Top Ten Vodka Cocktails for Winter

Vodka Cocktails for Winter

Top 10 Vodka Cocktails to Warm Your Winter Evenings

The top ten vodka cocktails for winter includes some new entrants and some classics. All are sure to please you and your guests this winter.

Felene Sugarcane Vodka: A Perfect Match for Winter Vodka Cocktails

As the winter months wrap us in their chilly embrace, there’s nothing quite like the comfort of a smooth, carefully crafted vodka cocktail to bring warmth and joy to the season. At Felene Vodka, we specialize in creating organic sugarcane vodka from the purest, nonGMO sugarcane, ensuring each cocktail not only tastes exquisite but feels like a celebration of craftsmanship. Here, we present the top 10 vodka cocktails that promise to brighten your winter nights, complete with recipes, tasting notes, and ideal food pairings.

1. Winter Citrus Punch Background: Winter is the season of citrus fruits, and what better way to use them than in a punch that’s both refreshing and warming? Besides, we’re just crazy about Blood Orange and so this punch tops our list.

Citrus punch winter cocktail
Citrus Holiday Punch


  • 1 cup Felene Vodka
  • 2 cups blood orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • Blood orange slices and fresh cranberries for garnish Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a punch bowl. Add sparkling water before serving. Garnish with orange slices and cranberries.

    Tasting Notes: The bright acidity of the blood orange is perfectly balanced with the crispness of Felene Vodka, resulting in a tangy yet sweet concoction.
    Food Pairing: Pair with mini shrimp tacos for a zesty and satisfying combination.

2. Vanilla Pear Vodka Cocktail Background: The gentle sweetness of pear and the cozy aroma of vanilla are winter’s comforting duo.

pear and vanilla bean cocktail offer a sweet winter vodka treat
Pear Vanilla Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz Felene Vodka
  • 1/2 ripe pear, pureed
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • Pear slice and vanilla bean for garnish Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a pear slice and vanilla bean.

    Tasting Notes: This cocktail features a smooth, fruity taste with a hint of vanilla that complements the organic undertones of the vodka.
    Food Pairing: Savor with baked brie to accentuate the vanilla notes.

3. Spiced Ginger Vodka Mule Background: A winter twist on the classic mule, adding a spiced syrup for extra warmth.

spiced ginger mule
Spiced-up Mule


  • 2 oz Felene Blood Orange Flavored Vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz spiced syrup (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg)
  • Lime wedge for garnish Mix vodka and spiced syrup over ice, top with ginger beer, and garnish with lemon wedge and pomegranate arils.

    Tasting Notes: The spiced ginger mule carries a zesty ginger flavor with an undercurrent of warm spices, perfect for a cold day.
    Food Pairing: Enjoy with a hearty beef stew to complement the spices.

4. Colorado Martini Background: Inspired by the crisp air of the mountains, this martini uses winter herbs to create an exquisite, refreshing cocktail.

Colorado Martini
An Exquisite Alpine Martini cocktail with rosemary


  • 2 oz Felene Vodka
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz rosemary and thyme syrup
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

    Tasting Notes: The herbaceous tones offer a complex profile that marries beautifully with the vodka’s clean finish.
    Food Pairing: Complement with smoked salmon canapés for an elegant touch.

5. Raspberry Truffle Vodka Background: A decadent dessert in a glass, this cocktail combines chocolate and raspberry for a rich winter treat.

Java Raspberry Truffle Vodka
Coffee, raspberry and cream…simply delightful


  • 2 oz Felene Raspberry-Lemonade Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Fresh raspberries and grated chocolate for garnish Shake all liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with raspberries and chocolate.

    Tasting Notes: Indulgent chocolate and tart raspberry create a luxurious texture and taste.
    Food Pairing: Pair with chocolate truffles for a sinfully sweet experience.

6. Felene Fig Vodka Cocktail Background: Figs bring a touch of exotic sweetness to this warming vodka cocktails for winter.

Fig red cocktail with cognac, liquor, lime juice, figs and honey, old wooden table, bar tools, copy space


  • 2 oz Felene Vodka
  • 1 oz fig puree
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • Fig slice for garnish Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fig slice.

    Tasting Notes: The fig’s natural sweetness is balanced by the lemon’s tartness, creating a soothing, full-bodied flavor.
    Food Pairing: Try with creamy goat cheese crostini for a delightful contrast.

7. Cranberry Felene Vodka Sparkler Background: Celebrate the season’s festivities with this bubbly and tart cocktail. Truth be told? We like this classic year-round.

Cranberry Sparkler


  • 2 oz Felene Blood Orange Flavored Vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • Sparkling wine to top
  • Cranberries and rosemary sprig for garnish Combine vodka, cranberry juice, and triple sec in a glass with ice, top with sparkling wine, and garnish.

    Tasting Notes: A lively mix of tart cranberry with the effervescence of sparkling wine.
    Food Pairing: Perfect with turkey sliders as a nod to traditional holiday flavors.

8. Caramel Apple Vodka Martini Background: Reminiscent of a favorite fall treat, this martini transitions beautifully into winter.

Caramel apple martini with caramel and star anise


  • 1 1/2 oz Felene Vodka
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz caramel syrup
  • Star anise and caramelized coarse sugar for garnish Shake vodka, cider, and caramel syrup with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

    Tasting Notes: A delightful harmony of sweet caramel and tangy apple, enriched by the smooth vodka.
    Food Pairing: Enjoy with an apple tart or cinnamon spiced nuts.

9. Minted Whisper Background: A festive take on the classic, with a refreshing peppermint twist.

minted whisper
Minted Whisper


  • 2 oz Felene Vodka
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Peppermint candy for garnish.

    Tasting Notes: The invigorating peppermint is mellowed by the cream and coffee liqueur, offering a decadent taste.
    Food Pairing: Best with dark chocolate desserts for a mint-chocolate delight.

10. Toasted Hazelnut Vodka Toddy Background: A vodka-based toddy gives a nod to tradition with a nutty, toasted twist.

Toasted Hazelnut Vodka Toddy
Toasted Hazelnut Vodka Toddy


  • 2 oz Felene Vodka
  • Hot water
  • 1/2 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Lemon twist and cinnamon stick for garnish Stir vodka and hazelnut liqueur in a mug, add honey, top with hot water, and stir again. Add garnish.

    Tasting Notes: The vodka’s smoothness is the perfect canvas for the rich hazelnut and sweet honey.
    Food Pairing: Serve with shortbread cookies or almond biscotti for a cozy snack.

Each of these top 10 vodka cocktails for winter offers a unique way to savor the cold months. Featuring Felene Vodka’s distinctively smooth and organic profile, these drinks are designed to create memorable moments, whether enjoyed by the fireside or at a festive gathering. Pair them with the recommended dishes for an indulgent sensory experience.

Timothy Kelly

Tim is the Founder & Master Distiller at Felene. He developed his passion for the spirits and hospitality business while growing-up and working in his family's restaurant and liquor store business. Tim’s passion for the epicurean lifestyle has found it’s latest manifestation in the Felene Distillery. Tim is a 5-time Gold Medal Award winning Distiller. He has won a Platinum medal at the Prestigious Los Angeles Spirits Awards and his signature vodka was named Best-in-Category by the American Distilling Institute. Mr. Kelly is also a prolific author and writer and his blog is filled with ideas, discoveries, observations and recommendations to help his readers enjoy life’s simple epicurean pleasures.

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