Winter Cocktails: 3 Summer Cocktails with a Wintertime Twist

By: Jacqui Denker | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 10:46 AM, Nov 19, 2018 Updated: 9:11 AM, Nov 20, 2018

We love our zesty summer cocktails like margaritas and mojitos way too much to send them into hibernation. So, let’s give them a winter spin!  The List is chatting with Mixologist Robert Porter to show you a few tweaks so you can turn your beach bevs into winter classics.  

1. Spiced Pear Bellini 

Winter is all about the aroma and taste of spices. Our first drink will hit all the right notes with pear, ginger and a touch of spiced cinnamon syrup. 


  • 1 ½ oz. ginger cinnamon purée  
  • Champagne

To make ginger cinnamon purée:

  • 1 oz. pear purée 
  •  Dash of cinnamon spice bitters
  • 1/2 oz. ginger/citrus syrup


Add champagne to a glass and wait until bubbles settle. Once they do, pour in purée, ginger and spiced cinnamon syrup. Top it off with a splash more of champagne.


2. Cranberry Peppermint Mojito

Next, we’re making a cocktail that smells like pure holiday joy. That’s right. It can only peppermint, and we’re adding that special touch to a classic summertime mojito. Cheers!  


  • 1 oz. silver rum
  • 1 oz créme de menthe  
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice


  • Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake and double strain into a tall glass. Top with sparkling rosé.  


3. Pumpkin Margarita

When you think summer cocktails, the first thing that most likely will come to mind are margaritas. And yes, we’re turning our beloved summer margaritas into a wintertime party hit.


  • 2 oz. reposado tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin/apple cider syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Double rocks glass with pumpkin spice-salted rim
  • Fresh-sliced apple for garnish

Directions for Syrup:

Pour 16.9 oz. spiced apple cider and canned pumpkin in a pan for 30 minutes to reduce. Add 1/4 cup sugar. Let simmer until reduced to a syrup consistency.   

Directions for Cocktail:

Add tequila, lime juice, Robert’s pumpkin syrup creation, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Place a mixture of pumpkin spice and salt into a plate. Take your double rocks glass and dip into the mixture for a perfect rim. Pour shaker mixture into glass and garnish with a fresh-sliced apple.


Special thanks to the J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician for providing a beautiful location.  


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