Feeling the winter chill? Don’t let the snow and ice keep you inside – warm up your evening out by ordering a hot winter cocktail! Many restaurants offer specialty cocktails that change with the seasons. Ask your server to see the options, or request one of these traditional favorites. You’ll be feeling warmer in no time!
A very old cocktail recipe with origins dating back to at least 1700, the Hot Toddy is said to help ease cold and flu symptoms. It’s also a great après ski or after dinner drink. Most bartenders will know this recipe, but here’s a guide for those that need a hint.
1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup sugar
1 quart water
2 1/2 cups Scotch whiskey
Freshly grated nutmeg
Combine the lemon, sugar, and water in a small, 2 to 3-quart slow cooker set to high. Cover and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely. Add the Scotch whiskey and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and serve warm with lemon slices and freshly grated nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or cloves.
This recipe can also be made with rum or brandy. Some versions call for honey or tea.
A favorite for holiday carolers and evenings by the fireside, this cocktail adds a mint twist to traditional hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate powder
Rumple Minze or Peppermint Schnapps
Whipped Cream or Marshmallows
Heat milk on stovetop or in microwave. Add powdered chocolate to taste. Add a shot of liqueur and top with whipped cream.
Make your after dinner coffee a little more interesting with this winter recipe. For a simpler version, order your coffee with Baileys (or try it with a splash of tequila if you’re dining at Mexican restaurant!)
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey or rum
1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey’s
Dollop of Whipped Cream
In a glass coffee mug, stir together whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream; top with coffee. Garnish cocktail with whipped cream and serve immediately.
Not every restaurant will have this on hand, but if you’re lucky enough to find one that does, order it right away! A favorite for holiday celebrations, this delightful drink dates all the way back to ancient Rome.
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1 (750-milliliter) bottle cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
1 (3 x 1-inch) strip orange rind
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole allspice
Combine ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer; cook 20 minutes. Strain to remove spices. Serve warm. Serve with cinnamon stick for garnish, if you’d like.
*Best served on cold nights with warm intentions
Similar to the hot toddy, this recipe is a bit more decadent and dessert-like.
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Bottle dark rum
In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.
For the Kids
Have little ones along on your winter meal? Order them hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick, tea with honey or hot chocolate with peppermint syrup.