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Baby, It’s Cold Outside — Warm Up With Cocktails All Winter Long

January 7, 2018 GMT

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)

Mint leaf

Make the hot chocolate according to directions on packet.

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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.

Barrel Racer

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.

Chocolate-Covered Raspberry

1 1/2 ounces Svedka Raspberry Vodka

8 ounces hot chocolate

Whipped cream

Fresh raspberries

Chocolate shavings

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

Whipped cream

Combine the first three ingredients in a heat-safe mug; stir gently. Top with whipped cream, and drizzle with green crème de menthe.

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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

Orange slice

Cinnamon stick

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

Serves six

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.

Contact the writer: cwest@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5107; @cheaneywest on Twitter

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