Winter cocktail recipes


Known for its dramatic and delicious concoctions, the barmen at the Lodge share their favourite warming winter cocktail recipes.


Famous for its fantastic, locally sourced food, The Lodge at Ashford Castle also excels when it comes to creative cocktails. Here, the hotel’s Quay Bar and Brasserie generously shares some of its favourite winter cocktail recipes that can be easily recreated at home.

The Captain In Port is a wonderfully fortifying and hearty cocktail that’s certain to banish any winter chills. With a clever hint of citrus and honey, which helps provide a smooth and fresh finish, it’s best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire.

Additionally, we love the spicy warmth of the bar’s Kentucky Mule, a twist on a classic cocktail that’s made with bourbon for a sweet, spiced edge. The moreish sweet and sour flavours of the Bitter Sweet Symphony are a must-try, combining cherry and lime with Irish-made Dingle vodka.

Winter Cocktail Recipes



  • 50ml Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml natural honey
  • 15ml egg white
  • 35ml of Ruby Port


  1. Add the rum, lemon juice, honey and egg whites to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Add ice to the shaker and shake again before straining the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Pour in the port over a bar spoon, gently moving the spoon around the glass to create a swirl effect.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!
Winter Cocktail Recipes



  • 50ml Bulleit Bourbon
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 15 ml Simple syrup
  • 35 ml ginger beer


  1. Fill mixing glass with ice and add the bourbon, lime juice and sugar syrup.
  2. Mix with a bar spoon.
  3. Strain over ice into a rocks glass.
  4. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a twirl of lime zest.
Winter Cocktail Recipes



  • 35ml Dingle vodka
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml brown sugar syrup
  • 35ml cherry syrup
  • 25ml Aperol


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the vodka, lime juice, sugar syrup, cherry syrup and Aperol.
  2. Stir with a bar spoon.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with three cherries on a cocktail stick.

Sample more seasonally inspired food and drink whist staying at The Lodge at Ashford Castle.

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