Do not let winter weather get you down. Instead, enjoy these hot winter cocktails that are perfect for a quiet night at home wrapped up with a book, or sharing with friends at your next holiday party.
Take the chill off winter with a spiked cider drink. Dark alcoholic drinks, like a dark-aged rum, brandy, or bourbon, go perfectly with mulled apple cider. To make this winter cocktail, start by pouring one gallon of apple cider in your slow cooker. Then, add one thinly sliced orange. Cut two inches of ginger into small pieces and add it to the cider. Then, add five sticks of cinnamon. Grab your tea ball and put five anise pods and one tablespoon of whole cloves in it, and add it to the slow cooker. Let cook on low for four hours. Then, add one and a half cups of your favorite alcohol. Cook another 10 minutes and serve. A cider pairs wonderfully with a spicy meal, or cinnamon dessert. According to The Source Bulk Foods, cinnamon provides warming and soothing effects on your body, which makes a spiked cider an ideal winter treat!
A hot toddy is an age-old remedy for every ailment, and many still swear-by it’s healing properties for a common cold. You can easily make a hot toddy at home with only four ingredients. Bring three-quarters of a cup of warm water to a boil in a teapot. Then, add 1.5 ounces whiskey, two tablespoons of honey, and two tablespoons lemon juice. Remove from heat and stir until honey dissolves. Sip and adjust honey and lemon to your taste. A hot toddy is perfect drink for relaxing before bed on a dark winter evening.
Mulled wine is especially perfect for a holiday party, try hosting one outside to really enjoy the spirit of the season. According to Deck Remodelers, a fully covered deck allows you to enjoy the outdoors and host friends and family year-round, even in inclement weather. Deck contractors can easily build a new one or cover your current one. Your guests are sure to enjoy their evening with you when you give them a glass of mulled wine. Since you can make this in your slow cooker and allow everyone to serve themselves, you can spend your time enjoying your friends and family. Start with a bottle of cheap dry red wine. After pouring it into your slow cooker, cut up one orange, and add it. Then, add eight whole cloves, two cinnamon sticks, and two star anise. Finally, stir in four tablespoons maple syrup. Simmer for three hours on low. Then, pour the mixture through a strainer before returning to the slow cooker where guests can serve themselves.
Boozy Hot Chocolate
Boozy hot chocolate is perfect after a day playing in the snow. Hennessey hot cocoa is an easy-to-make recipe, and since you can make this right in your favorite winter mug, there is no mess to clean up afterward. Combine 1.5 ounces of Hennessey, three drops vanilla extract, six ounces hot chocolate, and a shot of spiced syrup. Heat in the microwave for a minute. Then, top with heavy whipped cream and add a garnish of grated chocolate. Williams Sonoma recommends having your chocolate at room temperature before grating. You will love coming home to this no-mess mug of this spiked cocoa after a cold day.
Try one of these cold weather cocktails to warm up at your next dinner party. With so many fantastic winter hot cocktails to try, you just might wish that winter lasted longer.
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