Winter Cocktail Recipes from Top Restaurants

The holidays are almost over...but winter has just begun. We’ve gathered some of the top winter cocktail recipes to help you get through the season. For restaurants, seasonal cocktail menus are essential, because who wants to drink a mojito when it’s 30 degrees outside? So, we recruited the experts to show us how it’s done!


Lost In Translation from Daniel

At Daniel, ranked #3 on our New York cocktails list, attention to detail is everything. The Upper East Side restaurant balances taste and presentation for an impeccable dining (and drinking) experience. Plus, adding matcha to a cocktail is one of the trendiest thing you will do this winter!


  • 1 oz Auva Prata Cacacha

  • 1 oz Mizu Shochu

  • 0.5 oz Lime

  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1 scoop Matcha Powder

  • 0.75 oz Egg White


Add all ingredients into shaker. Dry shake, shake with ice, strain into black clay bowl (or whatever vessel you prefer). No ice. Garnish with dusting of matcha powder.


Blood Orange Margarita from Empellón Cocina

Empellón Cocina, ranked on our list of New York’s top cocktail lists, is known for putting its signature culinary flair on traditional Mexican fare. This blood orange margarita is no exception!


  • 1.5 oz Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila

  • 0.25 oz New Holland "Clockwork Orange" Blood Orange Liqueur

  • 0.25 oz Agave Syrup (agave nectar diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio)

  • 1 oz Blood Orange Juice or Pureé

  • 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice


Combine all ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Serve with a half-rim of citrus salt.


First Frost from Green Zebra

Green Zebra’s new mixologist, James Knittle, has created a list of winter cocktails for the vegetarian restaurant. Knittle’s flair for the dramatic--probably from his tiki bar background--is further elevated by the vintage glasses Green Zebra uses are part of its bar program.


  • 1.5 oz Tanuki Raccoon Sake

  • 0.5 oz Chareau Aloe Liqueur

  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Cucumber bitters

  • 0.5 oz Yuzu Juice

  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice

  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup


Combine all ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and serve up in a frosted coupe (or your preferred glass) with mint speared cucumber float.


There you have it! Three delicious winter cocktails from top restaurants that will be sure to impress this season. We’d love to see you make them! Tag us in your posts on Instagram (@renzellrestaurants) or Twitter (@renzell)!

In case you missed it, check out our list of New York’s Top 15 Best Cocktail Lists!