Winter Cheers

//Winter Cheers

Winter Cheers

By | 2016-11-30T15:45:08+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Food & Drink|0 Comments

With the holidays behind us, winter has a tendency to lose a bit of its magic. Once seasonal and invigorating, the cold becomes just plain cold — so we find ourselves giving in to the instinctive urge to hibernate, cabin fever be damned.

And wouldn’t you know, just when leaving the house becomes painfully unappealing, there’s an added allure at Chattanooga’s homegrown eateries and watering holes: seasonal cocktails. Bartenders become artists at this time of year, masterful mixologists whose imaginative concoctions perfectly balance the sweetness and spice of the season, plus a little something extra to keep you warm.

We wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2016.

St. John’s:

Apple Brandy and Cinnamon stave off Winter's chill.

Apple Brandy and Cinnamon stave off Winter’s chill.

Beautiful & Good
.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz Amaro Nonino
.75 oz Germain-Robin Apple Brandy
1.5 oz Sandeman Amontillado Dry Sherry

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Top with ice and shake until well chilled. Fine strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with shaved cinnamon.

Cinnamon Syrup:
5-6 cinnamon sticks
16 oz water
16 oz turbinado sugar

Bring all ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. Discard cinnamon sticks, strain into a clean glass jar and cover. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Flying Squirrel:

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Take 3 spoonfuls of your favorite hot chocolate mix and add:

1.25 oz. Ancho Reyes (an ancho chile liqueur)
0.25 oz. Fernet Branca
Top with hot water and stir well
Garnish with a dehydrated jalapeno slice




The Solstice
2 oz. Bulleit Rye (Rittenhouse Rye is a great value alternative)
.5 oz. Averna Amaro
.75 oz. honey, brown sugar, and thyme syrup
juice from one lemon wedge

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour over a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a piece of thyme and enjoy!

Brown Sugar, Honey and Thyme Syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
a hearty handful of thyme
1 1/4 cups of water

Heat water, sugar and honey in a stock pot over medium high heat until ingredients are well blended. Add thyme and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer with thyme for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool and strain into container for storage.

Mixing it up at The Flying Squirrel.

Mixing it up at The Flying Squirrel.

Easy Bistro:

1.5 oz at. George gin
.5 dolin blanc vermouth
.5 apricot liqour
Grapefruit bitters
Rose water

Local 191:

Raspberry Chocolate
10 oz Mexican Hot Chocolate
2 oz Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream
0.5 oz Raspberry Syrup
Top with fresh Whipped Cream
Garnish with fresh raspberries & cinnamon

The Social at Public House

1.5 oz. Tin Cup Whiskey
.5 oz. Cynar
.25 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. House Ginger Beer
Top with House Smoked Apple Cider
Garnish: Lemon wheel with apple butter

In 12oz mason jar, build cocktail over ice. Garnish by floating lemon wheel with a dot of apple butter.


A round-up of seasonal cocktails, crafted by some of the finest behind-the-bar creatives in town.  Photography by Grant Dotson.  In partnership with ArtsBuild


About the Author:

Established in 1969, ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga) is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County. At the heart of our mission is thinking globally about the arts in Chattanooga. ArtsBuild is working to tell the good news about just how vibrant our arts community has become and share this story around the country.

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