Summer is marked by margaritas, pina coladas, and various and sundry umbrella drinks. What about winter? I think it’s time to get the holiday parties (and romantic chilly evenings) started with a round-up of 10 hot drinks to warm the New Year soul.
#1 – Glogg
Some German friends turned me on to glogg. Check out GlobalGourmet.com’s easy recipe. It is mandatory to put this in a punch bowl, and then surround it with fun-loving, loose-talking compatriots.
#2 – Hot Toddies
Not your great-grandmother’s drink anymore. Really, for me, there is no better wintertime drink than a hot cup of tea with booze in it! Add a tablespoon of honey, a slice of lemon, a cinnamon stick, and a shot (or two) of brandy, bourbon, rum, or whiskey, such as Jack Daniel’s.
#3 – Café Brulot
From allwomenstalk.com comes this recipe for Café Brulot, “an absolutely delicious and picturesque hot French drink.” Heat 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, five cloves, a large lemon and orange peel, a stick of cinnamon, a pinch of vanilla and a cup of brandy. Add it to three cups of strong, good coffee. Then “ignite with a long match and allow to burn for 30 seconds (it will greatly impress your guests – guaranteed!” I’d suggest making this your first drink of the night! Careful, please.
#4 – Chocolate Kiev
My mother and sister are crazy for vanilla vodka, which goes especially well with hot chocolate. Here’s the how-to for Chocolate Kiev: Add 4 oz. of hot milk, 1 oz. of vanilla vodka, and ¾ oz. Amaretto (yum!) to 1 oz. hot cocoa mix.
#5 – Irish Coffee
Don’t know how I managed to wait till #5 for an Irish Coffee. (Don’t know how I managed to make it to December without one, either!) My favorite flavor is orange, so Café L’Orange blends the best of both worlds for me. Add 1 oz. Grand Marnier and a ½-oz. each of cognac and Cointreau to 4 oz. coffee. Top off with a dollop of whipped cream. Makes you really wonder if hot drinks deliver alcohol to the blood stream quicker, though. Make sure you’re not driving anywhere after a couple of these.
#6 – Black Christmas
Black sambuca is on my gift list this year. In my search for a hot drink, I found this suggestion on Drinksmixer.com for a Black Christmas – toss a shot or two into eggnog. Twist my arm.
#7 – Royal Mead Honey Wine
Ask your local wine seller for mead, a honey wine. Similar to the taste you get from mulling spices, it can be served warm and comes in a variety of flavors.
#8 – Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch
Click here for the recipe for this lovely punch, plus tips from other readers.
#9 – Tastefully Simple
Have you tried Tastefully Simple? My friend hosted a party and I stocked up on this limited-edition Mulling Spice. All you have to do is add cran-apple juice to make a drink that will warm your belly… and make your house smell delish.
#10 – Spiked Apple Cider
And lastly, to round out the gamut of holiday drinks, add 1-1/2 oz. of Southern Comfort to apple cider. As with many hot drinks, a lemon slice and cinnamon stick make it nice-nice.