Baby, It’s Cold Outside — Warm Up With Cocktails All Winter Long
With the holiday hustle and bustle behind us and colder temperatures driving us indoors, January makes the perfect time to curl up under a blanket by the fire and relax. Whip up one of these winter cocktails from Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits, and you’ll find yourself even warmer — inside and out.
Bailey’s Peppermint Cream
1 1/2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
4 ounces hot chocolate
Fresh whipped cream
Candy canes, crushed (optional)
Mini marshmallows (optional)
Make the hot chocolate according to directions on packet.
Combine the first two ingredients into a coffee mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle crushed candy canes or mini marshmallows on top, if desired.
2 ounces Pendleton Canadian Whisky
5 ounces coffee
Milk, to taste
Sugar, to taste
1 mini powdered doughnut (optional)
Combine first four ingredients in a heat-safe mug; stir gently. Garnish with a skewered mini powdered doughnut, if desired.
Bulleit Hot Toddy
1 1/4 ounces Bulleit Bourbon or Rye
1 teaspoon fine-grain sugar
2 small cloves
1 1/2 ounces boiling water
Combine all ingredients in a mug; stir and serve.
Hot Buttered Bourbon
2 1/2 ounces Evan Williams Bourbon
6 ounces apple cider
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon butter
1 dash nutmeg
Heat first three ingredients in a small pan. Pour into a heat-safe mug and add cinnamon stick and butter; stir gently and garnish with nutmeg.
1 1/2 ounces Svedka Raspberry Vodka
8 ounces hot chocolate
Combine the first two ingredients in a heat-safe mug. Garnish with whipped cream, raspberries and chocolate shavings.
Hot Peppermint Patty
1 ounce Rumple Minze
½ ounce dark crème de cacao
6 ounces hot chocolate
1 teaspoon green crème de menthe
Combine the first three ingredients in a heat-safe mug; stir gently. Top with whipped cream, and drizzle with green crème de menthe.
Spiced Apple “Walking” Whiskey
2 apples, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoon raw, organic honey
1/4 orange, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups hot water
1 cup Johnnie Walker Red or Black
In a blender or food processor, add first six ingredients (in the order listed). Blend on high for a minimum of 3 minutes (4 to 5 minutes for food processors).
Pour in a large mug with the Johnnie Walker. Garnish with an orange slice, and a cinnamon stick.
Warm Winter Mulled Wine
1 (750 mL) bottle Apothic Red
3 ounces E&J Apple Brandy
3 tablespoons DeKuyper Triple Sec
1 ounce maple syrup
1/2 cup cranberries
1 Red Delicious apple, cut into rings
1 cinnamon stick, broken
1 star anise
1 strip lemon peel
1 strip orange peel
3 cardamom seeds
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Bundle the last five ingredients in a tea diffuser or cheesecloth and place into a medium pot. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low simmer over medium heat.
Serve in heat-safe mugs and garnish with 2 or 3 cranberries and a sprig of rosemary, if desired.
Winter White Mulled Wine
2 (750 mL) bottles Natura Organic Chardonnay
2 cups light apple cider
5 ounces elderflower liqueur
2 tablespoons lemon zest
4 to 5 tablespoons caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean pod, split
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a low simmer for at least 30 minutes. Serve in heat-safe mugs.
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