Shake it up: winter cocktails to make at home

JACKSON, Wyo. — Who said you can’t find luxury in the comfort of your own home?

While grabbing an Insomnia at the Spur or a Spicy Margarita from the Mangy Moose after a long day of skiing is always a treat, you don’t have to dine out for decadence. Here are a few wintery cocktail options to try out yourself.

Bourbon Spiked Chai
Wyoming Whiskey Marketing Manager and cocktail mistress Kimberly Barger’s recipe, this drink has quickly become a favorite in our household. While the cream is rich, the chai and bourbon give the drink a spicy, warming flavor which is mellowed with just a touch of sweetness from the Frangelico, rounding it out beautifully.

Bourbon Spiked Chai
Photo: David Sproule

For 1 Spiked Chai:
1½ oz Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon
1½ oz Chai Simple Syrup *
1¼ oz Frangelico
Top with Cream or Almond Milk

To assemble:
Pour all ingredients into a shaker over ice and shake vigorously for about fifteen seconds. Strain the cocktail into a champagne coupe and garnish with a dash of nutmeg.

*For the Chai Simple Syrup:
Combine 1 ½ C turbinado sugar and 1 ½ C water in a saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add 6 chai tea bags. Let it steep for about ten minutes. Remove tea bags and store in the fridge. Let syrup cool before using.

Pomegranate Gin Martini
While this pretty drink is perfect for a ladies’ night, its bittersweet and slightly sour tang makes it approachable to all. Careful, it goes down very smooth.

Vibrant and delicious Pomegranate

For 2 Pomegranate Martinis:
4 oz gin (try Jackson Hole Still Works’ Great Grey)
2 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup (or 1 oz if you like things on the sweeter side)

Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

If you’re looking to indulge in a wintery cocktail hour, be sure to swing by Glorietta Trattoria to try their new hot winter beverages: the Tyrolean Hot Toddy and Vin Brule.

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