Comforting hot cocktails to celebrate the first day of winter
World Best Bar
Dec 21, 2021
10 January 2019
When the weather outside is frightful, hot cocktails are so delightful…
Warm wool socks? Check. Cozy PJs? Check. A roaring fireplace and a great book? Check and check. All you need now is one of these 3 deliciously comforting hot cocktails and you’ll be all good to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Apple Cider Caramel Hot Toddy
In a small saucepan, bring 1/3 cup apple cider to a simmer. Combine 1 1/2 oz. bourbon, 1 tbsp. caramel and 2 tsp. lemon juice in a mug, pour over the hot cider and stir to combine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
Combine 1 bottle of a dry, full-bodied red wine, 1 cup apple cider, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup fresh cranberries,the juice from 2 oranges and the peel from 1 (reserve the other for garnish), 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tbsp. cloves and 1 tbsp. star anise in a slow cooker. Stir to combine and cook on high for about 30 minutes. Serve warm and garnish each glass with an orange peel.
Spiked Hot Cocoa
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 tbsp. cocoa powder with 1/4 cup milk (or oat milk) and whisk until integrated. Whisk in another 1 3/4 cup of milk (that’s 2 in total) until smooth. Add 3 tbsp. sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch cinnamon, 1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips, and continue whisking over medium heat until the chocolate is melted — about 2 minutes — without bringing to a boil. Stir in 2 oz of your alcohol of choice between aged or dark rum, bourbon, or Baileys, or 1 1/2 oz Creme de Menthe or peppermint schnapps. Garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows or both, and serve immediately.