Manly Libation of the Week: 3 Cocktail Recipes to Cheer You Up

Sipping a well-made cocktail is the perfect way to unwind and relax, whether you’ve had a long day at the office or just want to kick back with some friends. Follow our Manly Libation series week-to-week, as we highlight manly cocktails — we guarantee these classic drinks will put some hair on your chest.

Sad but true: Post-holiday slumpage is a thing. Without the magic of the holidays to look forward to, and the festive fun of New Year’s Eve debauchery over for another year, it’s not like the cold temperatures are having us jumping with joy to go outside each day. But stay inside with a cozy cocktail? Now that’s something we can get tingly and merry over. Read on for our favorite January cocktails from Appleton Estate, a renowned Jamaican rum brand that will have you lusting for a heartier pour. Hey, you need to keep warm somehow.

1. Winter’s Kiss

Winter's Kiss
Source: Appleton Estate

Recipe created by Christopher Longoria


  • ¾ ounce Cynar 70-proof
  • ¾ ounce Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old
  • ¾ ounce dry vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
  • 3 Dashes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon Tempus Fugit creme de menthe
  • Mint spring (for garnish)

Directions: Stir and single strain over a large ice cube into rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

2. Hot Apple Bottom 

Source: Appleton Estate

Recipe created by Willy Shine


  • 1½ ounces Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
  • 1 bar spoon Pedro Ximenez sherry
  • ½ ounce (2:1) honey syrup
  • 2 heaping bar spoons spiced maple butter
  • 1½ ounces apple cider
  • Grated nutmeg and cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

Maple butter

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 4 ounces maple syrup
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground clove
  • Pinch ground nutmeg

Directions: Heat the apple cider to its boiling point while combining the rest of the ingredients in a handled mug. Pour the hot cider into the mug and stir to combine. Dust with nutmeg, garnish with a cinnamon stick, and serve.

For the maple butter: Melt the butter and stir in the rest of the ingredients to combine. Chill until ready to use.

Tip: When making this drink, prepare your spiced butter in advance and leave in the cooler in your station. For all hot drinks, don’t make it so hot that the guest cannot sip it right away. Even in a hot drink, you’ll want to deliver the cocktail at a temperature at which it is perfect in the first two sips.

3. Buccaneer’s Booty Trap

Buccaneer's Booty Trap
Source: Appleton Estate

Recipe created by Willy Shine


Cinnamon butter mix

  • ½ stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Add all ingredients into a footed tempered glass or mug, and steam under a cappuccino maker until hot, then stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. To make the butter, stir together, then refrigerate.

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