You can sip a martini any time, but there's something particularly pleasurable about a cocktail designed for the colder months. "Everyone's looking to drink seasonally," says bartender Tristan Willey of Brooklyn, New York's Long Island Bar. "But if you don't know what to do at home, you can just rotate one or two things to make it appropriate for the time of year." We teamed up with Willey to create a menu of 13 cocktails with a winter-friendly twist. Read on to discover them all.More
"It's really beautiful, and perfect for an elegant party. It elevates the pomp and circumstance of your traditional glass of Champagne."
• 4 oz sparkling wine
• 1 sugar cube
• Angostura bitters
Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters and drop into a champagne flute. Fill with sparkling wine (a dry prosecco will also do). Garnish with a lemon twist.
"Winter isn't about eliminating refreshing drinks, but there are things that can make them more seasonally appropriate. By swapping the gin for the richer, silkier flavors of the cognac, it turns it into a more wintery version of itself."
• 1 oz cognac
• .5 oz lemon juice
• .5 oz simple syrup
• Splash of sparkling wine
Shake the cognac, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute, and top with Prosecco or another dry sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.