If it’s one thing I love about life’s pleasures is a good,delicious cocktail but not only that, the presentation enhances the experience indefinitely. Whether it’s rum (favorite spirit) or bourbon, it’s all about the mixture and how it’s prepare. Anyone can “mix” a drink but a cocktail takes technique. A garnished cocktail is a stylish cocktail but not just any. Since we are in lingering in the joint of Fall and Winter, I think it’s time to explore some cozy cocktails to warm the soul. Here are a few selections I think you may enjoy.

Toby’s Tody

 1 oz cognac

1 oz aged rum

1 oz lemon juice

1 oz simple syrup

  • Martinez

 2 oz gin

75 oz sweet vermouth

 1 bar spoon of maraschino

 1 dash orange bitters

Applejack Sazarac

 Blood orange juice will turn your cocktail a seriously gorg color. Get the recipe from Holly & Flora.
Blood Orange Whiskey

1 1/2 ounces whiskey or bourbon {I used Bulleit Bourbon}

1/2 ounce Amaro Nonino Quintessentia

2 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about two blood oranges)

1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (about a quarter of a lemon)

1/2 ounce agave nectar

2-3 dashes orange bitters

Sprig of thyme

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bourbon

1.5 ounces bourbon

2 tablespoons brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup (ingredients and instructions below)

honey and brown sugar for glass rim

splash of club soda

3 dashes citrus bitters


Aged Eggnog Cocktail

12 large very fresh, high-quality eggs

1 3/4 cups unrefined cane sugar

1 quart (4 cups) whole milk

2 cups heavy cream divided

3 cups Irish whisky or Bourbon

2 cups dark rum

3/4 cup Cognac or Armagnac or Spiced Pear Liqueur

Pinch Sea salt

ice for serving

Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Thank you for reading and I hope you give one of these delicious cocktails a try so you can tell me about it. Until then, Happy Styling!

All images courtesy of Esquire