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:: Top 5 Cold Weather Cocktails ::

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but

Here are 5 cold weather cocktails to help you stay warm (and stay happy); and they are just fabulous to serve at a winter engagement party or wedding reception (…or, you know, whenever!).

Photography :: {MRSter Approved} The R2 Studio

Photography :: {MRSter Approved} The R2 Studio

1 :: Irish Coffee

  • 1 ½ oz of Irish Whisky
  • ½ to ¾ cup hot and strong black coffee
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar or the equivalent sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream

Pour coffee into mug; add whiskey and sugar and stir. Add whipped cream by gently sliding over a spoon to float over coffee. Caution: this drink may bring out the Irish in you.

2 :: Hot Toddy

  • 1 1/1 oz dark rum, brandy, bourbon, rye or scotch
  • Boiling water to nearly fill a 6 oz glass
  • 1 slice of lemon stuck with 3-4 cloves
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or the equivalent sugar substitute

Pour liquor and seasonings into a heavy glass. (An old-fashioned glass works nicely.) Note:  I treat myself to a couple of these when I have a cold. It may not help heal me, but boy do I feel better!

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy” by Dinah Pena is licensed under CC BY 2.0

3 :: Hot Buttered Rum

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • 1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar or the equivalent sugar substitute
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 strip orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Boiling water to nearly fill an 8 oz mug

Pour liquor in the mug; add sugar, cloves and orange peel. Add butter and  boiling water. Stir with cinnamon stick. Yummm!

4 :: Grog

  • 2 oz dark rum or brandy
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Boiling water to nearly fill an 8 oz mug
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or the equivalent sugar substitute
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 2-3 cloves

Pour rum or brandy into an 8 oz mug; add lemon juice and seasonings, fill with boiling water, stir and serve. Umm…this might be good for a cold too, (cough, cough).

5 :: Hot Apple Cider (For a Crowd)

Makes 2 quarts, or enough for around 8 servings

  • 1 apple
  • 10-12 cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • cinnamon sticks

Insert the cloves into the apple. In a medium pot, combine the apple with all the ingredients except the rum and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer over low heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the rum, ladle into mugs and stir with the cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!

Cocktails

winter drink” by  aya padron is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Well, geeze, I think I’ll go make myself a cocktail. Salud!

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