Nov. 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM ET
When the weather turns cool outside, warm up inside with these seasonal cocktails. I asked top cocktail experts for their favorite fall/winter sips to ring in the season. Cheers!
Cocktail: Golden Derby
This is my take on the classic Brown Derby. Being a Bourbon fan and someone who craves drinks that are more tart than sweet, this drink is complex yet simple to make.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Cocktail: Mexico City
Chosen by: Eric Rubin, leading tequila educator/founder of Tres Agaves Restaurants
Cocktail: Spiced apple martini
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Skewer the cherries on a toothpick or sword to garnish.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Float a pinch of cinnamon on top.
Cocktail: Irish coffee
Chosen by: Doug Frost, master of wine and master sommelier, co-founder of BAR
Combine whiskey, coffee and syrup in an Irish coffee glass or coffee mug. Top with lightly whipped unsweetened cream (use hand-whipped cream if possible as the cream-in-a-can leaves an oil slick on the top of your drink).
Cocktail: Hot Buttered Egg Nog
Chosen by: Kathy Casey, celebrity chef and mixologist, founder The Liquid Kitchen
For one cup:
For buttered eggnog mix:
Makes about 7 cups (about 30 - 36 servings)
Be sure butter is softened. With an electric mixer; cream butter, orange zest and sugars together in a mixing bowl until totally smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 1 month.
What winter cocktails are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below.
Leslie Sbrocco is the author of "The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide" and founder of ThirstyGirl.com.