A Guide to Winter Cocktails

Josh_SchaffLast month, we posted this article from the New York Times to our Facebook page and asked our fans: what is your favorite winter cocktail?  So now, we turn to the professional, Josh Schaff, Satterfield’s mixologist extraordinaire and ask him, what are your top 5 cocktails to enjoy in the cold weather?

Josh Schaff’s Top 5 Winter Cocktails

As selected by Satterfield’s mixologist, Josh Schaff, with a little history lesson and detailed instruction for good measure.

The Jack Rose

2 oz Apple Brandy (Laird’s Applejack is one of America’s oldest distilleries), .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice, .5 oz Quality Grenadine Shaken Hard.

A Cocktail written about in Hemingway’s the Sun Also Rises.


Old Friends

2 oz Glenlivet Scotch (Or your favorite single malt), 1 oz Madeira (Fortified Wine), .75 oz Zucca Rhubarb Amaro

This cocktail is an after dinner libation served at Satterfield’s.  It should be gently stirred and poured either over ice or into a cocktail glass such as a coupe to be enjoyed with a twist of grapefruit. Deep smoke, soft fruit and notes of chocolate and rhubarb.


An Improved Cocktail

2 oz Rye Whiskey, .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, .25 oz Fernet Branca, Two Dashes Orange Bitters

An Improved Cocktail was the answer to the original cocktail (whiskey, sugar, bitters) which we now know as an Old Fashioned, as time progressed and pharmicist began distilling more complex liqueurs and remedies so came about an Improved Cocktail.

*Later this recipe was simplified and became known as the Sazerac. Serve in a rocks glass rinsed with absinthe with a squeeze of lemon peel.


The Manhattan

2 oz Good Bourbon Whiskey, 1 oz Quality Sweet Vermouth (Such as Dolin Rouge, Carpano Antica Formula, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino), 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters


This is a delicious, robust cocktail that showcases the whiskey used in it.  In my experience the better the whiskey the better the Manhattan and it is also a recipe I see botched  a lot.  So remember this, the original Manhattan area code was 212 – 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz vermouth, 2 dashes of bitters.  Stir until very cold, strain.

Hot Buttered Rum

2 oz Dark Rum, 2 sugar cubes, 1/4 inch fresh butter.  This is one of my favorite winter cocktails and there are multiple ways to go about making it.  My favorite way is to take a small sauce pan and melt the butter under low heat and stir in the sugar cubes with 1 oz of water until completely dissolved.  Add in your two oz of rum and pour in to a coffee mug.  Add hot water to your liking and grated nutmeg.

Josh invites you to try these recipes at home, or come have a seat at the bar and let the professionals take care of you. From our bar to yours, cheers!