Summerize Your Winter Drinks!

As summer comes to an end, you may be preparing to make the switch from refreshing summer cocktails to warming winter drinks. But we don’t want summer to end, so we’ve figured out a way to turn some popular winter drinks into cool cocktails. Remember: just because you’re wearing a sweater doesn’t mean you can’t have a summer state of mind.

Nothing fills a home with the scent of the holidays like a batch of mulled wine. But to get a taste of summer, ditch winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or clover, remove the wine from the stove, and add summery citrus fruits like oranges, limes, or grapefruit.Add a splash of Grand Marnier, pour the wine over ice, and violá– you’ve got sangria. Olé!

Everyone likes to toast to the New Year with a glass of celebratory bubbly, but with the addition of a few ingredients like Chambord, peach schnapps, fresh fruit, or Limoncello, you’ll get that summertime vibe no matter how chilly it is outside.

This could be the easiest winter­ to ­summer drink conversion you can create. First, brew a pot of fresh coffee. While it’s cooling, pour a little Irish whiskey in your mug. Add sugar, then add ice. Finally, fill your mug with the cooled coffee and top with whipped cream. Sip until well caffeinated, and you think you’re on a beach.

A rich, dark beer goes great with cooler weather, but if you’re longing to change into your bathing suit, pour half your porter or stout into a glass with cider. You’ll think you’re at a pool party.

Nothing beats a warm, fresh apple cider during a brisk autumn afternoon. Except a cold, fresh apple cider slushy on a hot summer’s day. Just add Cognac, freeze your batch overnight (or at least four hours if you can’t wait), and pretend you’re cozied up to a beach bonfire instead of the fireplace.

Take this popular holiday party punch on a tropical vacation. Use traditional eggnog and a sprinkle of cinnamon and make it alcoholic by adding a generous dose of spiced rum. Blend it with vanilla ice cream. Add a straw and mini umbrella for kicks.

If you don’t want summer to end, just remember these simple recipes and you’ll make it through winter just fine. Or just visit your local Fridays for the perfect handcrafted cocktail.

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