Spirited Winter Warm Ups: Cocktail recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

Green Goblins at Deerfield InnDistance may make the heart grow fonder, but spirits warm our guests during the cold winter months.  Nothing makes a romantic New England getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) better than a warm flickering fire and a hot toddy.  Add in a dash of your favorite spirits, and you can be sure that not only will the heart grow fonder, but you’ll be warmed inside and out. Whether you bring your own or enjoy a cocktail from any of the 12 DINE inns, love will be in the air and that winter glow will be inside and out!

Even if you can’t visit one of the DINE inns right away, you can enjoy your New England inn getaway vicariously by making one of these cocktails and concoctions at home.

Adult Hot Chocolate from Deerfield Inn – a sweet way to warm up!


1 ounce Kahlua

½ ounce Godiva Chocolate liqueur

¼ ounce Amaretto

¼ ounce Frangelico

¼ ounce house-infused Vanilla Vodka

1 scoop hot chocolate mix


Poured into glass hot drink mug.  Filled with milk.  Heated with milk frother wand.

Small scoop of fresh whipped heavy cream and a bit of Belgian chocolate shaved on top for maximum yumminess and hedonism

Red Fin Martini from Manor On Golden Pond – to celebrate “Go Red” during National Heart Month

Photo of Red Fin MartiniIngredients

2 parts Finlandia vodka

1 part red Aliza passionfruit

Splash of cranberry juice

Splash of triple sec


Combine in a martini shaker and shake gently.

Serve in stemware straight up. Garnish with fresh raspberries

Enjoy sitting by a fire
And speaking of red and classic cocktails for the ideal getaway, how about this step-by-step guide to the perfect Bloody Mary from none other than Brian, the Bartender at Rabbit Hill Inn. You’ll get advice on everything from vodkas to Worcestershire sauces to use!  And by the way, year-round, this is the perfect way to start the day after a night of indulging a little bit more than you expected on some of these wonderful cocktails!

The perfect Bloody Mary by Rabbit Hill Inn

While these cocktails may be fun to make at home, wouldn’t they be just a little better enjoyed at any of the Distinctive Inns of New England? Plan your spirited winter getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.