it’s well worth the effort.  You can find 2 liter white oak casks on Amazon.


600 ml Campari

600 ml sweet vermouth

700 ml whisky

Combine all ingredients in your cask and leave it in a cool, dry place with low exposure to sunlight.  Age for at least a month and you’ll be rewarded.  You can use any whisky that you like, most recipes call for rye or bourbon.  I would recommend something on the drier end of bourbon, like Basil Hayden.  When it comes time to serve, stir with ice and strain into a couple glass.  Garnish with a bing cherry.

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