Winter Is For Hibernating. And Cocktails.

I like to think of myself as a non-biased drinker.

Beer is easy and fits my rescue-dog-no-kids-queer-asheville-craft-beer lifestyle. Wine is supposedly good for you and looks damn good in a fancy glass. Big thanks to my big sis for making me feel like an adult! Liquor is lower-calorie, although honestly 98% of the time that is the last thing on my mind.

During the winter months, I really just want to hang at home with my friends. There is no fun porch vibe going on at our local watering holes, I don’t hope to run into friends and neighbors. I just want to wear my unicorn onesie in the comfort of my home, flipping records with my buddies. Honest truth. Being at home also gives one the opportunity to experiment with fancy cocktails, because you know I don’t spring for $9 drinks when we’re out. $3.50 beer special for me, please.

Hot Apple Cider

This my go-to shareable drink to put out at a cold-weather party. My mom used to make this at Thanksgiving every year and it was super exciting when I was finally old enough to spike mine. This is a dummy proof idea, totally flexible and non-alcohol friendly.

In a crockpot combine:
3 parts apple cider
2 parts orange juice
whole cloves
cinnamon sticks.

Throw that sucker on high and forget about it. I always get spiced rum (behold the Kraken) and good whiskey/bourbon for mixing. Or, no presh, keep it virgin.

Spicy Skinny

Can’t say that I love that name, but I’m going with it. This drink is something I had over Christmas in Tampa at Ella’s Folk Art Cafe and it was seriously amazing. If you’re a fan of spicy stuff, give this a try. I chopped up one jalapeno, seeds included, and let it infuse for about a week and it came out mildly spicy. I want to try it again, infusing the peppers for longer for more of a kick!

Jalapeno Tequila
2 part pineapple juice
1 part lime juice


This is an old fave of my, adopted from The Marketplace in Asheville.

2 parts IPA
1 part grapefruit juice

Happy mixing!


  1. Courtney Masters
    January 15, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Going to try that tequila drink! – minus the spicy haha

    • Anna Elliott
      February 17, 2016 / 2:02 am

      Let me know if you like it!

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